Alexa Rivera is a freshman at Bryant University in Rhode Island. A biology major with a minor in business, she recently helped Bryant University make headlines on the swimming front by bringing home the school’s first ever swimming & diving championship. A swimmer since age seven, she was awarded three gold and one bronze medals at the 2018 Northeast Women’s Swimming & Diving, in which she competed in the relays in the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 400 medley and swam solo in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. As part of the 200 FR relay, Alexa helped score a new conference record. To make matters more impressive, Alexa was forced to miss training in January due to an injured ankle.
Caylin Levin is a senior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in pre-clinical health sciences. During her freshman year at UCF, she was a member of the UCF NCAA women’s rowing team, and helped the team win their first conference title. She has served as the secretary for UCF’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, and the media director for the pre-dental student association at UCF. She spends a lot of time volunteering at a dental clinic and providing free dental care to those in need. Caylin’s plan is to pursue a career as an orthodontist or a pediatric dentist. She will join the Army after graduation to become an Army dentist and become eligible for the Health Professions Scholarships Program (HPSP).
Caylin is part of the first graduating class. “I met some of the most amazing people at Oxbridge, both students and teachers. My most influential teacher was Mr. Klemme, who I recently contacted to have him help me write my personal statement for dental school. Oxbridge helped me become a well-rounded student and a well-rounded person,” stated Caylin.
Justin Wisnicki is attending Tulane University and pursuing a degree in marketing, while at the same time working toward his Master of Accounting degree. Upon graduation, Justin plans to start his own marketing company or work in an accounting firm. Justin is the Vice president of external affairs for Alpha Kappa Psi, Tulane’s premier business fraternity and largest co-ed organization, and was elected to lead the marketing efforts for AKPsi. In this position, Justin connects with executives in New Orleans, Silicon Valley, and New York. Justin is also the CEO of Wisnicki Media, a marketing company he founded that works with clients worldwide to create social media marketing strategies. He is also involved with The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the 3rd largest lobby in Washington, working with them to lobby congressional leaders in D.C., Florida, and Louisiana. He is traveling to Israel with the the group in December (2017) to meet with Israeli officials and learn about the myriad of ways our alliance with Israel benefits the world.
The most important lessons he learned at Oxbridge were how to manage a project from start to finish, how to create a vision, and how to lead a team to achieve his goals, all skills he has put to work since graduating high school. While at Oxbridge, Justin was president of the SGA, was a nationally ranked congressional debater, competed in the Spanish conferences, created film and video for the school, did the marketing for the theater department, and was in the fencing club. Justin organized the first homecomng and spirit week at Oxbridge. "My favorite part of Oxbridge was the people because the sense of community among students and faculty was unwavering. Teachers and friends were always there to help through hard times and celebrate accomplishments. Classes were interesting because I had a personal connection to the teacher and the students sitting next to me," Justin said.
After completing 9th grade at another private high school, Mary Murphy walked away from an academic scholarship and took a chance on joining Oxbridge. “The chance to be part of such a unique learning environment, within a culture that emphasized kindness, was very appealing to me,” Mary said.
Mary is a senior at Colorado College (CC), where she is majoring in English and minoring in journalism. While always an avid reader, she credits John Klemme with deepening her love of literature. Mary has worked for the school newspaper, The Catalyst, for three years, as a writer and editor, and this year is the presentation director. Mary also works for CC’s Outdoor Education Department and is a Level II Backcountry Leader, leading students on wilderness and service trips, including summiting Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. She is a mentor and trip leader for incoming freshmen.
Mary has studied abroad in Greece and has earned two internship positions while at CC. In the summer of 2015, Mary interned with Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in New York, assisting with fundraising and operations. In late 2017, she began an internship with the local newspaper, the Gazette. Mary is a 2017 recipient of a Ritt Kellogg Expedition Grant and spent two weeks this past summer circumnavigating Mt. Rainier in Washington.
Mary is considering attending law school at the University of Colorado to pursue a career in environmental and/or animal rights law. However, those plans may be on hold for six months after graduation so she can complete her goal of summiting all 53 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. Oxbridge taught her well: Follow your passion.
Aleksi Turkki began his journey at Oxbridge as a sophomore who was passionate about visual arts. After taking a 3-D design course with Ms. Knouse, Aleksi realized that design is the platform that transforms imagination into reality! Continuing to explore design, Aleksi designed the Oxbridge Academy 360 logo for Oxbridge’s first gala event, and partnered with Resource Depot to bring design workshops to our community. He also earned a Scholastic Art Awards National Gold Medal for an original illustration he created in Mrs. Swift’s 2D art course. This achievement inspired Aleksi to continue to explore art and design in college.
Aleksi is a junior at the University of Florida (UF) majoring in marketing and minoring in design innovation. At the 2017 UF Catalyst Innovation Showcase, Aleksi earned the “Gator Good Award” for his design concept SABER, a generator that powers facilities through food waste. SABER was featured in the Google Sprint Stories blog. Recently, Aleksi earned the opportunity to become a UF Launch Pad Scholar, receiving professional entrepreneurial mentorship, and resources, from Gainesville’s top start-ups. Aleksi is a member of the Entrepreneurship Club and the Reformed United Fellowship Club at UF.
Aleksi's major requires him to spend a semester interning in his field of study. He returned to Oxbridge as a communications coordinator intern for six months and was responsible for managing Oxbridge’s social media platforms, assisting in coordinating school events, producing videos, and designing graphics. Aleksi stated, “Oxbridge’s courses taught me that art and design are the foundations of innovation, and transform ideas into reality. My teachers at Oxbridge have inspired me to overcome any challenge by approaching it with creative thinking and perseverance. I am especially thankful Oxbridge gave me the opportunity to return as an intern to practice my passion and build professional skills alongside such influential mentors.”
Matt Long is a senior at Cornell University where is studying hotel administration, focusing on operations and real estate finance. He began his collegiate career at George Washington University before transferring to Cornell. While at George Washington, Matt studied finance and interned on Capitol Hill for a congressman his freshman year. Matt has worked at the student-run Statler Hotel on the Cornell campus, and was a member of the executive board for a student-run hospitality conference for industry executives. Matt plans on going into a hospitality related field after graduation.
Matt stated about his time at Oxbridge, “The most important lesson I learned was that if you want something done you need to do it yourself. This maxim led me to create the cancer awareness club with a fellow classmate, and become the president of both the green club and the class of 2014. What truly made Oxbridge memorable was my classmates. I am still in contact with many of them and I am proud to say I have made lifelong friends during my time at Oxbridge. While every teacher had a lasting impact on me, my most influential teachers were Dr. Thornton, Ms. Viggiano, Mr. Klemme, Mr. Baio, Ms. Mills, and Mr. Curtis. All these teachers either challenged me academically or as a person and truly aided in my growth while at Oxbridge. Without their love of teaching and constant mentoring, my high school experience would not have been as great as it was.”
Haley Boodheshwar is a junior at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and is majoring in political science. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Society Student Ambassador group, responsible for giving tours to incoming and prospective students, as well as Fordham alumnus and board members. She also serves as a new student orientation leader, helping introduce freshman students to the Fordham community during their three-day intensive orientation. This fall (2017), Haley is studying abroad in London at City University London, taking classes such in transnational social movements and American foreign policy. She also completed an internship at the Town of Palm Beach United Way, a nonprofit organization on Palm Beach. After graduation, Haley plans to go to law school and pursue a career in environmental law and lobbying.
Haley was very involved while attending Oxbridge. “I was a part of a variety of extracurricular activities: I was a cheerleader and a student ambassador all four years; I was a member of the green club and the improv club; and I was a founding member and the vice president of the club that is now called SAGA. The teachers that had a huge influence on me were Dr. Riordan, Ms. Wyatt, Mr. Gallo, and Ms. Patterson. These four teachers pushed me to go above and beyond in my schoolwork and in my extracurricular activities,” stated Haley.
Darnell Robinson is a freshman at Yale University and hopes to major in mechanical engineering (although he can't declare a major until his sophomore year). Darnell completed his first winning season with the Yale football team, finishing as the Ivy League Champions. Darnell commented, "Being at Yale has enlightened me to a new level of consciousness pertaining to the world we live in. I now find myself pondering and discussing global conflicts and issues that I never thought about before. I enjoy learning these new ways to think and assess the events I encounter on a daily basis. Not only does this improve my cognitive growth, but my growth as an individual." Darnell hopes to pursue a career with an engineering firm after graduation, work that he knows he will love doing every day.
Darnell was a member of the Oxbridge varsity football team. He stated, "My time at Oxbridge was definitely a memorable one. I have befriended many people and created bonds that cannot be replaced, both with guys who were on my team and other classmates. I have learned the importance of these bonds, time management, and the prioritization of activities in order to be the most efficient, yet effective student athlete at Yale. I also learned how important it is to not be afraid to ask for help. My most influential teachers were Mr. D'Egidio, Mr. Baio, Dr. Thornton, Dr. Riordan, Mr. Woelper and Mr. Gallo.
Lorena Cedeno is a sophomore at the University of North Florida and is working toward a degree in communications. She received a scholarship to play Division One soccer at UNF, in the ASUN conference. Last year, she played in 16 of the 17 games in the season, starting in 10 of the matches. Lorena plans to pursue a career in public relations after she graduates in 2020.
Lorena said of her time at Oxbridge, "I was surrounded by teachers and coaches who wanted to see me succeed in the classroom and on the field. Mrs.Outlaw, and many other teachers, were available anytime I needed them. Oxbridge teachers are the type of teachers students want in their lives because they care so much and really make an effort to be the best resource for their students. Some of my best memories during my time at Oxbridge were being part of the athletics program. I was able to see the program grow and compete against some of the best teams in the state. It was a true, positive high school experience at Oxbridge."
Dorit Bodnick is a junior at the Freeman Business School at Tulane University, where she is working toward a double major in marketing and finance. She is the recipient of the Founder's Scholarship and the Michael S. Field Scholarship. She is active in the Alpha Kappa Psi, Sigma Delta Tau and TIPAC (Tulane Israel Public Affairs Committee).
During the last three years at Tulane, Dorit has studied abroad at the Vienna University of Economics & Business; completed an internship with Drivehill Media, an internet marketing firm in Israel, and completed an internship at Keep.com, a fashion e-commerce site for discovery shopping.
Dorit is thankful for the teaching and guidance she received from teachers at Oxbridge. She attributes her strong writing skills to the four years she spent in Mr. Klemme's English classes; her deep understanding of math and the ability to analyze data to Greta Mills' honors calculus class and math modeling honors seminar class. She is also grateful that she was able to take art classes with Ms. Swift, who helped her to think creatively.
After graduation, Dorit plans to work for a few years in the marketing industry, specifically as a brand strategist, then return to school for her MBA.
Captain of the cheerleading squad, treasurer of the class of 2014, and founder of the medical club, Megan Zimmerman left her mark on Oxbridge Academy, but the school was equally influential on Megan’s life. "Oxbridge provides so many opportunities for student to get a better understanding of who they are, what their strengths are, and discovering their passions," Megan stated.
Through the Oxbridge sciences, Megan completed a variety of hands-on labs and independent research studies, putting Megan on the track to become a medical doctor. Megan attends the University of Florida and studies biology under the pre-med track. Megan has participated in and launched several UF medical projects. As a student in the department of anesthesia at UF, Megan leads a study funded by the Department of Defense that aspires to enable refinement of psychomotor and cognitive skills after trauma, by using 3-D printed structures that can replace bone. Megan’s research was featured in the American Society of Regional Anesthesia’s November 2016 newsletter.
Justin Lubin is a college sophomore who is double majoring in computer science and mathematics at the University of Chicago.
Justin's studies have led him to join a university research team where he is working as a computer science research assistant investigating human-computer interaction and programming language theory. In addition to learning the languages of computers, Justin has a passion for exploring Spanish. This past summer he embarked upon a study abroad program in Buenos Aires, so he can continue to build upon the Spanish foundation he gained at Oxbridge Academy. One of the details Justin misses the most about high school is the variety of extracurricular leadership positions he held. While at Oxbridge, Justin was president of the math club, computer science club, and anime club. Having completed all of the mathematics courses that Oxbridge offered, Justin partnered with math teacher Greta Mills and became a teaching assistant in her honors seminar calculus class.
Alison Bowlby is a junior at the University of Florida, where she is majoring in political science, with minors in Spanish and Latin American studies.
This summer she earned an opportunity to intern with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. This experience confirmed her desire to have a career working for the federal government in both legal and law enforcement capacities. In addition to her studies, Ali serves as the philanthropy chairman for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma; the student life cabinet chairwoman for UF Student Government; the director of external affairs for Florida Greek Ambassadors. She is also a certified group fitness instructor at UF RecSports. While at Oxbridge, Ali was the president of the veterinary club for four years; the secretary of student government association for four years; a four-year student ambassador; National Honor Society member; and was as a member of the varsity volleyball, soccer, and tennis teams.