Thoughts from alumni...

Quest Academy provided me with the opportunity to pursue my passions and develop new ones. The dedicated teachers provided the environment to foster personal strength and confidence that can only be derived through successes and failures.

Alumni Reunion 2016

It was great to see our alumni at the reunion.




News & Events

Dr. Erin Sheffer (McGrath), ‘94 Erin passed her licensure exam in October 2014. She is now a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice at Grand Oaks Behavioral Health in Libertyville, IL. Just six short days after passing her exam, she gave birth to her first son, Logan Hayes Sheffer.

Craig Stubing, ‘02 Craig has been incredibly busy as of late. For instance, he started a photo booth company, The Picture Booth Company (http://pictureboothco.com) to complement his film and photography business, Unwritten Films. Speaking of Unwritten Films, Craig took behind the scenes photos at the music video for the band twenty one pilots (http://unwrittenfilms.com/portfolio/twenty-one-pilots-fairly-local). They currently have 12,548 likes on their Facebook page. He also made a video with Thomas Madrecki, ‘02, who works for UPS, about customs modernization (http://unwrittenfilms.com/portfolio/the-power-of-customs-modernization).

He also recently finished a project making testimonial videos for the insulin pump company OmniPod (http://unwrittenfilms.com/t1d), whose product he wears, while he’ll be participating in a medical study for the next six months to answer the question of whether or not a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is good enough to make insulin-dosing decisions without first confirming with a blood glucose meter. He made a video about the benefits of CGMs two years ago to help get Congress to approve them for type 1 diabetics on Medicare: http://unwrittenfilms.com/portfolio/why-cant-we-use-it.

The USC U.S.-China Institute recently launched a podcast that Craig produces and edits called Bullet Train (http://bullettrainpodcast.com). It “features pop culture stories connecting Asia with the rest of the world.”

Lastly, Craig recently ran the inaugural Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon at Disneyland and he, as the President of the Young Leadership Committee (YLC) of the Los Angeles chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), helped their charity mixer and date auction “Kiss To Cure” (http://kisstocure.com) raise over $6,000.

Charles Zange, ‘03 Charles finished graduate school at George Washington University with his Masters in Museum Studies this May 2015.

Courtney Kolbe, ‘06 Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2014 from Colgate University; majoring in psychology and with a minor in education. Courtney received the following commendations at graduation: recipient of a “Greek Life Scholars” award (for students active in Greek life with a GPA greater than 3.5), and the recipient of a COVE (Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education) Community Service Leader at Colgate award. Courtney currently resides in New York City, working at a primary market research firm called Guidepoint.

Alex Silverberg, ‘08 Alex currently attends Columbia College Chicago and studies Live and Installed Sound Engineering. He also works as a Flight Instructor at Windy City Flyers teaching people how to fly airplanes and help them get their pilot’s licenses.

We are extremely thankful to Alex for stepping in at a moment’s notice for Mr. Jurewicz to run the sound for our 8th grade musical, Bye Bye Birdie. (Mr. J. was in a car accident, but is recovering nicely and is back to work at Quest!)

Tyler Katz, ‘09 Tyler is currently finishing his sophomore year at the University of Miami where he is majoring in music composition and physics with a minor in political science. He recently played in the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the University of Miami in “FrostPLAYS”, a concert dedicated solely to video game music. In addition, he is on the executive boards of three organizations on campus.

Mack Lee, ‘10 Mack is currently a freshman at Princeton University pursuing a degree in computer science. Per Mack, “College has been amazing because there are so many intelligent, bright, and driven students here.” Recently, Mack participated in an event called Hack-Princeton where teams have 48 hours to create a piece of software or hardware. His team created a mobile application called “SpreadIt” which allows users to create and RSVP to events within a 2-mile radius. One can also view who is attending each event. They expect to have this application on the App Store and Google Play very soon. View their website here: http://ronbo.me/toast/

Mack also participates in fencing club (he never fenced before), intramural basketball, and orchestra (called Sinfonia). He went to the Florida Keys to fish and unite with his family at Disney World over winter break. He expects to have interviews for a few summer internships at different companies - hopefully Google, Qualcomm, Intersystems, etc.

Sam Mogul, ‘11 Sam is finishing up his senior year in high school at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, where he is Senior Class President. He has hosted his own sports talk radio show for the past three years. His sports involvement has included manager of the Varsity Baseball Team, manager of the three-year New England Class A Champion Soccer Team, and captain of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. Sam is involved in the Advanced Math/Science Research program where he is working to get his New England Hockey Playoff Selection System paper published. While focusing his studies in the math department, he received a perfect score on the New England Math League test. Sam is returning home for the summer where he will be working as an intern at an Investment/Real Estate firm in Northbrook, after which he will attend Occidental College in Los Angeles to study math in the fall.

Amanda Fiddler, ‘12 Over the last three years at Lake Zurich High School, Amanda has been on the high honor roll every quarter, participated in the talent show (very unprecedented for a freshman and she won as a sophomore!), and is now starring in her high school’s musical. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society, and is looking into their Tri-M (musical honors) society. She’s currently looking to pursue her musical career in terms of songwriting, composition, and vocal performance.

Amanda and fellow classmate Jonathan Lugthart keep in touch and connect every so often.

Marissa Howe, ‘12 Marissa, a junior at Woodlands Academy, was one of 42 altos chosen nationwide to perform in the Sr. High Mixed Division Honor Choir as part of the recent ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Of the 3,300 U.S. high school students who auditioned for this choir, only 334 (eight of them from Illinois) were selected.

Along with her fellow honor choir members, Howe had the memorable musical experience of joining with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in singing renditions of “Amazing Grace” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” during a Feb. 28 performance in a 25-thousand seat auditorium.

Read the full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-forest/...

Julia Smith, ‘12 Julia is a national qualifier competing in the DECA Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan event in Orlando, FL in April. She recently competed in a business logo design competition through St. Charles high schools, and her design won! It will be used by a local business.

Emma Toth, ‘12 Emma, currently an 11th grade student at Barrington High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. Emma’s score is even rarer as she scored a “perfect 36,” meaning she achieved the top score in each sub-test.

Emma also excels in areas outside the classroom. She has been on the Barrington High School Varsity swim team for the past three years in addition to playing the violin in the Chamber Orchestra. Emma also has an extensive volunteer record, having given her time to Good Shepherd Hospital, a nursing home caring for Alzheimer’s residents, and the YMCA.

Jordan Gregg, ‘13 Jordan was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team for Stevenson’s Girl’s Track & Field Team indoor season-opener.

Danny Benedix, ‘14 Danny successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, topping out at just under 20,000 feet. The summit is snow covered most of the year and is known for its permanent glaciers. The summit required seven nights of camping on the mountain and 40 miles of hiking, which covered over 15,000 vertical feet. There is 60% less available oxygen to breath at the summit and temperatures below zero were experienced.

His father Kirk Benedix also successfully summited with much prodding and encouragement from Danny.

Danny made it an objective to summit Kilimanjaro after learning about the mountain in his Africa unit, with Mrs. Senetra and Mrs. Nadeau.

powered by finalsite