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


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


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


Jesus, chemistry, mathematics and Spanish


: 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


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


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.


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.


Cum Laude Society Member, Spanish Honors Society Member, Intern at AIDS Clinic in Switzerland, English and Spanish department award recipient, Colgate University Book Award Recipient, ‘’ Movie-Trailer Third Place Winner and National Spanish Exam Gold recipient

What I liked best about my high school years:

I loved being able to be a part of La Jolla Country Day's yearly theater productions. The multitudes of laughs that I shared with my fellow intrinsically motivated actors and actresses, while we all goofed off back-stage was a beautiful thing.

What I liked least about my high school years:

Even though my school community was helpful and understanding, I still felt stifled by the competitive nature of the college process my junior year of high school. I felt like I had to take more APs (Advanced Placement classes) than were necessary and like I didn't have the fun that I should be having with my friends and family.

Fast Facts:

• Commencement/ Grad Night: Were held May 27

• Featured Speaker: Peer Nominated Student — Alex Cromidas

• Valedictorian and Trustee’s Award (Highest grade point average): David Flicker

• Head of School Award (Second highest grade point average): Ryan Taylor

• Faculty Prize (Students that best demonstrate the scholar, artist athlete ideals): Fiaalii Togiaso and Kelsey Miller



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