Rifaa Qadri was born in Tunisia and grew up speaking Arabic and French. Her family emigrated to the US in 2013. Transferring to Woottton as a sophomore Rifaa had to learn English and make friends quickly. Riffa reactivated the Best Buddies club at Wootton to bring together her peers and other students with physical or intellectual disabilities. She will attend the University of Maryland where she plans to study Computer Science. Rifaa's long term plans include law school and advocacy for the less fortunate.
Gabrielle Vinick is headed to the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the fall where she will study Political Science and Communications. She hopes to spur others to become interested in politics and civil engagement. At Wootton, Gaby was in poms and ran many charity races. In 2013 she launched Chemo Connect to provide patients undergoing chemo - especially those alone - support.
Katie Schreck loves writing and was a managing editor of Wootton's student newspaper, Common Sense. She will incorporate her interest in Journalism with Sports Management at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Already she has interned with the Washington Redskins radio station. Katie was selected as a Teen Engagement Fellow by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
More than 65 students submitted essays. Many wrote about a significant relationship.
Jackson Helling will be a student at Virginia Tech’s Honors College. He said, “I can see how Dr. Doran valued relationships so much…I will try to live as he would have wanted – being kind, generous, and making room for humor whenever possible.”
Eileen Chen, a peacemaker, will study at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Kwame Frimpong intends to serve others through medicine and will be on the premed track at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Evan Chen will focus on machine learning and statistics at Carnegie Mellon. Evans reflected on the role of fathers and quoted American author Clarence Kelland, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
Gunleen Deol will attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Gunleen quoted Walt Whitman, “To me, every hour of light and dark is a miracle.”
Malcolm Amobi credits “Dr. Doran’s belief in me” for his success at Wootton. He was inspired to take on a leadership role which included serving as a captain of the Wootton Varsity Football team. Malcolm also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery County. As the first to attend college, Malcolm’s proud family are delighted that he is now a freshman at Stevenson University.
Army Corp of Cadets, Norwich University
Andrew Guiberson is convinced that “Dr. Doran lived with an integral mission to positively affect the lives of everyone he knew.” He counts himself among those who benefited from Dr. Doran’s mentoring and support. Andrew was a leader in the Student Government Association at Wootton. Today, he is a proud member of the Army Corp of Cadets at Norwich University and preparing for a career in the U.S. Army.
California Institute of Technology
Michelle Fan credits Dr. Doran with helping her “get comfortable in my own skin” as a Wootton freshman. She recalled, “He sat with me for what seemed like hours, even poking fun at himself to make an insecure freshman feel better. For that, I am forever grateful.” An academic standout at Wootton, Fan is now studying at California Institute of Technology and eagerly diving into STEM courses.
University of Maryland
Valerie Segal is a Life Sciences Scholar at the University of Maryland studying Neurobiology and Psychology. At Wootton she was active in Rotary Club and service to the school and community. Valerie wants everyone to know “Just because we do not see Dr. Doran’s witty smile and colorful sweaters in the hall every day, doesn’t mean we’re done learning from him.”