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Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20

Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20 incorporates art into everything she does,” said Visual Arts Department Chair Laura Coppola ‘95. “With her deans, she crafted a senior year schedule that reflects her passions. She is furthering her interest in painting and drawing in AP Studio and is in David Higham’s Stagecraft class. Alexandra seeks out opportunities beyond the classroom, beyond her responsibilities, to ensure that she’s learning in a hands-on way whenever she can.” She studied fashion and photography in Paris during the summer and was asked to take the headshots of actors and crew for Poly productions that hang in the theater hallway. She also curated a ‘spotlight’ installation of artworks by seniors for the Winter Art Show. “Alexandra not only has designed costumes for Poly productions, but she’s also made her own clothes. So, she really knows how to weave her academic and school-based arts learning into her everyday life,” Laura said. “When I taught her in AP Art History, I was impressed with her focus and her desire to learn more about, analyze, and question the histories and cultures that paved the way for the visual culture in which we are embedded today.

“Of the many things that impress me about Alexandra” said yearbook advisor David Reid, “one that stands out is how hard she works to achieve her vision. She knows what she wants the yearbook to be, and works relentlessly, often entirely behind the scenes and without full recognition or thanks, to make it happen. When she started with yearbook, her vision was well beyond what the book had been, but that did not daunt her at all, and, in a short time, she had brought it there! Especially impressive is that one of her biggest motivations in working on the book is knowing that it will bring happiness to others to see themselves in a great yearbook, to have it personalized to their own class and friends, to have their memories down on paper, and to have a yearbook that really captures the spirit of the school.”

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Alex B. ’26

“[Alex] designs and builds objects for 3D printing in Fusion 360, which is a complex program used in industry.”

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Alexandra Fried ’20

“The teachers are the best part of going to school at Poly Prep. They are excited to teach their subjects, which makes it easier for students to be enthusiastic about learning.”

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Anne L. ’27

“I love the arts and Poly let’s you express yourself and what you love to do. Not all schools let you be that creative.”

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Charlotte Knutsen ’21

“[Charlotte] asks penetrating questions in class and is constantly using the classroom space to test and improve her thinking,

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Clover G. ’28

Clover G. ‘28 co-wrote a song called “Not Anymore,” which she performed with classmates at the Lower School Winter Concert.

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Hank S. ’24

“Poly understands how sports and academics are equally important in students’ lives. We get an hour of PE almost every day and have a wide array of sports to choose from and many teams to join both in Middle School and Upper School. There are facilities and fields for almost every sport you can think of.”

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Jesse R. ’27

“At Poly we do a lot of team activities, which will definitely help me prepare for the future when I will need to be a good team player and never say “no, I cannot do this. It’s way too hard.’”

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John W. ’32

“John W. ’32 loves P.E. and shows good sportsmanship after each contest.”

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Junie B. ’24

“Junie is a bright and smart student who goes beyond just academics. She was willing to help other students who were struggling,”

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Kahaliah Sandy ’21

“Kahaliah has a great ear and confidence to carry out a conversation in Mandarin.”

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Gauri Purohit ’21

“Poly has given me a vast array of opportunities in both academics and the arts, which have allowed me to immerse myself in math courses beyond the standard curriculum and participate in theatre performances.”

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Hallie Stephenson ’20

“My favorite part about going to Poly Prep is that I am able to find such an incredible group of people who want to see me succeed and care about my future. The mentors I’ve found at Poly have given me confidence and have inspired me to pursue things that I was at first unsure about.”

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Khari F. ’24

“There are so many good people around and there is always someone you can ask for help when you need it.”

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Kyra N. ’25

“I love looking out the window in my classes and seeing the big willow tree sway across the pond.”

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Lola Stephens ’21

“Lola S. ’21 is a top science student, always pushing her own boundaries to understand information and concepts at the deepest levels,”

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MaKiyah T. ’24

“I decided to come to Poly because of its amazing extracurriculars. I’m really interested in theater, visual arts, language, and sports, and Poly offers all of them.”

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Margaret C. ’26

“From a dramatic musical to creating an abstract painting. Poly has so many classes from which you can choose what you really want to do.”

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Max P. ’25

“Max is always willing to stop what he is doing to help out a classmate, who may be struggling, and is a great asset in the classroom.”

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Nina E. ’32

“Nina E. ’32 brightens our Kindergarten classroom with her luminous spirit and irrepressible enthusiasm.”

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Noah S. ’24

“[Noah] has a clear passion for understanding the intricacies of mathematical problem solving, as well as making connections between past and current learning and how all of what we learn relates to the world.”

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Nyla Welch ’20

With an exceptional talent for language, Nyla has traveled abroad through Poly’s Academic Travel program twice, to Martinique and France.

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Parsa A. ’25

During the seventh grade’s reenactment of the Constitutional Convention, Parsa had the leadership role of George Washington and proved to be a fair and responsible president of the convention.

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Ryantony Exuma ’22

“Just like stringing notes together to create music, in French class, Ryantony strings together words, manipulates syntax, and applies grammar to express himself in such a thoughtful and euphonious manner…”

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Samantha Chan ’21

“Poly encourages students to seek help from teachers, lead meaningful conversations in class, and voice their opinions at community forums.”

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Sophia C. ’31

Sophia C. ’31 is full of creativity and during choice time, she enjoys working with her classmates to create books about topics she loves.

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Tess Sutter ’21

“Tess’ work ethic, values, and ability to be a consummate teammate while striving for excellence have been recognized by her teachers, coaches, and peers.”

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Valentina A. ’27

“When I first walked into Lower School, I was a little nervous. I would be the newcomer. However, there I was walking through the doors of the most loving, caring, empathetic, and supporting school ever.”

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William L. ’24

“William dedicates himself to excellence both in and out of the classroom.”

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Zoe D. ’29

Zoe D. ’29 loves to solve puzzles and to create things such as the animations she creates using Scratch (or the Scratch coding environment).

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Channing Austin ’20

Third baseman Channing Austin, who played on Team NY at the National High School Baseball Championship in Houston in 2019, committed to play for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

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