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Students Expand Horizons Through Summer Programs

In between summer vacations, reading, and relaxing, many students also chose to keep learning outside of the classroom through internships, camps, and workshops.

Student Summer ActivityIzzy Carroll '18 interned for a second year at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation, which simulates ER emergencies for Yale medical students. Working under the head of the ultrasound department, Izzy helped pilot a new system called SonoSim, which can imitate real ultrasound pictures when the probe is placed over a mannequin. "I learned a lot from the internship, the most important probably being how hard ER doctors have to work on a daily basis, in addition to the crazy, heartbreaking cases they have to work on every day," says Izzy.

Fior Cecchi-Rivas '20 attend the National Hispanic Institute's Great Debate program at Villanova University. She won Best All-State Attorney in the Mock Trial category. She says it was a "life-changing experience," and she hopes to go back next year.

Katherine Collamore '18, Barret Fife '18, Katie Irving '18, and Lizzie Schumaker '18 attended the Salesian Leadership Camp.

Florence Kane '20 attended the Student Conservation Corps & Congress, a leadership training program held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center. Florence spend the week learning from world-renowned experts as well as studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address natural resource conservation challenges.

Virginia Kane '18 attended The Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon College. The workshop is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students to develop their creative and critical abilities with language and writing.

Grace Murphy '20 attended a four-week creative writing and drama program in Cambridge, England.

Student Summer Activity

Jeanne-Marie Pelletier '18 interned at Newman Architects, a local D.C. architecture firm. Jeanne-Marie shadowed an architect she met through Visitation's BEDA Club (Building, Engineering, Design, and Architecture), which she started. "While interning, I learned how to render my 3D SketchUp models and learned what it truly means to be an architect. I looked over floor plans and even visited a construction site," says Jeanne-Marie. "I learned so much from this experience, and I hope to use this knowledge when I study architecture in college."

Kat Duke '18, Brigie English '18, and Hannah Shea '18 attended the Summer Business Institute at Catholic University. Throughout the week, they heard from different professors about various aspects of business and how business can be a force for good. In "Shark Tank"-style, they were each put on different business development teams to apply what they learned and develop a product. Kat's team won the competition with a product called Green Post that revolutionized the compost bin by making it accessible to more people. "I think I can speak for all of us when I say that our week at business camp was an incredible experience, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to go," says Kat. "I was able to experience a little bit of college life by living in a dorm, walking around campus, and going on excursions around D.C. Each team had a counselor, who was a current student in the Busch School, so it was a lot of fun getting to talk to them and having one help our team develop our product."

This is not an exhaustive list of what Visitation students did this summer. It includes student summer activities that the Communications Office heard of as of Sept. 8.

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