Student Life

Student Stories

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  • Alex Chilkowitz Talks About Embracing Our Differences

    Alex Chilkowitz entered York Prep in sixth grade, and to this day, the best part has been seeing his friends every day. Some of them have been with him since day one at York! Read on to learn more about his experience at York, as well as the invaluable lesson he has learned from doing community service.
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  • Eighth-Grade Student Katherine Carr Cultivates Her Passions and Interests at York Prep

    Katherine Carr entered York Prep in sixth grade, and instantly forged friendships with other students, and felt embraced by the community. That year, she joined several clubs which paved the way for her deep commitment towards pursuing her co-curricular interests and helping her fellow students as a member of the Student Government Organization.
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  • How Nicholas Feigelson Combines His Passion for Math and Sports

    Eleventh-grade student Nicholas Feigelson has always loved sports. As a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, he believes that team sports impart a larger lesson on life skills including communication, discipline, and teamwork. Since his early childhood, he grew to love sports statistics by following teams, and trying to figure out why they would make certain transactions that did not initially make sense to him. As he got older, and started playing fantasy football, his knack for sports statistics came into play more often. In fact, his love for sports statistics has grown so much, that he will even be attending a sports statistics class this summer at Wharton. Read on to learn more about Nicholas' pursuit of combining his two passions.
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  • The Paw Editor, Rome Kadi, Talks About How He Fuels His Love for Sports

    Since entering York Prep as a sixth-grader, Rome Kadi has come into his own as a sports enthusiast who is working towards becoming a future sports journalist and broadcaster. As the editor of The Paw, he has not only honed in on his writing skills, but he has also drawn inspiration from the talent of his fellow staff writers. Read on to hear more about Rome’s experience as both a middle school and high school student at York Prep.
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  • UC Berkeley Computer Science Major and Ultra Marathon Runner Alexander Khazatsky Talks About Defining Moments

    Alexander Khazatsky, a.k.a. Sasha may be a junior at the University of California, Berkeley, but his CV already reads like the next Silicon Valley superstar. During his senior year at York Prep his math teacher, Ms. Povshko, helped him discover his passion for computer science. Since then he has accomplished so much in the field. Some of his achievements include acceptance into CoRL 2019 for “Contextual Imagined Goals for Self-Supervised Robotic Learning”—he even presented at the conference in Japan this winter. He also received the Outstanding Paper Award for “Pocket Planet” among 100+ teams, was awarded fourth place amongst thousands in an AI course for developing an intelligent teammate for PacMan, ranked top 5% in 400 team competition to develop approximation algorithm for an NP-Complete problem, and designed tree visualizer used by thousands of CS students as part of course material. He also happened to be the youngest instructor on record at the UC Berkeley EECS Department and served on the review committee for ICML 2019. Read on to learn about Sasha’s path to UC Berkeley.
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  • William Van Der Rhoer, Who Views the World Through the Eyes of A Camera Lens, On How He Plans to Revolutionize City Living

    William Van Der Rhoer is a high school student with a vision. When you walk through the halls of York Prep, you can see his creative vision via some of his framed photographs that adorn the walls. His perspective is unique—he sometimes zooms in on a subject so that the viewer takes on an unexpected point of view. His compositions are often poetic. Read on to learn more about William’s inspiration and how he plans to apply his photography skills towards his other passions.
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  • Division 1 Top-ranked Fencer Ethan Kushnerik Strives For The Best

    Ethan Kushnerik is an elite athlete who dedicates his time and energy towards honing his fencing skills while consistently making the Honor Roll as a York Prep student. In 2016, Ethan won the Youth Men’s Pan American and was the North American Champion in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In points, he has consistently been ranked number one in the USA in Men’s Youth Epee. He is now a “cadet” fencer, which is the category for the under 17s. As the youngest member of the USA Cadet Team, he and his team won the World Team Championships in Klagenfurt, Austria, in late October. In January he placed third in the Men’s division N. American Cup in Charlotte North Carolina. This month he will be traveling to Slovakia to compete in the International Fencing Federation World Cup.  
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  • Middle School President Emma Centeno on How The Student Government Gives Back

    Eighth-grade student Emma Centeno entered York Prep in sixth grade, and has made valuable friendships and gained a vast amount of knowledge from her teachers since then. As middle school president, she works towards addressing the issues of her fellow students. Read on to find out more about Emma’s middle school experience at York Prep.
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  • York Prep Class of 2019 Graduate Maddy Rubler Talks About How Her Teachers at York Prep Inspired Her Pursue Her Passion

    Syracuse freshman Maddy Rubler was inspired by her teachers at York Prep to pursue her passion for working with children. Her experience teaching American Sign Language to deaf children in New York City, paired with her mission to make a difference in the world, lead her towards her current goal of becoming a teacher. Read on to learn more about Maddy’s York Prep high school experience.
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  • Pianist Johnson Li, Who Has Performed Under the Batons of World-Class Conductors and Has Received Praise From Musicians including Christoph Eschenbach and Lang Lang, Gracefully Balances Student Life With His Lifelong Pursuit of Communicating Through Music

    Johnson Li started playing piano at the age of four because he loved (and still loves) music. His prolific list of performances as a pianist attests to his talent and dedication. Here is a rundown of some of his accomplishments:
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  • The Importance of Kindness, Ambition, and Keeping an Open Mind According to Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Maya Fuchs-Bortolami

    Maya Fuchs-Bortolami, a skilled photographer and rising star in the art world, will always remember her proudest moment at York Prep. This moment took place when she delivered her class of 2019 valedictorian speech after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s York Prep commencement address. In addition to this crowning moment, Maya also looks back at some other highlights from her time at York Prep. Read on the learn more!
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  • Phillip Winter: Historical Costume Designer, Athlete, and Scholar Who Was a Founding Member of the Shakespeare Club, Historical Costume Club, German Club, and York Prep Swim Team

    York Prep is excited to present our new “Student Stories” page on our website! Every month you can read a new student profile where students talk about their experiences as students at York, as well their interests and co-curricular projects.

    This month we chat with Philip Winter, who entered York as a freshman and is currently a junior. He has been active in many student clubs and sports teams. He recently played a lead role in the fall production Almost, Maine, and is also a seasoned historical costume designer and constructor, whose work has been exhibited throughout the country. Read on to learn more about Philip.
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