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Recent College Graduation News from the Inly Class of 2007

We were able to track down a few of our Inly Middle School alumni from the Class of 2007 and collect some recent college graduation news.

Detwiler_LiamLiam Detwiler (Inly ’07; Boston College High School ’11) graduated phi beta kappa from Georgetown University with a major in English and a double minor in history and sociology. He spent most of his time working on campus for the nation’s largest student-run credit union, where he became an executive of the operations department and helped manage over 17 million dollars in assets. He also helped to found a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon on campus, was a part of the Georgetown student government, was the treasurer of a speechwriting club, and studied abroad at Trinity College in Dublin during his fall semester of junior year where he continued his love of travel by visiting 12 countries. Following graduation, Liam took a job as an internal, human capital consultant for Capital One where he will be working in Arlington, VA.

Johnson_LucyLucy Johnson (Inly ’07; Dana Hall School ’11) graduated from Wheaton College this May.  She was a studio art major with a concentration in sculpture and an ethnomusicology minor.  She sang in Voices United to Jam, the gospel and R & B singing group on campus (for which she was also the secretary); played steel drums in the Lymin Lyons steel drum band; and danced in Paraiso Latino, the school’s Latin dance group.  This summer she is interning at CATA (Community Access to the Arts), a non-profit arts organization in Great Barrington that offers music, dance and art workshops for people with special needs. She is also interning at Riverbrook, a residence for women with special needs in Stockbridge. In the fall Lucy hopes to move to Boston where she would like to work for an arts organization and/or work with the special needs population.

KaplanHartlaub_HannahHannah Kaplan-Hartlaub (Inly ’07; Commonwealth Academy ’11) just graduated from Smith College with a BA in Spanish and the sociology of education. She spent four years rowing for the Varsity Crew Team and dabbled in social justice organizing. She is spending the summer working at the Lucky Finn Cafe (go say hi!) and preparing to head off to Spain on a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship in September.

MikeMike Kaplan-Hartlaub (Inly ’07; Cape Cod Academy ’11) recently graduated from Wheaton College with a major in psychology. While at Wheaton he joined the Best Buddies chapter and worked with children with developmental disabilities. Mike now works as a behavioral therapist at a psychological consulting firm called Applied Behavioral Analysis Consulting and Services (ABACS) that evaluates and provides treatment for children ages 4–18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in addition to other social and behavioral disorders.

Kelly_PaulPaul Kelly (Inly ’07; Boston College High School ’11) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a dual degree in political science and philosophy. He was inducted into the national Phi Sigma Tau honor society for the latter. During his last two years, he served as elected community organizer for Student Programs for Urban Development and staffed four political campaigns for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He graduates having written a thesis on presidential administration of executive agencies and a capstone on the discursive structures surrounding the Affordable Care Act debate. He is currently working on submitting a paper on Heidegger’s existential analytic for review through Phi Sigma Tau.

Laiosa_RachelRachel Laiosa  (Inly ’07; Notre Dame Academy ’11) graduated from Providence College with two BA degrees, one in English and one in history. She is currently taking some time to catch up and travel before delving into her career path.

Noble_BrettBrett Noble (Inly ’07; Northwood School ’11) graduated from Husson University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a minor in business. In his junior year as part of the environmental club, Brett lobbied the school board for a solar farm on campus. The proposal was accepted and will be built by 2025. For his senior year capstone, Brett and four other students wrote legislation regarding drone regulation that is now being looked at by the Maine House of Representatives.

Ovans_ZoeZoe Ovans (Inly ’07; Commonwealth Academy ’11) graduated phi beta kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in English literature and cognitive science. She’s still in Baltimore now working as the manager of the Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Language Processing and Development.

Phillips_JeremyJeremy Phillips (Inly ’07; St. George’s School ’11) graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in May with a dual degree in business and economics. Throughout his college career, Jeremy excelled in indoor and outdoor track and field. He was named Male Student-Athlete in the Southern Athletic Association several times and led his team to conference championships in 2013 and 2014. He broke two school records in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 relay and qualified for the Division III NCAA National Championships in 2014 and 2015. [http://norwell.wickedlocal.com/article/20150604/SPORTS/150608071/2000/NEWS]

Jeremy is also an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, participated in overseas studies in Belgium, and interned in business and finance in Memphis and New York City. Jeremy will be participating in the client services internship program with Deloitte in Memphis this summer and will be returning to Rhodes in the fall to begin a graduate program in accounting.

Silver_LindsayLindsay Silver (Inly ’07; Boston University Academy ’11) graduated cum laude from Haverford College with a major in English, and minors in computer science and Spanish. Her senior thesis was titled “The Ocean’s Indifference: Confronting Death in the Natural Landscape of Thoreau’s Cape Cod.” She is currently working at Haverford as a summer intern designing a website for the Haverford Library.

Inly Alums Return for High School Senior Internship

Tucker and Chris address the 8th grade students about life after Middle School.

Tucker Meehan and Chris Ribaudo address the 8th grade students about life after Middle School.

Inly alums, Tucker Meehan ‘11 and Chris Ribaudo ‘11, both seniors at Thayer Academy, are spending 3 weeks at Inly School as part of their final high school internship experience. During their time on campus, they have worked with students at all levels, but most extensively with the students in Upper Elementary.

“Our first thought in returning to Inly was honestly, ‘wow, everything seems to much smaller!’” Chris remarked. “It’s also interesting to see things through a different, older lens now. The faculty members feel more like peers and it makes you realize how cool they are.”

“You also see how purposeful the programming is,” said Tucker. “You can see that it’s a long process from start to finish and that each child is constantly building on his own knowledge throughout that process.”

“I’ve also noticed that seeing all of the classroom materials again has sparked so many memories for me,” said Chris. “And it’s amazing how all of the lessons come back, too.”

Tucker will be attending Colby College in the fall and hopes to study Economics and/or Biology. Chris will be attending Northeastern University and plans to pursue Chemical Engineering. The two also spoke to Inly’s 8th grade class about what to expect in high school, how the transition can feel, and anticipating the change in workload, sports, and other student activities. “Inly teaches you because it prepares you,” Tucker states. “I don’t think any Middle School has a class called “Independent Thinking” but that’s exactly what you take away from your time at Inly. And you can apply that to anything going forward.”

Inly Alum Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Spain

HannahKHWe recently caught up with Inly alumnus, Hannah Kaplan-Hartlaub ‘07, who is graduating from Smith College this May. Kaplan-Hartlaub, a Sociology and Spanish double major, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain, where she will spend next year teaching English at a high school in Madrid. While not teaching, she will also help coach the high school’s Model United Nations team and conduct an independent community service project through the network of community gardens in Madrid. “ I’ll be working with the Urban Garden Network of Madrid to do an independent community service project,” Kaplan-Hartlaub said, “which marries my interests in experiential learning, community-building, and playing in the dirt—all things I can I trace back to my time at Inly School.”

Hannah’s love of the Spanish language prompted her to study abroad last year at the University of Cordoba and also inspired her to pursue the Fulbright program in Spain after graduation. Fulbright grantees are selected through an open and merit-based competition. This ensures that the most qualified applicants are fairly chosen in a way that contributes to the main goals of the program: to provide overseas experience to individuals not previously afforded such an opportunity and to promote mutual understanding and benefit through contributions to both host and home communities.

From its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

When asked about her goals for the program, Kaplan-Hartlaub said,

“Primarily, I aim to teach English for student use with cross-cultural engagement and perspective—in other words, to afford my students the opportunity to explore the world with the facility that English makes possible. I’m also eager to explore the country further and contribute through community service. I hope my volunteering in urban gardens will foster tighter neighborhood community and local connection to the earth, and to begin a dialogue around urban agricultural practices and food culture. This would further my goal of having a true exchange of knowledge and culture with the Madrileña community.”

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program is sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Fulbright ETAs are placed in classrooms abroad to assist in strengthening English language instruction, while providing insights on American culture. At the same time, U.S. participants experience intensive cross-cultural interaction in an international educational setting.

Kaplan-Hartlaub reflected that her Inly roots in education “drew out the spirit of exploration” within her:

“While my years at Commonwealth School and then Smith contributed greatly [to this spirit] as well,” she observed, “I always consider Inly to have planted the seed of curiosity. From a young age we worked with teachers and with each other to cultivate our passions, and though the sowing was challenging, the harvest was fruitful and will fortify me during the coming adventures….I hope the Fellowship will allow me to connect further with students and teachers in a new academic setting, and would provide a cross-cultural comparison to inform my interpretations of educational policies in the States upon my return.”

Inly Alum Gives TEDx Talk

RickTedxWe caught up with Inly alum, Rick Housley, who was a recent TEDx speaker. Rick is currently a first-year engineering student at Stevens Institute of Technology. He graduated from Boston University Academy in 2012 and Inly School in 2008. At the age of 18, he signed an assignment agreement with a medical device company for the intellectual property and technology to develop and detect convulsive seizures.

Watch the TEDx Talk:

To hear more about what Rick has been up to since graduating from Inly, read below:

What have you been up to since graduating from Inly?
Middle School was six years ago so I guess I’ve been up to quite a bit. I attended Boston University Academy for high school where I competed in science fairs, captained the soccer and robotics team, and acted as a peer mentor among other activities. Senior year, I attended the International Science Fair where I met some of the brightest minds in the world including Nobel Laureates and those who I assume are Nobel-Laureates-to-be. Also that year, I was fortunate enough to present my science fair project (a convulsive seizure detection and notification system) at the MassMEDIC annual conference where I met some individuals interested in my work. A few weeks later I was working for Strohl Medical continuing the development of my senior year science fair project. The day before I left to begin my collegiate education at Stevens Institute of Technology, I assigned the intellectual property I had attained to Strohl Medical. In college I was selected as a TEDx speaker where I had the opportunity to share with the world how and why I created the medical device I did. Currently I’m pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer engineering and minoring in cyber security and computer science. Here at Stevens, I am a teaching assistant for an intro computer science course, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and working part time for Strohl Medical continuing the development of several new medical technologies.

What was it like giving a TEDx talk?
In two words: exciting and stressful. The TEDx audience is perhaps the best audience to speak in front of because they are extremely excited to hear from the speakers. At the same time, it was a little stressful because you want to give the audience what they came for.

I prepared by outlining what I thought the audience would want to hear about. I assumed that nobody would want to hear about exactly how the device operated, its specifications, or other details, but rather I decided to tell the audience the story of how the device came to be. Surprisingly, I didn’t actually have a script memorized; I knew the story of the device’s development and had a sense of the progression that my talk would follow and just went by that.

How did your Inly education prepare you for where you are today? And where you are going?
When you think schools, you think academics. You think math, history, science, etc. Inly understands that education is more than just learning some material out of a textbook. Don’t get me wrong, when I left Inly I left with a comprehensive academic education, but I also left with a toolbox of skills that have helped me achieve further academic and social success. Inly made a difference in my life by giving me the communication skills to interact with those outside of my immediate social circles. It gave me the confidence to succeed in public speaking and succeed in more intimate professional and non-professional conversations. However, most importantly, Inly encouraged me to pursue the things that interested me most, and in turn, taught me the value of self-education. That is, when there is something you don’t know, there is nothing holding you back from learning that thing. It may sound trivial, but as I continue to pursue my own education I realize how rare this skill, or rather motivation, is present, a skill that all of my Inly friends possess.

Are you hoping to do more talks in the future?
It was a really great experience for me so I certainly hope so! Though I hope next time it will be about something new and exciting that I’m working on.

What is your hope for the technology you have developed?
I hope it’s out there saving lives! My hope is that it will make it to market so that some people can live a little easier knowing that their loved ones are okay. I would really love to see someone wearing one someday.

What is your dream job?
I’m not quite sure yet. I absolutely love startup culture so I’m fairly sure it would be something in that regard. Right now I’m absolutely loving my job; I have a super flexible schedule designing technology that could save lives and I’m learning in the process!

Do you have any advice for Inly Middle Schoolers today and if so, what is it?
If you’re interested in something, learn about it! There is absolutely nothing stopping you from learning about what you love except yourself. Once you find what you love, strive for excellence in it; there’s no reason not to be great at what you love.