We are very proud of our graduating class this year. They’ve faced the challenges with grace, humor, intelligence, and camaraderie. We wish them all the best and great success in their many future endeavors. Here’s where they’re planning to go next year:
Kenneth Bellamy will study automotive mechanics at Columbia Greene Community College. For his Senior Project he diagnosed problems with and repaired a used Subaru, including an engine swap. For his Junior Project, he built a dry slope and rails for summer skiing.
Julia Colodny plans to take a gap year next year before continuing at community college. Her Senior Project was in acrylic painting, with Geneve Brossard as her mentor, and her Junior Project was a study of a Mozart piano piece with Tim Dunne.
Sadie Curtis will study environmental science, foreign languages, and philosophy at Oberlin College next fall. For her Senior Project, she wrote an album for electric guitar and voice, June EP, and recorded it with Andrew Thomson at Pipeman Studios. Last year she built weather recording instruments and used them to make daily predictions on a weather website that she created.
Lucas Estern plans to study sociology at Sarah Lawrence College next year. For his senior project, he studied electronic music, sound design, and music technology. Last year, he learned to play the guitar.
Amelia Fernbacher will attend Berkshire Community College to major in liberal arts. She plans to transfer to UMASS Lowell to study sociology, then continue in law school. Her Senior and Junior Projects were a study of acrylic painting with artist Gail Downey.
Lulu Levy will attend Brown University to study biochemistry and linguistics. For her Senior Project she worked as a data science intern at Epic Sciences, a biotech company that develops comprehensive, non-invasive tests for cancer, with Joseph Schonhoft and Audrey Gill. She also spent 3 months in Wellington, Florida, training her horse under Meagan Davis.
Esther Martel will attend Bard College in the fall to study film and acting. This spring she interned with Sandy Klein in clothing design. For the past two years, she has worked in business management and as an intern and employee at The Lost Lamb Patisserie with Claire Raposo.
Linda Ripley will major in photography at Parsons School of Design next year. For her Senior Project she built a darkroom in her basement, learned to develop and shoot on film, and interviewed photographers. Last year she worked on her portfolio, created a website, and founded an online art magazine, The Playground Magazine (www.theplaygroundmagazine.org).
Katie Rumin will attend Oberlin College Conservatory next fall, with a classical viola performance major. For her Senior Project, she studied the theremin, an early electronic instrument, under soloists Lydia Kavina and Carolina Eyck. Last year, she made a website for herself (katierumin.com) under the guidance of Amy Inglis.
Jem Taylor will attend Ithaca College next fall to study photography & visual arts. His Senior Project was a video about life in the Berkshires and Northern Connecticut, in Spanish, for a community in the mountains of Costa Rica. His mentor was Ken Roht. Jem’s Junior Project in photography was titled Six Feet Apart: A photographic portrayal of teenage life during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
Mattie Vandiver will attend Vassar College and plans to double major in environmental science and English/creative writing. Her senior project was an internship at Adam Paul Heller Studio, where she carved stone, honed gravestones, and learned brush calligraphy. Her Junior Project included poetry and photography for her book, A Place of In Betweens (mattievandiver.com and on Amazon). Her mentor was Beth Robbins.
Other Schools admitting our students: American University; Brigham Young University; Bryn Mawr College; Colorado Mountain College, Leadville; Concordia University (Montreal); Drexel University; Emerson College; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT); Indiana University; Lesley University; Lewis & Clark College; Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University, Sweden); Mount Holyoke College (2); New England Conservatory; The New School; NYU; Pitzer College; Reed College; Sarah Lawrence College; Skidmore College (2); University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Denver; UMass, Amherst; University of San Francisco; University of Vermont (2); Vassar College