Marcella Gerszten, Class of 2018

Marcella Gerszten, Class of 2018, joined the Ellis community in the Lower School as a grade 3 student. During her time at Ellis, Marcella has shown her athleticism on the tennis court and has volunteered with special needs children at The Friendship Circle in Squirrel Hill. An avid traveler who has already traveled to fifty different countries, Marcella will study international business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, this fall.
What is your best Ellis memory?
Receiving the History award in Middle School, hanging out with my friends in the senior lounge, art history classes with Ms. Sturdevant, and listening to Dr. Bedell’s stories!

How do you think your Ellis education has prepared you for your next chapter?
I think the workload has made me a hard-working person. The obstacles I have faced have also made me a stronger person and I have learned how to face problems and injustices head on. Lastly, because of the Art History courses I’ve taken at Ellis, I’ll take away a love and passion for Art History and use that if I go on to minor in it in college.

Is there a teacher or teachers at Ellis who have had a particularly strong influence on your life?
Ms. Sturdevant. She is the reason for my love of art and art history. She has been the best advisor and supporter of me at Ellis.
How has your Ellis education impacted you? What do you think is special about attending a school like Ellis?
My education has made me not afraid to participate and ask questions. I also do not think I would be as good of a writer as I am without having attended Ellis.
What is your favorite Ellis tradition?
Middle School Olympiad and Middle School dodgeball!
What advice would you offer to future seniors?
Don’t let college overwhelm you because you will end up at the right place. Instead, focus on the present and make the best of your last months in high school.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Empathetic. Passionate. Independent.
What is the last book you read?
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d like to have an international role at a company in Dallas, perhaps in marketing or advertising.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to go to Colombia. I love the Spanish language and have a keen interest in Colombian culture and scenery.