Spotlight on the Class of 2011: La Jolla Country Day School

Editor’s note: Each year, the Light spotlights a few graduating seniors from each of our local high schools. Here’s a sampling of the Class of 2011 at La Jolla Country Day School. It was compiled by Catherine Sulpizio. Next: La Jolla High.

•  Mollie Rogers, 18, Yale University

Interests:

Neuroscience, biology, volleyball, cooking, reading, watching movies with friends and family

Accomplishments:

Cum Laude Society member, San Diego Union Tribune All Academic Team Captain, Wellesley Book Award winner, two-time Division IV Volleyball State Champion, Prep Volleyball All-American and Prep Volleyball Academic All-American.

What I liked best about my high-school years:

Senior year was amazing, but not because it was easy. My courses were challenging, yet I enjoyed all of them. My class also gained so much unity in our last year, and I relished each moment we spent together.

What I liked least about my high-school years:

The middle of my junior year was extremely tough. I was studying, taking standardized tests and playing club volleyball, all while trying to decide on a college.

• Jason Kang, 19, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests:

Jesus, chemistry, mathematics and Spanish

Accomplishments

: AMC School Winner, Cum Laude Society Member, NOLA Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist.

What I liked best about my high-school years:

I liked how the Country Day community supports one another. I feel like we truly became one family by the end of the year as we have supported everyone. I also appreciated the fact that I could spend four years of my life with great friends and teachers.

What I liked least about my high-school years:

I didn't like how the college application process overwhelmed me during the first semester of my senior year.

• Alex Cromidas, 18, Pitzer College

Interests:

Acting, jazz band, academic league, public speaking, history, student government, various forms of musical improvisation with my friends.

Accomplishments:

Coastwise Essay Contest second place winner, Upper School secretary-treasurer, band department award recipient, English department award recipient, Harry Drogin drama award recipient, UCSD-TV intern, founding member of the LJCDS jazz band, school literary magazine editor, 4-year academic league team participant, LJCDS men's football and basketball announcer.

What I liked best about my high-school years:

I'm a La Jolla Country Day lifer, so I've spent a whole lot of time working and playing on the campus. It's nice to see all the effort I've put into my Country Day career have an impact on the school's community. Whether it's through the jazz band, acting, or any of the other various activities I take part in at LJCDS, I'm always glad to see that I've made a difference.

What I liked least about my high-school years:

I had to battle sickness and disease for most of my high school career. While I try not to complain about it that much, it is still an annoying and challenging part of life I have to get through.

Romana Bruderer-Schwab, 17, Connecticut College, following a gap year in Peru.

Interests:

Spanish, German, theater, cinematography, international community service, travel, the nightly dinners with my family, making music videos with my friends, laughing and having a good time.

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