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Raina Bandekar '23

Hi! 我叫Raina Bandekar,是十大体育外围平台排名的大四学生. When I joined the GA community 14 years ago I knew that this was a place that I felt welcomed and supported by my teachers and friends, and a place where I had the ability of exploring a wide variety of interests.

I am an avid participant in GA’s Independence Science Research program and have found this program as an integral aspect in shaping my future academic endeavors in the scientific field as both a researcher and an aspiring physician. In addition, some of the most rewarding aspects of my academic career at GA have been working as a writing center advisor and student tutor for the Upper School Tutoring Program.

GA also hosts a multitude of extracurricular activities that have shaped my foundation as a student. I have had the privilege of serving as a leader of the speech and debate club and GA’s community service organization for the past two years, two roles that have allowed me to grow into an avid public speaker and social advocate. I have participated in the school band as a flutist as well as the rowing team during my time at GA allowing me to gain a unique sense of team bonding and friendship outside of the classroom.

I will always be thankful for my teachers, peers, 和GA的导师们一起培养学习环境, creativity, 是合作塑造了今天的我.


Aisosa Idahosa '23

Hi! 我叫艾索萨·伊达霍萨,是十大体育外围平台排名的大四学生. I came to GA in 9th grade, and I’ve been happy to be a part of such a wonderful student body ever since. GA has both encouraged me, and given the avenue by which I have been able to pursue a large array of interests.

Extracurricularly, I have found an incredible, close-knit community within our school’s Crew team. I look forward to rowing on the river everyday, and this sport is the avenue by which I have made some of my closest friends. Additionally, as a captain of our Speech and Debate Team, I’ve been able to learn important leadership skills and become an avid public speaker. My event, Oral Interpretation, is pretty niche, and through it, I’ve been able to combine both the dramatic and argumentative aspects of speech.

I’ve always been a creative person, and through GA’s unique Academy Scholars Program, I’ve been able to pursue a significant independent combined art and research project on the Black Arts Movement and intersectional feminism. Through this, 我不仅能够追求我所热爱的事业, but also further my artistic endeavors.

As I prepare to leave GA for college, 我知道当我回首在这里的时光时,会觉得这是我一生中最美好的时光. GA让我很容易享受我现在的生活, while also preparing me for college and beyond.


Sam Wang '23

Hi! I’m Sam Wang, and I’m a senior. I joined Germantown Academy in third grade and have enjoyed being a part of such an amazing community ever since.
One of my favorite classes I’ve taken at GA is Advanced Topics in Computer Science. This project-based course has given me the opportunity to apply the computer science skills I learned in previous courses towards solving problems in the community. I have been working on a project to digitize the current lateness and off campus sign out processes to streamline them for both students and administrators.
At Germantown Academy, there are also a lot of different engaging activities students can participate in. 我喜欢能够参加各种各样的活动, including Student Government, Cross Country, Robotics, and the school newspaper.
The community is my favorite part of GA. 刚来的时候,我很害羞,谁也不认识. 我从社区得到的支持帮助我找到了自己的声音. GA's unique teaching style, from the small class sizes to Harkness tables, fostered the welcoming community that grew me from a timid boy to a student leader who loves advocating for others.


Michael H. '30

Hi, I’m Michael, and I am in the 5th Grade. I came to GA in Kindergarten and I immediately got welcomed in by the kind students and teachers.  One of my favorite things about GA is the diversity of the activities that students can participate in. You can participate in lunch and recess clubs that specialize in all sorts of different categories. 我参加过SGA或学生会等社团, 你可以帮助GA成为一个更好的社区和学习场所. 此外,在GA,你可以以有趣和创造性的方式学习东西. For example, in science, 我们可以使用干冰和液氮等有趣的材料, and we can also do fun experiments. The teachers come up with fun projects that help us learn using things that we actually want to do.

但我在GA最喜欢的东西可能是社区. When I first arrived here in Kindergarten, the community immediately helped me find my voice. 他们鼓励我交朋友,并让我参加他们的活动. They helped me get comfortable with the community and I appreciate GA’s community very much. They helped me get used to this new environment and enjoy school, which I enjoy very much.

Joseph Richards '23

Hello! 我叫约瑟夫·理查兹,是十大体育外围平台排名的大四学生. I joined the GA community in second grade, 在那里我立刻与热情的学生群体产生了联系. GA became my personal “home away from home,在那里,我得到了支持和鼓励,去追求我广泛的兴趣.

GA为我提供了一个担任州长和SGA参议员的机会, two leadership positions that have shaped my amiable character to this day. As an Editor-in-Chief for the Edition—GA’s student-run newspaper—and leader of STEM Club, 我可以追求我对新闻和科学完全不同的热情.

Regarding academics, GA supported my zeal for the sciences by providing a multitude of electives, 包括有机化学和独立科学研究, 是什么让我为未来的教育目标做好了准备. Although these courses have been instrumental in my understanding of scientific concepts, serving as a math and science tutor for the Student Tutor Service was one of the most rewarding choices I’ve made at GA. 

GA还提供各种各样的课外活动,我已经探索过了. 作为社区服务和社会变革的倡导者, I joined the Academy Scholars Program, 这帮助我提高了对当地有需要的退伍军人的认识. I’ve been fortunate to pursue my affinity for music as a violinist for the String Orchestra as well. On the athletic front, I’ve been a part of the basketball, tennis, football, and squash teams during my time at GA.

As a member of the Class of 2023, I will always be grateful for GA’s endless opportunities for discovery and the gift of lifelong friendships.


John Brightcliffe '27

Hi! I’m John, and I’m in 8th Grade. 我在五年级来到GA,社区立即欢迎我.

One of my favorite parts about GA is how students are given so many opportunities. 我参加了体育运动和俱乐部,在此过程中结识了新朋友. 我是社区服务组织的一员. We focus to help people in need and to make kind acts to brighten the community. 我还在GA玩三种运动——足球、篮球和棒球. 运动给了我一个竞争和与他人交流的机会. In sports, I have met so many friends and learned great lessons from my coaches.

In school, not only do I learn about the subject, but also I am prepared for the Upper School. 对于我们的家庭作业,有时我们学习不同的记笔记的方法. Also, we are encouraged to make our own study guides in preparation for quizzes and tests.

In conclusion, GA’s great community makes me feel welcomed and included through the opportunities and the great teachers we have.

Emma Polduka '27

Hi! 我叫艾玛,是十大体育外围平台排名的八年级学生. I joined GA in 6th grade during COVID-19. During this time I felt thoroughly welcomed by the community regardless of masks and social distancing. 从那以后,团结的感觉越来越强烈.

Becoming a leader of the 8th Grade Girls Group has given me the opportunity to make a difference in a leadership role for issues I care about. 运动是我成为社区领袖的另一种方式, specifically, playing softball for Middle School. Sports and clubs have helped me to make great friends and become more involved in making a difference.

Academics have always been a priority for me and GA has challenged and helped me become a more determined and advanced learner. Math has pushed me the most to study and work hard for my grade and English and History let me delve into topics that interest and intrigue me. I can’t wait to continue making memories here and I hope you are excited to join me!

Neve M. '30

Hi! My name is Neve and I joined GA in 2nd Grade. When I first walked into the school, I knew I would be welcomed and greeted by all the amazing security guards and all the staff members.  目前,我在五年级,这是一个非常棒的经历. I absolutely love it!

My favorite part of GA is the teachers and people that help and honor the kids with amazing projects and subjects. Every day when I come to school, I’m always so excited to start a new day and see so many smiles on everyone’s face. Also, in all the specials it's not just classes - it’s opportunities to learn something new. I love that all the kids here get everything that they need and have so much support when they're feeling low. 即使在五年级,总会有老师或朋友可以依靠.  There is such a beautiful campus with amazing gardens and ponds and so much wildlife that you can hear and see.

I'm so lucky to be at GA and to get the help and support that this school gives. Whatever time I leave this outstanding school, there are so many goodbyes from my home room and all the fantastic teachers. I always feel excited to come back the next day! GA is the most heartfelt school there can be!

Kaylin Trent '27

Hi! My name is Kaylin,  and I'm in 8th grade. Germantown Academy is a great school full of wonderful opportunities and amazing students and staff. There is such a wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from for every student!

I'm interested in giving back to the community and every student can do that by joining CSO (Community Service organization). CSO不仅回馈了GA社区,也回馈了整个社区. We work to set up tons of fundraisers throughout the year and it is really fun to work with my classmates. 我参加的另一个社团是SGA(学生政府协会). 在SGA期间,我们在学年期间计划有趣的活动. 我爱SGA,因为即使你不是总裁或副总裁, 你的意见总是被倾听并付诸行动.

GA的体育社区很棒,我踢足球和跑步. Playing these sports have been amazing and I've made some really good friends. I love how every sports team supports each other and their accomplishments.

Germantown Academy is incredible, 我所分享的并不是我喜欢GA的所有原因. 我总觉得自己被包容了,我的声音被听到了. All the teachers and students are so nice and I love going to school everyday.

Holden Jackson '27

Hi I’m Holden and I am in 8th Grade. 以下是我喜欢十大体育外围平台排名的三件事. I came to GA when I was in 3rd Grade. I felt a part of the community immediately. I joined a club called CSO (Community Service Organization) this past year. 他们通过在感恩节捐献食物来帮助别人, 在节日里给需要的人送礼物, 他们帮助为亚历克斯的柠檬水小摊和儿童癌症筹集资金.

体育是我生活中很重要的一部分,GA帮助我培养了这一点. 去年秋天我踢足球,进了中学校队. 今年晚些时候我还会打篮球和网球. There’s a team for everyone, whether it’s Varsity, Junior Varsity, Third Team, or Intramurals.

我最喜欢GA的一点是它的包容社区. They make sure new students feel welcome. They have a program called Patriot Ambassadors that I participated in which allows current students to host potential students, 带他们四处转转,把他们介绍给校园和其他孩子.

These are only three things that I thought to share with you, because there is so much more!

Keeran K. '30

大家好,我是基兰,是十大体育外围平台排名的五年级学生. I came to GA in PreK, and I have enjoyed being a part of such an amazing community ever since.
What I love most about GA is that every day is packed with fun subjects like science, art, PE, CBO (choir/band/orchestra), and many more. 关于GA的另一件事是你有很多机会. I participate in sports and clubs. 我最喜欢的俱乐部是自行车俱乐部,我们在学校周围骑自行车. 我也为GAAC(十大体育外围平台排名水上俱乐部)游泳。. 游泳给了我一个和朋友竞争的机会.

In school, teachers and my friends help me prepare for Middle School by being more independent. 我知道数学会更难,一切都更具挑战性. I am also excited about our new Health & Wellness Center. I have been lucky to watch the new building come out of the ground and I can’t wait to use it.

Louisa H. '30

Hi! I’m Louisa and I am in 5th Grade. I came to GA in 2nd Grade, and I was immediately welcomed to the community.

One of my favorite parts of GA is how students are given so much opportunity to join all these amazing clubs. For example I am in CSO (community service organization) and SGA (student government association). 我喜欢这些俱乐部,因为它们是由学生领导的.   

I really enjoy art. 我现在正在做的一个项目是制作一个泥塑半身像. My bust is going to be Donkey from Shrek. I picked Donkey because he is always my favorite character, and he always makes me laugh.

我最喜欢五年级的一点是我们有更多的自由. We have key cards and we get to walk to specials by ourselves which means our teachers trust us.

“文明誓言”中我最喜欢的部分是我们尊重差异. 我觉得我们的社区在认真对待这一点上做得很好. GA是一个非常欢迎所有人的地方,我喜欢这里.