Alumni Stories

See how alumni use the foundation they gained at Willow to make a difference in their high schools, colleges, and communities. We want to hear from more Willow alumni! Contact Alumni Coordinator Noelle Iati to tell us what’s new!

Ethics Bowl Winner

Megan Traudt ’14

Megan began studies at Boston College in Fall 2018 after graduating from Kent Place School. She was a member of the Kent Place Ethics Bowl Team, and her team won the National High School Ethics Bowl in 2018.

“The values that Willow taught me are the ones that I brought to this competition. Willow taught me to think deeply about virtues and my values,” Megan told Middle School and Grade 5 students when she returned to Willow after the team captured the prestigious championship.

Aspiring Filmmaker

Greta Schacht ’14

Greta is taking a Gap Year after graduating from Voorhees High School in June 2018. She plans on studying film and journalism when she begins college.

Last spring, Greta organized a screening of the documentary Girl Rising at Willow after becoming involved in the global campaign to promote girls’ education and empowerment. “I immediately thought of Willow as a great place to share this because it is a place of action and change,” she said. “Willow educates children to act with confidence and compassion, and meet big challenges head on.”

Well-Rounded Life

Miles Griffin ’15

Miles Griffin ’15, a senior at Gill St. Bernard’s School, is the embodiment of the well- rounded individual. Since middle school, he has played in a rock band with Willow classmates and composing and arranging music is a big passion. He is deeply invested in STEM studies and also hopes to study physics and math in college.

Miles is grateful for Willow’s Virtues Program. “My freshman year of high school, no one even knew what a ‘virtue’ was…it was kind of sad. Willow taught us how to display virtues like respect, diligence, and gratitude in life so that we can become well-rounded people. We learn who to see things from and respect other’s point of view.”

Global Legal Recruiter

Gabriela Amaral ’10

After Willow, Gabriela Amaral ’10 attended Vorhees high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University in 2018 and currently works for the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, as a legal recruiting assistant. Gabi hopes her legal work can help her help others. Looking back, she says Willow shaped her “to be curious, to always strive and add value to the world, and to appreciate the people in my life.”

College Leader

Meghan Donovan ’13

Willow prepared Meghan Donovan ’13 to embrace the Jesuit ethos of “Men and Women for Others,” at Fordham University. A psychology major with a pre-health concentration, Meghan is a leader on the Fordham Women’s Club soccer team, a member of the University’s select choir and she is involved in volunteer service both in and out of the Fordham community. She credits Willow with sparking her interest and confidence in pursuing this ambitious path in college.

Crew Team Champion

Oliver Finlay ’14

Oliver entered Lafayette College in Fall 2018 after graduating from The Peddie School. He boarded all four years at Peddie and offered this advice to Willow students headed to boarding school: “Get into a good routine. The work can pile up, and trying to tackle it all at once or waiting until the last minute is a recipe for disaster. That said, there will probably be a lot of resources for you if you’re struggling with time management. Use them.”

A member of the rowing team at Peddie, Oliver won the Caspersen Award for Excellence in Crew and was invited to compete in the U.S. Youth National Championships.

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