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Whitby self-directed projects gave me the confidence and the skills (research, writing, presentation, and public speaking) that translated to my college years, and are skills I use today in the boardroom with c-suite executives.
Elise Tropin , Whitby Class of '04
Whitby had a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Elise Tropin (nee Sarda), Whitby class of 2004. Despite the intervening years, Elise has clear memories of her sixth and eighth-grade projects. These self-directed projects culminated in presenting material and research to large audiences (at age 11 and 13!). These projects helped Elise hone her research and writing skills, but she also believes it was key to developing the skills and confidence to present and connect with an audience. The skills learned while at Whitby continue to be used by her in college lecture halls and board rooms with c-suite executives.
Elise explored a variety of topics. In sixth grade, Elise completed a year-long project studying dolphins and how they can support children with learning disabilities.
Elise developed an interest in acting, as an eighth-grader, and used that as the foundation for another year-long research project. An exciting part of the project was landing a Broadway internship that beloved Whitby teacher, Chandra Mann, helped her secure. Her final presentation was a self-produced video that captured her experience. Elise continued her love of acting in high school at Rye Country Day, playing roles in several musicals.
After attending Rye Country Day School, Elise received a BA (cum laude) from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating, Elise joined a healthcare consulting firm and recently formed a new consultancy firm with other principals. She is a minority shareholder. We are thrilled to learn about Elise’s journey since leaving Whitby, and we look forward to engaging her in the Whitby community even more!
The skills we learned at Whitby - teamwork, problem-solving, structure, focus - definitely helped us through the the succesful development of our video game Mini-Golf RPG.
Tyler Chapman & Stefan Marshall, Whitby Class of '12
I consider the math program at Whitby to have been the foundation for the next five years of my math studies.
Belle Behring, Whitby Class of '18
I remember being in music class and the teacher bringing in Ngawang Choephel, a well-known Tibetan activist. Choephel and other speakers left quite the impression on me and recently we got in touch - all of this was because of Whitby.
Emily Teall, Whitby Class of '08
"Whitby fosters resilience, creativity, and compassion inside and outside of the classroom. I will be forever thankful to the school for affording me the unique opportunity to build skills as both a mentor and mentee at just 7 years old."
Samantha Sandler, Whitby Class of '05
"Whitby had an enormous impact on my life such as my desire to learn."
Joe Carvin , Whitby Class of '64
".. part of my interest in business early on and my exposure to the financial markets was at Whitby."
Carl Jean-Pierre, Whitby Class of '12
Since graduating from Whitby School in 2018, Seneca Schwartz has been excelling at John Jay High school in Cross River NY. Recently, Seneca gave a TED Talk entitled " Why Don't More Girls like Jumping Off Walls? Three Observations from a Female Parkour Athlete." In this talk, Seneca takes you on her journey in the male-dominated world of Parkour. Seneca discusses strategies in dismantling stereotypes to create a more inclusive environment. Seneca exhibits many of the IB profile traits Whitby instills in students and also shows great courage and confidence in her presentation.
"The one thing I took away from my Whitby education is the independence of knowing yourself, not following into a norm, and having the ability to try new things."
Cora Thomas, Whitby Class of '99
In the photo above, Liam is on a product development call for start-up, L1nkup, a fintech startup looking to create better way for students to pay for things on campus, starting with wristbands to pay for all items at school, and moving onto mobile technology for this use. Read more about Liam's journey from a Whitby student to his latest accomplishmentmore about Liam and his new venture capital fund.