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Steppingstone to the world’s top universities

Each year, Marianopolis College students gain entry to the world’s top universities, many of them in their first-choice program. From direct admission to McGill University’s Faculty of Law to acceptance in the Ivy League and the most selective schools in the United Kingdom, here is what some members of the Class of 2016 achieved and what they loved about Marianopolis.

1 Yasmina Aspinall-Hodroge '16Name: Yasmina Aspinall

High school: Villa Maria High School

Hometown: Westmount

Area of study: Liberal Arts

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Third World Studies Certificate and Free the Children Club

Accepted at: McGill University, Durham University, King’s College London, University College London

Will attend: McGill University

Plans for university studies/career: a double major in political science and economics, as well as electives focused on philosophy; a career in economic development, particularly in South-East Asia

Best Marianopolis memory: the Liberal Arts program, without exaggeration, has become my second family these past two years. I feel so privileged to have met such intelligent, engaging and unique individuals. My fondest memory will definitely be the sense of community and mutual support that I found at Marianopolis

Favourite class or professor: There are so many great teachers to choose from. I can’t decide between the three classes I took with Maurice Dufour and Veronica Ponce’s Modern Philosophy. All were fascinating and I learned a lot from insightful in-class debates

2 Louisa Cervero Class of 2016Name: Louisa Cervero

High school: Kuper Academy

Hometown: Beaconsfield

Area of study: Liberal Arts

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Marianopolis Model United Nations Club

Accepted at: University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, University of Birmingham

Will attend: University of Edinburgh

Plans for university studies/career: politics and sociology

Best Marianopolis memory: the sense of community and family within the Liberal Arts program. Being part of such a small program filled with amazing, intelligent people was a privilege

3 Amy Chen Class of 2016Name: Amy Chen

High school: Lower Canada College

Hometown: Montreal

Area of study: Creative Arts, Languages and Literature

Accepted at: Parsons School of Design, McGill University, Concordia Fine Arts

Will attend: Parsons School of Design

Plans for university studies/career: to make art and ultimately prove that artistic practice can be a conduit that contributes toward a bettering of the world we live in

Best Marianopolis memory: Winning the salad cook-off, Arts Trip to NYC and Boston

Favourite class or professor: The Human Figure with Selena Liss and Memory and Imagination with Sabine Walser

4 Hala Chergui Class of 2016Name: Hala Chergui

High school: Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

Hometown: Montreal

Area of study: Music – Voice Performance

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Ambassador of the McGill Chamber Orchestra

Will attend: University of Toronto with a Faculty of Music Entrance Scholarship

Plans for university studies/career: Bachelor’s in Voice Studies, Master’s in Opera and join a Young Artist Program affiliated with an opera house

Best Marianopolis memory: All the recitals I was able to take part in

Favourite class or professor: Music Lit with Nancy Berman and French with Sylvain Pagé

5 Melissa Demir '16Name: Melisa Demir

High school: Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert

Hometown: Brossard

Area of study: Honours Commerce

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Coordinator of External Affairs and Coordinator of Student Development on Congress; Executive of Medications for the Marianopolis Global Brigades Club; Executive of Fundraising for the Marianopolis Model United Nations Club

Will attend: McGill University Faculty of Law

Best Marianopolis memory: there are so many to choose from, but I think going to Rome with the Model UN team, and ending my last semester by getting dressed up and having a great time with my friends at the 4873 Party are two of my favourites

Favourite class or professor: Sciences Modernes with Sylvain Pagé, Fundamentals of Law with Stuart Kruger or any class with Andrew Willmer

6 Nicholas Johnson '16Name: Nicholas André G. Johnson

High school: Selwyn House School

Hometown: Outremont

Area of study: Honours Health Science

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Member at Large, Marianopolis Student Congress, Member, MSU Social Activities and Social Justice Committees; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kids with Kawasaki Foundation; Member, MEDLIFE Marianopolis; Member of the Chess Club (five-time provincial champion); Member, Caribbean African Student Society; Member of Chemistry, Biology and Health Science Series clubs

Accepted at: Princeton University, Columbia University, The University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Dartmouth College

Will attend: Princeton University

Plans for university studies/career: to pursue my interests in the fields of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Health Policy before attending medical school

Best Marianopolis memory: the times spent working with 17 exceptional students and the amazing Trudy Ste.-Croix, as a member of the Marianopolis Student Congress

Favourite class or professor: I had many memorable classes and professors at Marianopolis. Those that particularly stand out are Enriched Calculus II with Shaun White, Enriched General Biology I with Ursula Oberholzer, Early Modern Knowledge with Sarah Waurechen and Human Rights in the Modern World with Maria Salomon

7 Amra Kubat '16Name: Amra Kubat

High school: St. George’s School of Montreal

Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Area of study: Commerce

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: peer tutoring

Accepted at: The University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, McGill University, Royal Holloway University London, Concordia University

Will attend: McGill University

Plans for university studies/career: Economics and Management

Favourite professor: Jennifer Campbell, Norma Vite-Leon, Louise Nobile and Megan Spriggs, among all the other professors who have taught me during my time at Marianopolis. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their support and commitment

8 Alex Obrand '16Name: Alexandrine Obrand

High school: Lower Canada College

Hometown: Westmount

Area of study: Health Science

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: I’m a nationally ranked competitive swimmer. Marianopolis accommodated my elaborate training schedule to ensure I could attend every class as well as every workout. Teachers were very helpful in rescheduling missed tests or labs due to competitions. I am thankful for the support I was given as I move on to compete for MIT in the NCAA.

Will attend: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Plans for university studies/career: I hope to find a way to combine my interests in engineering and medicine

9 Brandon SchwartzName: Brandon Schwartz

High school: Bialik High School

Hometown: Montreal

Area of study: Double DEC in Music and Social Science

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: I was the producer and co-executive of the Marianopolis Theatre Company for two years, presenting the musical productions of Avenue Q and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Will possibly attend: Ryerson Unviversity

Plans for university studies/career: Musical theatre, media production, acting, singing, music

Favourite professor: Vanessa Sasson. She always went above and beyond to make us realize that an education is something we are privileged to have and not something that any one of us should take for granted. Don’t waste it doing something you don’t care about. Learn and do what makes you happy

10 Matthew Steinberg Class of 2016Name: Matthew Steinberg

High school: Lower Canada College

Hometown: Montreal

Area of study: Health Science

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: peer tutoring, Hillel Marianopolis, MEDLIFE, Marianopolis Young Leaders Organization, First-Aid Team

Will attend: University of Pennsylvania

Plans for university studies/career: to study Biomedical Engineering and ultimately go into medicine

Best Marianopolis memory: having one of our last Cal II classes of the semester outside with Professor Alain Léger

Favourite class or professor: I found nearly all the science classes I’ve taken to be interesting and informative. The non-science classes I’ve taken and have particularly enjoyed include Stories and Story Telling, Adolescent Psychology, Screenplay and Stageplay, Sports Management and Business Communication

11 Karl Valentini '16Name: Karl Valentini

High school: Selwyn House School

Hometown: Montreal

Area of study: Honours Commerce

Involvement at Marianopolis outside the classroom: Marianopolis Debate Club (President), Congress (Coordinator of Student Advocacy), The PaperCut (President), Young Executives Business Club (Vice-President)

Will attend: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Best Marianopolis memory: Organizing the Marianopolis Debate Tournament

Favourite class or professor: Throughout my time at Marianopolis, I have enjoyed learning from knowledgeable and passionate professors who were always willing to provide guidance. My English classes with Professor Paul Malott and my Psychology class with Professor Anne-Marie Linnen are highlights. I want to thank all of my professors for their support and for inspiring my curiosity