Ten years of service learning at The Ellis School inspired Erin Delaney to roll up her sleeves and combat hunger in Pittsburgh for her culminating senior project. Determined to reduce food waste and educate her peers, Erin partnered with the 412 Food Rescue to redirect leftover food from the Ellis cafeteria and transport it to those in need in the local community. But her commitment and dedication to helping others doesn’t stop there. She also serves as President of the Peer Tutoring Club where she has helped students with their studies for the last four years. Set to attend the College of Wooster in the fall, Erin shares more about her fight to end hunger and her passion for music.
Ellis senior Jordyn Tomlin traveled to Nepal over the 2016 summer as the awardee of the Marcie WATERMAN Love ’56 International Travel Grant for the Global Empowerment of Women and Girls. Inspired by the documentary Girl Rising in eighth grade, Jordyn’s passion for working with girls was realized in Nepal where she worked to improve access to education in rural areas. Not only did she see firsthand the obstacles girls face in Nepal, she brought that knowledge back to Ellis to empower her classmates and educate them on global issues. This fall, Jordyn will attend Columbia University where she plans to study Music and Anthropology and hopefully have the chance to travel abroad again.
Ellis senior Miranda Jones has spent her entire academic career walking the breezeway and passing Arbuthnot as she made her way from the Lower School playground to the Middle School hallways, and finally to the senior lounge in the Upper School. An Ellis lifer, Miranda has grown up at Ellis (quite literally, her mother works in the IT department and was previously the Upper School Assistant) and transformed into an impressive potter, an admirer of the Spanish culture, and a fierce competitor on the soccer and lacrosse field. This fall, Miranda will attend Albright College where she’ll continue to lace up her cleats on the lacrosse field, but she’ll trade in her Ellis green and white for Albright’s red and black.
Taylor Robinson has seized every opportunity available to her during her four years at The Ellis School. She’s Vice President of the Student Diversity League, a Cum Laude Society member, and a stand-out Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science winner, to only name a few. With an impressive list of academic achievements under her belt and lofty goals for her future, Taylor is set to attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall as a Stamps Scholar where she'll work towards her dream of becoming a doctor. With plans to merge her love of science and communications, Taylor shares how Ellis prepared her for her next chapter.
Luka Pierce, Class of 2017, has her entire future ahead of her as a graduating senior, but one thing she’s already checked off her to-do list is a trip across the world. Last summer, Luka traveled to India as part of the Experiment in International Living summer abroad program thanks to a heads-up from her Ellis college counselor. From a homestay with an Indian family in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas, to seeing the Taj Mahal in person, to experiencing an entirely new culture with her peers, Luka’s study abroad experience was the trip of a lifetime. As she prepares for graduation and her next chapter, Luka reflects on her time abroad and her experience at Ellis.