Senior Spotlights

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Peter Hess

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Olivia Frye.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I accidentally said my name was Daniel Salyers when I hosted a pep rally with Daniel junior year.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss seeing all my friends and teachers that I’ve grown close with.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I applied for Peer Leadership.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? My family, sports and my phone.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid I wanted to be a soldier, but now I want to be an owner of an NFL Team (preferably the Falcons).

Molly Bradach

  1. What colleges are you applying to? I am attending Wofford.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Tommy Wagner.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I always wet my pants during cross country races.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The Homecoming Dance.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Track.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Camp, laughing and friends.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I have always wanted to be a dentist or orthodontist.

Caroline Gross

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, UNC Chapel Hill and Auburn.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Carson Hoover (I had a crush on him in preschool and then when I came to Wesleyan my love was rekindled).
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Freshman year we were at Westminster for a soccer game and it was freezing. I had on an Under-Armor shirt, a windbreaker and leggings. I had to go to the bathroom, so I went with some people to the porta potties. Before I went in, I told Sadie Prince that I wasn’t going to lock the door because I didn’t want to take my hands out from my sleeves. While I was in the porta potty, the wind started to blow, and suddenly, the door flew open and I pulled it shut. Since I had on so many layers everything was covered (just for the record). When I came out of the porta potty all my friends were dying laughing, and so was I, but they said that like the whole guys soccer team was like walking past when it happened a few yards away.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss everything, but I love the relationships that I have made with teachers.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Cheerleading.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Laughing, bread and ice-cold water.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was younger I wanted to be Hannah Montana and have a double life, but now I don’t really know what I want to be, but I know I don’t want to sit at a desk all day.

Matthew Brown

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, UT Austin, NC State and Virginia Tech.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Sadie Grace Prince in 5th grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I saw our old assistant dean, Mr. Hart, in the airport and called him a completely different name to his face and didn’t realize until afterwards.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I’ll miss my teachers and coaches that I’ve become really close with over the years.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had been able to try basketball.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? My dog, music and video games.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little I wanted to be a superhero and now I want to be a computer programmer.

Ben Connor

  1. What colleges are you applying to? United States Naval Academy, Georgia State and perhaps more.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Kat Hughes in 5th grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In my junior year, during the Honor Council Assembly, I was supposed to name everybody on the Honor Council. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to mention two students and I also slurred some of my words. What made it awkward, in my opinion, was having to sit down in front of the entire high school with 500 pairs of eyes glaring at me.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The teachers and the close-knit community of Wesleyan.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I’d have been more social as a freshman and sophomore. Not that I was a total recluse, but I had room for improvement.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Dr. Pepper, Spotify and books.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? Well, as a little kid, I wanted to be a knight. Recently, I have been told that the knight job prospects are looking bleak. However, I still keep my sword skills up although my lance skills are currently in decline. Now, I want to be a Marine Corps Officer.

Sutton West

  1. What colleges are you applying to? I am attending Furman University.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Matt Adent in 6th grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My most embarrassing Wesleyan moment is the Final Four basketball game my sophomore year when I fell during warm ups in front of everyone. I was chasing after a ball and no one was around me, and I just tripped and fell. It was super loud, so everyone turned and looked at me. All the parents from the other team were staring at me, and my teammates couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of warm ups.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The people.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Peer Leadership.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Friends, ice cream and Netflix.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid I wanted to be a veterinarian, but now I want to be a stay at home mom.

Austin Mains

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Miami Ohio, Miami (FL), Clemson and SMU.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Olivia Frye in 5th grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? At the final tournament of 8th grade wrestling I missed weight. I sat down and started eating a candy bar when Mr. Tablada came over and started yelling at me in front of the team.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The people.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Not saved projects and studying for the last minute.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Cherry Coke, Cool Ranch Doritos and the Internet.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little, but now I want to be a lawyer.

Morgan Biagioni

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, UGA, Colorado State and University of Colorado Boulder.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Jeb Brown.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When everyone found out I liked Jeb Brown in seventh grade, and I spent the rest of middle school avoiding him.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The teachers! They are always so willing to help you if you are having problems, and they genuinely seem to enjoy getting to know us individually.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had started theater earlier.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? The Bible, a laptop or journal to write in and Ramen noodles.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian, and now I’m looking more at a job in the fields of biochemistry or biomedical engineering, such as drug research or biotechnology development. I’m not totally sure what my dream job is yet.

Christopher Lee

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Any University of California school, especially University of California Irvine. Oh, there’s Berry College as well.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Jennifer Nolan.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Sophomore homecoming.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Andrew Blackburn.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Be a representative in the homecoming court. Seems like fun going up on stage and telling embarrassing stories about yourself and singing in front of your peers.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Food, Internet and my mom.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be in the MLB when I was a kid, now I want to be a professional gamer in the League of Legends scene. But I’ll just settle for getting out of high school alive.

Brae Davidson

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Clemson and Wake Forest.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Gracie Mitchell.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In 6th grade, I came to school with a sick iTouch with a purple case. I was super disappointed when I was ridiculed and made fun of for it when I whipped it out at carpool to show it off.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The people.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Dated Karley Welch.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Sports, Jesus and my fidget spinners.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a dinosaur. Now I want to be a general manager for a professional sports team.

Gen Foster

  1. What colleges are you applying to? University of San Francisco, University of San Diego, University of Washington, San Diego State University and San Francisco State University.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ellis Schmitt.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? At my first choral concert sophomore year, I tripped going up the stage stairs.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had done theater, football, cheerleading and volleyball.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Hibachi, French toast and my car.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Now, I want to be an otolaryngologist.

Garrett Huggins

  1. What colleges are you applying to? University of Mississippi.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Graham Cole in 3rd grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Probably when I tripped outside of the Spirit Shop and then proceeded to nearly pass out in the nurse’s office.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Definitely my friends.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had done football cheer! I love to cheer and I wish I hadn’t stopped after 8th grade.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Ice cream, my parents and music.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I always wanted to be a singer when I was younger, and that’s still true, but now I’m getting ready to pursue a career in art therapy!

Lindsey Hayes

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Clemson, Auburn, Kentucky and South Carolina.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Zach Peterson.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? On the drive up to the ski retreat sophomore year, I got motion sickness and threw up three times in the bus bathroom right where all the seniors were sitting and I could hear them talking about how gross it was.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends and the lacrosse team.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? A play.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? DQ Blizzards, dogs and my Clarisonic.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a vet when I was little, but then I realized science wasn’t my forte. Now I want to do something in missions and work with high school students.

David Thrower

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UVA, UNC, UGA, Georgia Tech, Washington & Lee, South Carolina, American and Clemson.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Miranda Wesley in 3rd grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My most embarrassing moment at Wesleyan was being on the court and watching Daniel Salyers score on the wrong basket during the first game of our 7th grade basketball season. It was an embarrassment that shook the entire school. We went 0-18 that year and I’m pretty sure it’s because that moment obliterated our team morale.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I’ll definitely miss the close community the most. I’ve been at Wesleyan 13 years and have made tremendous friends and relationships with all sorts of people. I’ll miss not seeing those people every day.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had gotten involved more with leadership within the school like student government. It’s cool to be able to leave your imprint on the school and it’s good overall for developing skills that are needed in life.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? My phone, music and running.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I always wanted to play in the NBA. Now my dream job is being an ambassador to a tropical country, like Fiji, where I can live a lavish lifestyle at the government’s expense.

Isabella Brown

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and some others.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? George Bielan.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was in 7th grade and on field day a few of my friends tackled me and hugged me in the middle of the football field. My pants and underwear fell down in front of a massive group of people and Olivia Frye jumped on top of me to cover it.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Relationships I have made with teachers.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Run hurdles in track.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Gum, earrings and popcorn.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a professional horseback rider, but now I am trying to become a trauma surgeon.

Jon Hunt Ficken

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Furman, Westmont, Biola, Cal Baptist and UGA.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Natalie Hamlin.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Slipping on the quad playing frisbee and having to walk around with a soaking wet right pant leg for half of the day.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The easy opportunities to try new things.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Cross country.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Mountains, ocean and extreme sports.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? It was to be a race car driver and now it would be starting a business.

Madeline Benfield

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts, SCAD, RISD and Belmont.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Chandler Center.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Second semester freshman year, I tripped down the stairs between Wesley and Cleghorn right into Jake McCleskey, who I thought was the cutest junior. I somersaulted down the stairs, cut my leg in multiple places, started bleeding, crying and lost both of my shoes. Jake McCleskey had to help me up, put my shoes on, and offered to help me to the nurse’s office. Apparently, he told the entire baseball team about the fall.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The kindness of the teachers and the students.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had done Student Government.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? I can’t live without Spotify, my camera and my friends.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a CIA agent when I was growing up, and now I want to be a graphic designer or go into communication design.

Watson Copeland

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, UGA, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Alabama.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Taylor Masters.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When my life reached its peak in 6th grade, I was playing games in Mrs. Wander’s class. One day at the end of the semester, she said, “I’ve been DyKnowing you guys the whole semester, so who is the kid that’s been playing Minecraft every day in my class?” She immediately looked at me, hands on the arrow keys mining some diamonds, and to protect myself, I said, “It’s a mystery.” Everyone behind me burst out laughing.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss my YoungLife campaigners group (aka the Party Cage) and the fellowship within it.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had done Young Life all four years of high school instead of quitting in ninth grade and coming back senior year.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? My dog Baxter, my cat Wallace and either sweatpants or my family — I just could not decide on three.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be either an astronaut or a pilot, and today I still want to be a pilot.

Emma Watkins

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, Naval Academy, Emory, Vanderbilt and UGA.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Chandler Center.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Going for a run at the cross-country trails freshman year, getting distracted by the boy’s lacrosse practice, and running directly into a thorn bush.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The Spirit Shop.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Participated in a play or musical.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Netflix, grapes and books.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I used to want to be a veterinarian, then I realized how squeamish I was and now I want to do something with statistics.

Jack Lambert

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, UGA, UVA, UNC, Alabama, Washington and Lee, Davidson, Michigan, Cornell and Washington University in St. Louis.
  2. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ashley Pierce in 1st Grade.
  3. What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In Lower School, I was looking for my dad in the carpool line and not paying attention to where I was going. I proceeded to slam into the pole in front of me and everyone around me laughed.
  4. What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss the people and the atmosphere that Wesleyan has provided.
  5. What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Taken a free period.
  6. What are three things you cannot live without? Netflix, my piano and music.
  7. What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? As a kid, I wanted to be a doctor, but now I want to go into financial advisement and investment banking.

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