Senior Spotlights

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Savannah Sommer

What college are you applying to / going to?

I’ve applied to UGA and Georgia Tech.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Dylan Jenkins.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Freshman year, I didn’t understand how our softball season worked (I had never played for school before) so after we lost in the first round of  the state tournament, I asked the juniors if we had practice the next day, but our season was over and they gave me a hard time about that for the next two years.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

A play.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Drive fast and eat a lot of good food.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

My dream job when I was a kid was being a lawyer, but now my dream job is a businesswoman.

Will Bryson

What college are you applying to / going to?

UGA, Clemson, FSU and Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ella V. Cooper.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I got a pencil stuck in my face in 8th grade Bible class.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Put in a lot more effort on work early on.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would get some of my favorite foods and hang out with my family and my dog at home.

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 the world’s greatest inventor and now I’d probably say I want to be the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox.

 

Madeline Metz

What college are you applying to / going to?

Savannah College of Art and Design.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Will Rainwater.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

All of them.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Not underestimate Calculus.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Have a normal day.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

To be an artist (and now I’m going to SCAD).

 

Liam Coxhead

What college are you applying to / going to?

UGA, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Furman and Wofford.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Kris Laurite.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

When I slapped Ella V on the butt at Freshman Retreat by accident.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Played football.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Go skydiving and then feast at Cici’s.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

I wanted to be a builder when I was younger, but now I want to own an NFL team.

 

Laura Von Bargen

What college are you applying to / going to?

University of Tennessee.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Liam Coxhead in 6th Grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

My most embarrassing moment is when Andrew Pridgen and I accidentally shot off a prop gun backstage in Powell Theater. During a rehearsal for Kiss Me Kate, there were these fake guns sitting on the prop shelf, and so naturally I picked one up and started pretending to shoot people. Andrew then picked up the other gun and pretended to shoot me back. Little did we know that the gun that Andrew had picked up was the type of prop gun that lets out a huge bang and lets off smoke when you pull the trigger. So Andrew pointed the gun at me and pulled the trigger, and at that moment, we knew we had messed up. We both ran away as fast as we could to the dressing rooms to wash the smoke residue off of our hands, and from a distance we could hear one of our directors with their loud, booming voice yelling, “WHO SHOT THE GUN?” after we built up our courage to go back out, Andrew and I reluctantly showed our faces and took responsibility. And I will never, ever, touch a prop that is not mine ever again.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

I wish I had actually done my homework. Turns out, it was kind of important.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would go to as many concerts as I could with my friends and family so that I could spend my last day listening to music that I love with the people that I love.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

My dream job now is pretty much the exact same as when I was a little kid. I have always wanted to work for NASA and that is still my dream job today. Though, when I was little, I did not know what exactly I wanted to do at NASA, I now know that I want to do some sort of research, preferably on black holes or dark matter.

 

David Anderson

What college are you applying to / going to?

Applying to UGA and Clemson.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Chloe Olsen.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

My shorts getting pulled down on the day before homecoming on the field as I jumped into one bouncy house.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

I wish I had been involved in more clubs and activities other than just sports and academics.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I’ve always wanted to go skydiving or like float in one of those anti-gravity airplane ride things.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

As a little kid, I wanted to be an astronaut and now I am more focused on something in economics or business.

 

Ellie French

What college are you applying to / going to?

Alabama.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Liam Coxhead.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Freshmen year, I had a boot on my foot and for some reason I thought it was a good idea to use a scooter to get around. One day, I was trying to open the automatic door, but it just would not open all the way for me to get by, and then I looked, and Tucker Cannon is just watching me struggle and just laughed and does not help me.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

I wish I would have done a play or tried a new sport.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would spend it on the beach with my family. I would just want to sit there and be in their presents for my final hours and talk about all the memories we have made.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an FBI agent, but now I want to work in marketing for Louis Vuitton.

 

Bennett Harrison

What college are you applying to / going to?

Ole Miss or Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Kris Laurite.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Got reamed by Mr. Krehmeyer in front of the class after a weak presentation.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

E-sports.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

E-sports.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

I’m a superstar regardless.

 

Megan Bielan

What college are you applying to / going to?

Clemson, Auburn and UGA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Liam Coxhead in Kindergarten.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

One-time Michael, Connor and I put napkins in the microwave, and they set on fire.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Diving or tennis.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Eat every food I liked (Aomi and Los and so much Nutella) and I would go to the lake with all my friends.

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 teacher and now I want to work in finance.

 

Jack Norris

What college are you applying to / going to?

GT, Clemson, Auburn, VT and UGA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Chloe Olsen.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Sophomore year, the cast of Kiss Me Kate went into the Chick-Fil-A with the intention to do a flash mob of a dance, but there was no music, and everyone just stared at us as we danced and then we walked out like nothing had happened.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

No regrets.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Fly all my family in town and spend time with them.

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 an astronaut and now I do not know yet.

 

Ashley Walton

What college are you applying to / going to?

University of British Columbia, McGill University, Boston College, Brandeis University, UGA, Emory, Emory Oxford, Georgia State and Agnes Scott.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Harrison Larner.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

When I was walking out of middle school P.E., I was not looking and ran straight into the bar in between the doors in Yancey.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

I wish I got to know my teachers a little better.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would invite everyone I know to my house (FaceTime the ones that cannot come) to hang out and sleep over at my house or camp outside my house.

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 a surgeon and save people. Now, my dream job would be at the CDC researching foreign diseases.

 

Griffen Massey

What college are you applying to / going to?

I am going to Georgia Southern.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ella V. Cooper in 5th grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Being in a wheelchair as new kid because of an injury.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Studied.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Kickback with the boys.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

I wanted to be a cop; now, I want to do something in real estate.

 

Sofia Vallejo

What college are you applying to / going to?

GCSU, Kennesaw and colleges in Colombia.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Davis Chapman in 9th grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I like to take naps before school in my dad’s [Mr. Vallejo’s]  room because he has a really comfy couch, so one day freshmen year I was sleeping and two seniors came looking for my dad (of course one of them was Tucker Cannon) and they had not seen me because it was dark so I woke up really fast and we made weird eye contact when they realized I was there and they asked me where my dad was but I started speaking Spanish because I was still half asleep and they were so confused and then they left. I was so embarrassed the whole day.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Be part of a play.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would like to be with my family and closest friends and go to Hawaii.

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 either a fashion designer or a pediatrician and now I still want to be a pediatrician.

 

Lexi Jerding

What college are you applying to / going to?

Georgia Tech, UGA, UVA, UNC, University of Texas at Austin, and Tulane.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Dylan Jenkins

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

During Homecoming Friday senior year, I got decked by a friend in one of those bubble balls. I knocked a trashcan over as I fell on a sewer grate. Everyone was watching.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Passed an AP Physics test.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Eat chipotle, drink as much Dr. Pepper as I can, and hang out with my friends and family.

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 professional soccer player. Now I want to work for the CDC researching and developing medicine.

 

Hampton Henderson

What college are you applying to / going to?

Applying to University of Georgia (Go Dawgs), Loyola Chicago (Go Ramblers), Auburn (War Eagle), Florida State University (Go Noles), Virginia Tech (Go Hokies), Emerson (Go Pride), Boston University (Go Terriers), Georgia Tech (Go Jackets) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Go Beavers).

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ashley Doran in Second Grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I once forgot to wear shoes for a week straight. Still embarrassed.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Cross country, my best and gotten to know my parents.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I’d do a load of laundry, learn to play the piano, fight a homeless man, open a checking account, and finally put that down payment on that nice studio apartment I’ve been looking at.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an R&D analytics expert for Microsoft, but now I want to be either a con-man or a circus ring leader.

 

Zoe Jackson

What college are you applying to / going to?

Maybe Georgia Tech or Clemson.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Jared Wildermuth.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Not sure.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

Taken more classes.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Have my favorite foods for every meal, read and say goodbye to family and friends.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

Dream job was to be a professional reader; now it is to be an engineer.

 

Dawson Carr

What college are you applying to / going to?

Kennesaw State.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Lexi Jerding.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I messed something up during a football scrimmage at Athens’s Academy in the fall of 2017 and Coach Pridgen yelled at me loud enough for everybody within a mile to hear.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school?

I wish I had played lacrosse.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Travel out west with friends.

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 an architect.

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