Each year in February, Wichita Collegiate School invites an esteemed member of our alumni to serve as a keynote speaker at our annual Mentor Breakfast. This year, we proudly welcomed Sumit Shah '00 home to speak to our senior class.
If new Middle School Counselor Heidi Holton looks very much at home in our hallways, it’s because she walked those same hallways as a student after transferring from another school when she was in 7th grade. We recently visited with Heidi to find out about her passion for counseling, and about some of the favorite and most challenging aspects of her work.
A “lifer” at Collegiate, Christian Hourani began at WCS in 1987 and graduated as a member of the class of 2002. Among so many positive experiences and lessons from his days at WCS, he feels that the most powerful life lessons learned were to set high expectations for oneself and the realization that high achievement can only come from striving for sustained excellence.
Currently a fourth year dental student at the University of Southern California (USC), Taylor Phipps '11 plans to graduate in May 2020. She recently had the privilege to travel to Bocas Del Toro, Panama to provide free dental care to local communities through a program at USC called DHOP (Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program).
Officially, I’m a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Carmabi Research Station. My research is on coral reefs and coral juveniles ... I love this job because I get to do a lot of scuba diving at night, travel all over the world, and speak four languages every day.
Wichita Collegiate is frequently described as a place where it is cool to be smart, cool to play sports, and cool to be an artist and performer. Mike Gehrer recently visited with Dr. Rob Ramseyer, WCS Class of 2002, who is a wonderful example of how students at WCS can do all of these things ... and do them at a high level.
Clare Vanderpool always knew she wanted to be a writer. With much encouragement from her teachers, Vanderpool kept working to refine her style and voice. That work paid off when her first novel, Moon Over Manifest, was published in October of 2010, and won the John Newbery Medal in 2011.
Alex attended Kansas State University, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in German. While at KSU, he received a scholarship to study abroad for one year at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. “Moving to a foreign country where I knew no one, attending engineering classes in German, and working in a world-class R&D institute, was an incredible experience, which I credit in large part to the academic foundation and work ethic developed at Collegiate.”
In my opinion, the people in the WCS community are its crown jewel. I made lifelong friends and mentors that include both peers and faculty. Even after graduating, teachers and advisors love to be updated on students’ college or career progress. The Collegiate family welcomed me with open arms and acted as a springboard for my future. I’ll forever be grateful for that invaluable opportunity, and no matter where I go, I’ll always be a Spartan!
The idea of earning respect and deserving success was ingrained in us at Collegiate. We knew that we had to prove ourselves to the faculty and to each other while we were at WCS. Probe Te Dignum! We knew once we graduated that our classmates and faculty would keep track of us through word of mouth and the Collegiate Connection. For me, that was a great motivator to keep up and thrive.
Being a part of this community, you always have this support network. And when you’re out in the world doing your thing, you still have this Collegiate group of people that are there for you. So that’s something I hope my kids get out of Collegiate. I hope they will leave having taken advantage of all the amazing things it has to offer.
Over the past two years, I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Rome, Italy. During these two years my purpose was to invite people to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ.
After graduating from WCS, Robert went to MIT where he majored in neuroscience, computer science and electrical engineering. Robert received his bachelor's in 2011 and continued on to pursue a master's in artificial intelligence at MIT.
Christian Corrigan began at Wichita Collegiate in 1990 and graduated as member of the class of 2005. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time varsity letter winner and all-conference selection in Sprint Football. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas, where he was an editor of the Kansas Law Review.