I moved to Haldane in my sophomore year, after having attended Walter Panas High School for one year. During my following three years attending Haldane, I have run multiple seasons of cross country and spring track. I have found my own style in art and creative writing for Haldane’s literary magazine while serving as the magazine’s editor. I have picked up Spanish as a second language, and am very excited to have reached a point where I am comfortable with conversations held entirely in Spanish.
This year, I founded Haldane’s Identity Interest Group, where students have a forum to discuss everything that affects how they see themselves, from gender and sexuality to race and religion, and served as co-president along with another student. I have participated in Haldane’s Women Empowered Club, and am a co-producer, model and designer for Haldane’s Fashion Show.
I have worked as a mentored artist for the Garrison Art Center’s Artist Mentor Program three years in a row, and have been a part of their Summer Arts Intensive during my freshman and sophomore years. I have submitted my art to the Putnam Arts Council’s student show for the past two years, and won best in show during my junior year. I worked alongside two other Haldane students in planning and creating a mural. As a student I have supported my friends involved with Haldane’s theater productions in the best way I know how: by painting sets and working on makeup for their annual musicals and plays. Finally, I am also a member of the National Honor Society, and am involved with community service for various organizations in Cold Spring.
In the fall, I will be attending Williams College, where I hope to learn all that I can. I am currently interested in a major in Visual Arts or Creative Writing, possibly with a minor in Latin American Studies. I also hope to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country during my time at Williams. In the future, I would love to further explore folk art, its significance and its symbolism, especially as it pertains to Latin American countries.
I have been so lucky to have been a part of the Haldane student community, and I am so excited to bring all that I have learned here with me into my future at Williams and beyond. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teachers and other students, especially salutatorian Adele Westerhuis.
Congratulations, Wylie, from all here at Garrison Art Center!
We are all so proud of you!