2020 SENIOR WILLINGS & ADVICE
Each year, Visitation seniors entrust their favorite traditions, possessions, and inside jokes to their underclass sisters for safekeeping. Although the class of 2020 has had to adapt to the most unexpected of times the past few months, this tradition lives on. Here are the memories that the class of 2020 wishes to share with you.
Anna Zauha, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A little chocolate goes a long way :). To J-Finn my apples and the grass bunnies To Kip my chocolate jar To Lauren Sexton Tangled on the basketball bus To Kip and Hannah my GPA ;) To Lucy and Kip the Ceci and Anna legacy.
Sadie Grunau, Boston College
Don't Blink To Caroline Fenlon: A million vanilla cones To Lucy Berigan: Jack Fenlon To Ellen Slawin: The handshakes To Bee Burke: The 4x800 To Lauren Sexton: Bachelor Monday's
Isa Kenkel, Miami University
Be yourself and put yourself out there! School is important but so is time spent with friends! Play 4 square in the MS circle. To Ali Kenkel: the aux cord and the Kenkel legacy To Amelia Grady: Ali Kenkel To Izzy Brooks: CHOOSE captainship To Ava Thaler and Kate Kelly: Colton Zwiefel
Alecia Fitzgerald, Creighton University
Live in the moment!! Hang out with friends on a school night! (even if you have to stay up a little later doing homework) Make the most of everyday instead of looking forward to the weekend. Find joys in the little things, talk to new people that aren’t in your friend group or grade. Go on spontaneous adventures and make every moment count because as much as the little complaints get voiced, no one...
Meredith Killian, Union College
Enjoy every moment and take advantage of every opportunity you are given. Take nothing for granted! To Hannah Allen: I will the age old United Shelves, my pre-game cheer, and your leash. To Clare Olson: I will the U. To Fotini Katras: I will the pre-game soccer bus ride dance to hips swing.
Be yourself, be kind, and love each other.
Claire Jakubowicz, Southern Methodist University
To Georgia Dobbs, I will Visitation Volleyball hype. To the Class of 2022, I will Ben Jakubowicz. ...
Annabelle Midden, College of William and Mary
Really just two things: Watch the Good Place at some point and befriend English teachers because they're a lot of fun. Otherwise yeah you've got this. To Rory Jones-White: I will my favorite and best pen, mostly because I couldn't think of anything else to will (and I'm hopeful that whenever you use it you'll remember I love and believe in you). I'll find a way to get you the pen mid-quaratine...
Christina Treacy, University of Wisconsin – Madison
I know this is said a lot, but remember to live in the present moment. Appreciate the simple laughs you have with your friends and classmates, the drives to school on beautiful mornings where you can roll your windows down, the flex times where you have no homework to get done, and every little tradition that Vis does. You'll probably miss out on some things at some point, so don't forget to treasure...
Adrienne Miller, University of Notre Dame
Enjoy your time at Vis! Despite how much we can complain about it, it is such an amazing place with so many amazing people. It's crazy how fast your four years at Vis goes by so try to enjoy each moment because you never know what will happen. To Meghan Gerand: Singing in the Shower and all of Becky G's bops. To Julia Finn: showing up to practice 5 minutes before it starts and my missing...
Elizabeth Allen, University of Minnesota
Don't take your time at Visitation for granted because you never know when it will be gone. To Hannah Allen: the parking spot To Libby Fischer: matching cars and the parking spot next to Hannah To Clare Olson and Caroline Doran: the hockey hype-masters
Maria Rist, Champlain College
Be open to different possibilities. To Bee Burke: Bee - I will you happiness throughout the rest of high school. I'll miss being able to see you in the halls in the school day, but I want you to know that even when it's difficult, you can make it through it! To Meg Sebastian: Meg - I will you all of the humor and fun from the game, Portal 2. Although at times it can seem like everything...
Clare Pryor, University of Notre Dame
Live every day at Vis like it's your last (you never know when a global pandemic might hit) To Anna Holmes: the family legacy To Claire Aamodt, Ela Paske, Margaret Dalseth, and Erin McQuillan: Maple Lag To my sophomore Nordic skiers: a place in my dorm room
Kathryn Laird, Saint Louis University
Try something new and go outside of your comfort zone. Only then will you find what you really love. To Jacqueline Tsai: Katherine Jones, Maddie Schlehuber, and I will the "outstanding" fate of the Mock Trial team… "don't screw it up!" #remaincalm To Jacqueline Tsai: the pre-match pep talks and Shea Dolan WIN by Jay Rock. I wish you the best season yet #hfy To Anna Tucci: jeep...
Remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as doing well in school. Go on those coffee dates with friends, try something new, meet new people, etc. Time is gonna fly, and next thing you know it, you'll be graduating so cherish it.
Grace Alpers, Bethel University
Make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone
Kaileigh Ann Vennewitz, Metropolitan Community College Longview
Enjoy every moment. Meet new people. Go out on school nights. Live your best life. You only go through high school once so do something to remember your high school experience. Always remember to smile even at the darkest times. You got this and don't forgot to believe in yourself, good luck! To Lilli Glover: the cow pillow, taco bell freezes, and yung gravy music To Calista and Dany:...
Ciaran Kelly, Iowa State University
Prioritize yourself and your health. Taking all AP's and honors doesn't make you a better person, it makes you unbelievably stressed out. Failure happens to the best of us. You'll always remember hanging out with your friends on a weeknight rather than doing homework for hours. When you confront or debate others, enter the conversation to listen, not to be right. It's okay to change in high school;...
Seriously, don't take school too seriously To Clare Kubes: my STL cheer To Lauren Sexton: the cougar legacy To Hannah Allen: a Dunkin' Donuts t-shirt To Maggie Doran: the longest yeah boi ever To Georgia Dobbs: el imperfecto del subjunctivo (bueno suerte) To Clare Olson, Lauren Reppenhagen, Caroline Doran, and Ali Kenkel: my brother To Cady Pagel: the number 31 To...
Lauren Kern, University of North Dakota
Truly live your life in the present moment... you cannot foretell the future. To Julia Finn and Fae Katras: The bandies To Emily Groppoli: #11 for basketball To Molly Schoen: The family legacy To all my teammates: the love and family atmosphere of a team<3
Grace Michel, College of St. Benedict
Take everything one day at a time-that's all we were made to handle. Be open to new relationships and experiences, and see the challenges we face at school everyday as new opportunities to grow from. You'd be surprised at how much you can learn and what opportunities it will give you! To Laura Breyan: our Theater Sisterhood :) To Adele Varley: The Vista Meme Lordship To Elizabeth...
Paris O’Reilly, University of St. Thomas
"Don't stick to the status quo." To my study buddies, Lucy Berg, Lucy Berigan, and Caitlin O'Neill: I will you Susan. Eat all her candy, draw on the white board more, make VSCO Journals of study hall memories, and don't take study hall too seriously. To Georgia Dobbs: I will you pre-game locker room hype-ups (disco ball speaker required) and Annecy dodgeball, to continue the winning s...
Frances Holmstadt, Nova Southeastern University
Cherish the moments that you have with your friends and classmates, because you never know when that might be taken away from you. Maura Wells and Sophia Delvacchio: thank you for being my rays of sunshine. I love you guys so much and I will miss you <3 never forget me Claire Aamodt, Belle Cox, Emilie Tinnes: best carpool!!! Thank you for putting up with my craziness and for being...
Ella Bovee, College of Saint Benedict
Savor every moment. It all goes by so fast and you'll wish you had another chance to live through it all. Know your boundaries and stand by them, but take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that present themselves to you. High school is full of ups and downs, but they truly are some of the best years ever. Freshmen, it's okay for things to be a little awkward and not seem right out of a...
Elinor Glass, University of Puget Sound
Enjoy the zesty pork carnitas and s'mores bars while you can To Anna Farley, Faith McAdam, Skylar Glass, and Iris Huerta: our infinite swim carpool To Madelyn McGrath: the Piranhas senior group To Sophia Mattaini: our 2016 time capsule (rip) To Bee Burke: endless vines and all my love
Natalie Canessa, Iowa State University
My advice to you is always come to school with a smile. Even if you might be having a rough start to the day, coming into school with a smile will help you feel better, and potentially lift the spirits of others. Senior year can be sad sometimes, so coming into school and greeting your friends with smiles really means something. I will my spot on the senior room floor to anyone who is...
Molly Silberhorn, Indiana University
Work hard and have fun! It goes by way too fast. Find the things and people that make you happy and everything else will fall into place. And always let your girlfriends come before boyfriends! To Izzy Brooks and Marissa Gordon: take good care of United glax for me:) To Clare Kubes: CHOOSE!
August Thompson, University of Oregon
"Don't let your dreams be dreams" -Shia LeBeouf To Addie Cooper: The future of the shop playlist, the drive station, Em Rascher's parking spots, and you back to yourself To Noelle Wang: Noodles and Company’s meager mac and cheese, drinking way too much coffee, and all of my moist egg knowledge To Addie Cooper and Noelle Wang: Drive Team poets To Lynne Hoang: being the kid with...
Ella Hinkemeyer, College of Saint Benedict
Make a difference. To Ellen Slawin, Olivia Johanns, and Caroline Fenlon: Sadie and I will you to be the FINEST blazers that ball To Berit Kobienia and Liv Montpetit: I will you snapchat secret stories To Lucy Berigan: I will you basketball team sleepovers and touch every line To Kate Happe: I will you my dancing skills To Meghan Gerend: I will you my brother
Meghan Quinlan, Duke University
You are so much smarter than you think you are. To Cece Marvin: our exhibition doubles hand shake
Work hard, make yourself proud, and surround yourself with people that make you feel wanted. Be thankful for everyday you walk into Vis and the community Vis has, you will most likely ever experience anything like it again. To Amelia Grady and Balor O'Donnel: I will the Science Club To Izzy Brooks: I will the Wheeling hype beast
Cece Sampair, University of Tampa
Work hard in school, but allow time for yourself to have fun! To Ellen Slawin: I will you Taco Bell, Red Bull, and Diego To Georgia Dobbs: I will you Piada and Starbucks #alpine:(
Isabelle Geroux, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Don't let others decide your path for you. Thank those that have put in the effort to be with you, here and now. Hangout more with your friends! To Poet's Society, as willed to me by Emily Rascher, to Colibri and Noelle, with an underclass(wo)men leader, Siobhán: I know you will do great things with this society and continue the tradition! To Mandi, Caroline, and Ellie: Head Alto/(s) To...
Maggie Wussow, University of Colorado Boulder
If you won't remember it in a week or a month, it isn't that important; treat it as such. To Noelle: George the Programming Cart To Marin: The programming laptop and scouting To Meg: Mickey, the mouse May you all remain, cool, calm, coders! To Margaret Dalseth and Ella Passe: the 2nd violin section
Maddie Schlehuber: University of Notre Dame
Make sure to strike a healthy balance, and find things that help you feed your soul. High school is about so much more than perfect grades or a heavy course load, and you will thank yourself if you are able to make time for letting go and having fun. To the next senior sprinters, especially Clare Kubes, Emily Groppoli, and Shea Dolan: I will you black beauty... fast and loose baby!! To...
Katie Barry, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Don't take any moment for granted. Live your life every day with no regrets. Always have fun. To Georgia Dobbs: My alpine carpool playlist To Lucy Berg: The couch in my dorm for when you visit me
Kali Fischer, Xavier University
Live in the moment, enjoy your time in every single moment of your life. And just remember to never take anything for granted. To Ella Passe: I will lane 3 and my love for queen of the hill. To Bella Lowell, Sophia Mattaini, Olivia Johanns and Marta Pursley: I will the Visswim legacy. To Libby Fischer: I will Mom and Dad & Kimmy. Take care of them. To Lucy Berigan and Meghan...
Sammie Sabin, Luther College
Don't take the moments you spend with your classmates and friends for granted. You never know what the future holds. Be grateful for the people you have and make every hug last. To Julia Finn: I give you Joseph Brennan and all of the percussion section. I also give you my snare drum for marching band (Please lead the football team out at least once...RIP). To Fotini Katras: I give you...
Kate Sabre, University of Alabama
Go out on school nights and don't take a single second for granted. To the class of 2022: I will Joe Sabre To Lauren and Clare: I will the carpool, my love for hockey, and Shake Shack To Izzy Brooks: I will Drake
Nicole Baumann, University of Notre Dame
"Always thank your teachers before leaving class, celebrate your classmates' successes, stay at lunch as long as you want, and use your free week at Corepower" To Norah Probst - one bike, one pair of snowpants, and infinite vibe checks To Lauren Sexton, B Burke, Emily Wollan, and Bea Walther - all the team spirit Vis Swim could ever need To Emily Schoonover, Maggie McConville, and Reece Bergeron ...
Margit Murphy, University of Minnesota
"No matter how much you don't fell like going to school, you should. It goes by way too fast to miss a single day." To Julia Finn; my monster trail mix. To Emily Wollan; Dan's murse. To Cady Pagel; my manny duties. To Kendall Oliver and Grace Ritzenthaler; room 355. To Clare Olson; Patrick Murphy. To Lauren Reppenhagen and Caroline Doran; screaming fergalicious at every school dance...
Elizabeth Fenelon, Iowa State University
"Don’t be afraid to make new friends or get out of your comfort zone. Cherish the moments you have with your friends because you never know when it could be the last time you see them." To My little sister, Catherine Minor ...
Ceci Baillon, University of Southern California
"Appreciate the little moments. Take a lot of pictures." To Emily Wollan, Dan's bucket To Julia Finn, Starbucks/McDonalds runs and the mini-van To Grace Conroy, Mrs. D's room (specifically, the left seat on the couch) To whoever Hannah Allen catches for next, my 40 minute pitching warm-up ;)...
Katie Bastiaens, University of Minnesota
"live up senior year for us"
Sarah Blaiser, University of Denver
"Make the most of your time at vis! It's cliche and everyone says it, but it really does go by super fast. Go out of your comfort zone try new things, vis is the best place for this! Thank your teachers, they want the best for you and you'll miss them once you're gone. Hold on tight to your friends and spend as much time with them as you can because you'll probably be far away from them for the ne...
Faith Geis, Creighton University
"You hear it all the time, but live in the present moment. Go to that concert or soccer game, watch that show with your siblings, take a self care day, hug your mom, laugh with your dad, and make sure you tell everyone how much you love them." To Maya Rome, Cathrine Breyen, and Emily Wollan I want to will basketball post moves before practice and one of you enjoy #55. Maya and Ellie don’t fall in the discus ring, that hurts, but keep Chief on her toes for ...
Julia Litecky, Iowa State University
Hang out with your friends as much as possible!! Go out on school nights. Make the most of everyday and cherish the moments you have with your friends because it could end sooner than you expect. To Paige Thaler and Grace Conroy: fermented rice and endless giggles To Edie Weinstein: Full circle and co theater mom To Jane McMahon, Laura Breyen, and Reece Bergeron: forever sisterly...
Lea Chamoun, University of California, Los Angeles
To Ava Kirr and Olympia O'Brien: The Aurora Legacy
Mary Burke, American University
Hype up and care for your sisters. Say hi to each other in the hallways. Give someone a random compliment or fist bump. Reach out to someone who maybe seems off that day. Remind them of their beauty, intelligence, capability, and worth. Find you inner confidence and open-mindedness. answer a question incorrectly in-class or ask a “stupid question”. Perform a chem rap or an english play scene passionately....
Sophia Hoppe, Gap year in Sweden, then Colby College
If you get behind early, you'll have more time to catch up. In all seriousness though, enjoy your time at Vis because it really does go by faster than you think it will. Clare Olson, Lauren Reppenhagen, and Caroline Doran - A Turkey Chipotle Bagel from Brueggers, toasted. Lucie Bond - the carpool and a drivers license Cady Pagel - my seat on the bus, squirt-gun mandatory...
Wini Bettenburg, TBD June 1st (University of Vermont, Mac, or gap semester depending on how COVID-19 plays out)
remember that everything in life is art. How you think, how you talk, how you dress, your smile, your laugh, your personality, your beliefs- the very act of human existence is an art in and of itself. Physical art is just a sensory representation of that masterpiece that resides within each of us. Who cares if it is “bad,” who cares if it is “messy,” who cares if you think it looks absolut...
Jenna Hoops, Saint Michael’s College
Do not take anything for granted. Time goes by quicker than you think, so cherish every moment you get. Have no regrets and have fun. To Clare Olson: number 9, and my tiktok account (even though it basically already is yours) To Emily Wollan: my softball carpool, and "crazy worship hands" To Hannah Allen: behind home plate To Kendall Oliver: my helmet slot in the bench coach To...
Lizzie Dudley, Northwestern University
Kindness is worth going out of your way for! Mental health is incredibly important & taking care of it can have a big impact on your life. Laura: I leave my official title of Theater Mom to you - you and Edie will bring so much kindness & joy to all of VISTA! Daisy: I leave you the art suite for all your future masterpieces! Rory & Viola: I leave you the title of Flower...
Faith Lee, Indiana University
You win some and you lose some Choose captainship to Jojo Fotsch
Isabel Schleper, University of Minnesota
It’s not all a guarantee so appreciate everyone and everything no matter if it’s good or bad Georgia Dobbs: super fan (ROLL BLAZER NATION!!) Amelia Grady: Science club (science is always the answer) Marissa Gorden: carry on the wheeling spirit
Taleah Alldritt, Hamline university
Go to dances. Go to club meetings. Go to sports games. Don’t take everything too seriously because grades don’t define you. Take a million silly pictures and videos of friends because before a blink of an eye, all those things will just be memories. Take advantage of everything high school has to offer because hey, who knows when the next worldwide pandemic could end your school year early. Best...
Isabella Arias-Benton, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Cherish everyday with your classmates. You won't ever get this time back. It goes by way too quickly. Vicky Do, I will you, Ali Martin and I's love of theatre. Edie Weinstein, I will you, best attitude. Erika Kyba, I will you, my way's to... list. Kendall Oliver, I will you, looking after the alto saxophone section. Laura Breyen, I will you, my favorite cuddle buddy. Madeline...
Helaina Sislo, Texas Christian University
Lunch talks are the best talks. Go out on school nights. To Caroline: the car (after August 15) and my driving skills. To Clare Cronin: Court #6 To Shea Dolan: the tennis insta To Sarah Dyrhaug: the chairlift
Ava Hoffman, University of Minnesota
Enjoy the beauty of becoming. To Sophia Mattaini: BB, Lane 1 To Lucy Berg: BB, Number 9 meal To Marta Pursley: BB, Lane 1 To Ella Passe: Toe warmers To Caroline Sislo: The best four years of your life.