For students, this time of year brims with new beginnings and fresh challenges. As seniors in high school embark on months of endings and “lasts,” they, too, are preparing for a new transition after high school.
Before it’s time to don the mortarboards, let’s take a moment to give a tip of the hat to this year’s Prep Elite students, who were among students nominated by their schools and chosen by our editorial team. Read about the other students here: Sarah Cao, Merlyn Mayer, Evan Dimich
Mae Monette, Providence Academy
“Mae Monette is among the most poised students at Providence, likely due in part to the fact that she has been a decorated musician for much of her years, devoting several hours per week to her musical endeavors (vocal and instrumental) ... Mae has developed into a tenacious student, possessed of strong motivation, intellectual vitality and instinctive creativity, phenomenal musicality, combined with the humility of a saint. What is remarkable about her accomplishments … is that she maintains a genuinely selfless demeanor and tutors her peers in several areas, including Spanish (she is also fluent in Japanese), English and history. Mae’s contributions as a golf captain, Theater Council member (veteran cast member), as well as a student ambassador with our Admissions Department, only add to her layers … Mae divides her summers between enrichment experiences, most recently at the University of Chicago, studying neuroscience, and time visiting family in her mother’s home country of Japan, where she has served as a teaching assistant in local schools. Mae [planned] to travel this summer to Costa Rica to conduct in-depth research with our science faculty and Seeds of Change ...” – Sarah Hogan, college counselor
What influenced you the most during high school?
During my freshman year, I was able to perform at the North Central/Central ACDA Regional Convention in Chicago with my school’s chamber choir ... It taught me the importance of hard work in an ensemble. I had to learn to work with upperclassmen, [who] I did not know, which was hard at first. However, the work that we put in preparing our songs paid off at the concert. It was rewarding to perform at such a great venue, and it was amazing to be able to listen to other incredible choirs. – M.M.
Your future in three words: Success, happy, meaningful