Anna Genter, Class of 2018, has been a student at The Ellis School since the fourth grade. A member of the lacrosse and soccer teams, Anna juggles her time between athletics practices and games, school work, and volunteer work at The Center for Hope, a nonprofit where she helps run an after-school program for underprivileged children. Upon her graduation from Ellis, Anna will move to New York and attend Syracuse University where she will study sports management.
How has your Ellis education impacted you? What do you think is special about attending a school like Ellis?
Ellis provides an education that you can’t receive anywhere else. When I decided to study abroad my junior year at a boarding school in Scotland, Ellis supported me in making it happen. I also had the mindset and capacity to study abroad my junior year because of Ellis. Here, I’ve learned I can do and achieve anything. Ellis gave me the power to not be afraid to stand up and give my opinion.
What is your best Ellis memory?
There’s definitely quite a few! Eighth grade as a whole was really fun—my team won Olympiad and I loved having a few extra privileges like being able to walk through the library. And when I reflect on high school, I think about the first time our class sat in the front row of the auditorium this year. Growing up, I watched my older sisters sit in the front row as seniors and it felt really cool that I was finally in that position.
What is your favorite Ellis tradition?
There’s so many little traditions at Ellis that you can’t find anywhere else, but I’d have to say Kilt Deconstruction Day. It’s so unique because Ellis girls are known and recognizable because of the kilt and plaid. To transform the kilt into something different and creative was a really fun way to symbolize a rite of passage for us.
What will you miss most about Ellis when you graduate?
My friends, of course. We can all be so weird, but that’s what makes us so much fun. In this environment, you can be whoever you want to be and be accepted for who you are. Some of us have been friends since Lower and Middle School and have an unbreakable bond.
Fill in the blank: “I will always remember…”
I will always remember Ellis school spirit. No matter what grade you’re in, it’s that sense of Ellis pride that binds everyone together. When everyone gets together for a pep rally or a big game, everyone is there cheering each other on. It’s always so much fun to root for fellow Ellis girls.
How do you spend your free time?
Hanging out with my friends as much as possible! I also like to binge watch shows on Netflix—I just started Jessica Jones!
What advice would you offer to future seniors?
Don’t overload your schedule! Think about second and third term and balancing your senior project with classes. Be flexible so you can put your full effort into your senior project.
What woman inspires you and why?
I love Serena Williams. She is a woman who dominates a male world. She has such a powerful presence and serve—she truly breaks every boundary and rivals the men on the court. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
What is the last book you read?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Energetic. Loud. Athletic.