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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 reflected her passions. She furthered her interest in painting and drawing in AP Studio and was in David Higham’s Stagecraft class. Alexandra always looked for opportunities beyond the classroom, beyond her responsibilities, to ensure that she’d learn in a hands-on way whenever she could.” She studied fashion and photography in Paris during one summer and took beautiful headshots of actors and crew for Poly productions that were displayed in the theater hallway. She also curated a ‘spotlight’ installation of artworks by seniors for the 2019 Winter Art Show. “Alexandra not only 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 Poly’s yearbook advisor David Reid, “one that stands out is how hard she worked to achieve her vision. She knew what she wanted the yearbook to be, and worked 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 was knowing that it would 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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“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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“…I developed a love of learning, even for its own sake, and Paul Raso was one of the teachers who helped to instill that in me.”

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“I certainly wouldn’t be a software engineer if Ms. Turkenkopf and Ms. Licata hadn’t encouraged my love of math and science.”

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Fiona Greig ’97

“Athletics gave me a natural home.”

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“My favorite part about going to Poly Prep was that I was able to find such an incredible group of people who wanted to see me succeed and cared 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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“Being in an educational environment such as Poly prepared me well to live in and value a pluralistic society.”

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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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Rowan McAllister ’15

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Sonja Lindberg ’16

“I worked more and harder than I ever had in English classes. After a few weeks, I came to love it.

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Wendy Haft ’84

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Will Hochman ’10

“I felt like maybe I could become who I imagined myself to be.”

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