Favorite Subject: Capstone
Favorite book read at WA: The Sun Also Rises
Senior Thesis Statement: The unmonitored handling of money that infects the pharmaceutical and drug industry allows Big Pharma to squander its revenue on commercial propaganda, unchecked fraud, and pill-pushing, instead of focusing on the inherent necessity to preserve human life.
Brief Description of Senior Thesis: My senior thesis is about the corrupt system that runs throughout the bones of Big Pharma. An industry that is made to provide life and well-being for the American people who suffer every day, it is instead emptying their pockets. The high prices of drugs sold on the market are higher than any other nation in the world, and it needs to be discussed and brought to the attention of the United States citizens, because people are dying.
Plans: World Race 9 Month Gap Year
Intended Major or field of work after Westminster: I’m a blank page with thousands of ideas. I would love to live nine different lives, but I only have one. But as long as I serve my God all of my days that is the only field of work I need.
Favorite WA tradition: My favorite traditions, we don’t do them anymore, but the fundraisers. I had the most fun doing those and witnessing them. I loved the Funis Runis assemblies where the upper schoolers would put on skits during assemblies, or put on dances with beach balls, or even the trash can band. We had the 9th grade bake sales for the Italy trip and I would come up every year to that same table with two dollars (that felt like 1000 dollars) and think about when I would be able to do that. I also loved Valo-grams. I loved watching people and then hearing you got a song from your dogs but not your parents. I loved watching the seniors get into it and all the dramatics of the event. I really missed that this year. Oh and the bagpipes…its not a WA ceremony without them.
What advice or encouragement would you give to younger students at Westminster?
Your years will be much more enjoyable if you have fun with what you got or the horrible situation you just got put in, than hiding in the corner afraid of the outcome or of people in general. Spirit week is more fun, walking the hallways is more fun, field day is more fun, lunch time is more fun, etc. Being able to enter a building that requires excellence of you everyday is hard and can be mind numbing, so look at it as a time to see your friends and enjoy this growing time with them. So, in conclusion sometimes think with heart more than your head…WA already requires you to use you brain enough.
Please share a funny memory or highlight from your time at Westminster:
Ok so in 6th or 7th grade (you know it’s going be bad since it’s 7th grade) when we used to get Las D quesadillas at lunch time, Mae Mae, Laney, Ginny, and I, being the weird middle schoolers we were decided to not just eat the quesadilla but slap them. I don’t know what evil spirit came over all four of us, but we took the remaining quesadilla and started throwing it up and slapping it. We then formed an alliance, yes an alliance. We called ourselves the “Quesadilla Slappers”. They can correct me if I’m wrong, but Mae Mae was the provider, Laney was the thrower, I was the slapper, and Ginny was the target. HAHAHa I can’t believe we had a target! poor gin. I can’t count the amount of times we slapped that quesadilla during lunch, but the fun doesn’t stop there. I kid you not! We got Mae Mae (aka the provider) the save the quesadilla and bring it to Tailgate that night so we could continue to slap that one quesadilla. When the Basketball games started we snuck out the parking lot hidden in the cover of the night to slap it. After going through rounds over and over the quesadilla had a slow and painful death. We stuffed the dead quesadilla’s leftovers into a lunch box when we saw a random lady just staring at us in her car. She had been there the entire time. We starred back in complete and utter embarrassment and vowed never to mention this ever again. The alliance officially broke up and the Quesadilla Slappers retired indefinately.
Favorite Bible Verse: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25).
Prayer Request: Raising money for my mission trip is something that I need prayer for. That God will give me the wisdom required to handle the process correctly. And prayer while I’m on mission field, this is very important and I need as much support as possible.