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Milton Students Stay Busy Over Summer

by on Friday, June 7th, 2013

In just a few short hours, the 2012-2013 school year will come to its much anticipated end, and Milton’s students will scatter from campus to begin summer break. Some are hopping on planes headed to all corners of the globe, while some are walking a mere block away to their homes. Regardless where they will spend the next few months, all Milton students have something planned for the summer. From running their own businesses to interning at Harvard Medical School, five Milton students have particularly remarkable summers ahead of them.

Shanlyn Tse (III)

Shanlyn Tse (III) will be going to Udonthani, Thailand, with Rustic Pathways, a company that “provides superior quality travel and service programs for students in some of the world’s most welcoming countries,” according to its website. Shanlyn will be participating in forty hours of service projects, “such as teaching orphans English and art, helping out on a farm, building homes in the village, and maintaining Buddhist temple grounds.” Shanlyn plans to travel with about fifty other high school students from all over the United States.

Shanlyn has “always wanted to go on a community service trip overseas. I don’t have a lot of time during the school year [for community service], so summer is the perfect opportunity to go. I’m really excited to be working with the kids in the orphanages and schools and building houses for people in the village. Even though I’ve already been to Thailand, I went to only Bangkok and Chiangmai, which were quite urban, so I’m really excited to explore a different, more rural part of Thailand. I’ve also never been on a community service in another country, so I’m excited to meet other kids, live in a totally different place, and experience the Thai culture.”

Claire Robertson (I)

If you walk around Kellner during any time of the year, it’s hard to miss Claire Robertson’s (I) incredible photography hanging on the walls. Not only is Claire’s senior project based on photography, but she is also dedicating her entire summer to the art. Since she was twelve years old, Claire has been going to the Charles River Creative Arts Program (CRCAP), a program that works with kids from ages 6-15. CRCAP offers classes in numerous departments, including theater, visual art, media, animation, dance, tech theater, photography, writing, and even some sports classes.

After three years as a camper, Claire applied for and received a C.I.T position. This coming summer will be Claire’s third and final year as a counselor at CRCAP. “Since this is my third year, I get to teach my own class, called ‘Begin-stagram: Photojournalism.’ I’m going to teach kids how to take more candid photos that tell a story, and then also how to caption, title, and publish work. It’s a great way for me to continue doing photography and writing while also making a positive impact on others’ lives. I also love working with kids and am thinking about pursuing a career in education of some sort. Even though CRCAP really isn’t anything like school, we’re teaching material we are passionate about.”

Yuta Immaru (I)

Yuta Inumaru’s (Class I) summer still consists of much work and discovering. “While planning for my senior summer, I wanted to have enough to do that I wouldn’t get bored while at the same time not make it too intense.” Soon after summer break begins, Yuta plans on traveling around Asia through much of Korea and Japan. He hopes to tour around these countries with a Milton friend while “experiencing the culture of the places [we visit]. I’m very excited about the trip to Korea. Although this is my second time, I’m hoping to visit some parts of the country that I haven’t seen before. I was fortunate enough to make plans for the trip in Korea with my family’s consent and the generosity of my host friend.” Yuta is also hoping to reunite with many friends he made at The Mountain School before the start of college. Lastly, “I am finally going to get my license back at home in Connecticut. Let’s just say that I can’t wait to become independent from my parents control over my transportation means!”

Mykayla Sandler (II)

Mykayla Sandler (II) will be spending much of her summer time at Harvard College. Chosen from a large group of very-qualified high school students, Mykayla will participate in the Basic Science Partnership summer research program at the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. “I’m excited and also a bit nervous to be the only high school student in the lab.” For eight weeks, Mykayla will intern for Dr. John Flanagan, researching cell-signaling molecules and the effect on the development and regeneration of connections in the nervous system. Dr. Flanagan “gave a great overview of the work they are doing related to nerve regeneration, and I found it so interesting,” says Mykayla.

This is not the first summer Mykayla has spent studying science: over the past two years, she has participated in biomedical engineering and pathology courses at Smith College, she took a simulation lab course at Tufts Medical School, and she shadowed a pediatrician at work.

Ravi Rhaman (IV)

Anyone can tell that Ravi Rahmen (IV) is an absolute computer fanatic. Three years ago, he founded Geek Resolutions, a company that provides technology solutions for individuals, small to medium sized businesses, and non-profits. It offers offline and online marketing needs, including websites and newsletters. Ravi originally founded this company to “bridge my passions for technology and entrepreneurship. Through operating this business, I am able to explore all aspects of running a company and expand my professional skills while having some fun exploring my interests.”

Along with working on his ever-expanding company, Ravi is also working with Milton Academy’s ATS Department for about 8-10 weeks this summer, during which time he will help refresh and set up the computers on campus for the upcoming school year. “I will be tackling new projects, such as how to efficiently wipe and reinstall the operating system on the Macs and K-8 computers, as well as other programming projects, such as revamping the science computer logon script I enhanced last summer. When working at Milton ATS, I look forward each day to supporting the Milton community and making the lives of teachers and students more efficient through technology.”

Ravi’s additional summer plans include helping Milton teachers to better understand and utilize technology, taking a 3-week course in Engineering at the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. “I am most excited for spending the summer doing what I love: using technology and math/science as a tool to release my creativity. All of these opportunities are what I want to do; not what I must.”

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