Where are we now?
SFWHS Class of 2006
Emmanuelle’s love for learning about contemporary art and artists grew immensely after attending SFWHS, and her love for art making became an obsession. During her studies at Bard, she received two art awards, one for painting and a Junior Art Major. She began making new work that was exciting and different from anything she had experienced before.
Her senior project, “They Creep Amongst Us,” was a large-scale installation which encompassed her entire art studio, the outside wall, and a large space in front of her studio. The theme of her project was a mysterious inner world where many things were growing and changing, and was fashioned from internal organs, cells, sea creatures, and aliens. This project was very important as she began making art in a whole new way and within an entirely new scope.
Her art development first began at Seattle Waldorf School in grade school and then flourished at SFWHS. Her education at Waldorf Schools allowed her to experience many different techniques and mediums of art making. Through these varied mediums, she gained insight and experience both to work with different materials with her hands, and to analyze and critically think about other artists’ work.
From her education at SFWHS she was given a solid foundation from which she could branch out in endless ways in college and for the rest of her life.
SFWHS Class of 2007
Laura’s life has taken her to unexpected places, both literally and figuratively. Fall 2011 she’s especially looking forward to a month long class in Norway in which she will study the inseparable ecology and culture of the northern country. She is also anticipating a year full of exercising her creative voice, as she received a writing fellowship from the Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation. She is planning to live in the Sommer cabin and focus on creating art, working on her Senior Project, a one-hundred page manuscript of original creative writing.
Her trajectory since high school has been winding and full of adventure and revelation. She left the first college she attended due to a conviction that learning should be joyful, not painful. She took classes at the Santa Fe Community College, went on a NOLS semester in Australia, and traveled through Central America with a girlfriend. She learned as much during her travels and soul searching as she did in a classroom, and gained a sense of the person who she wanted to be in this world.
It was only after she left SFWHS that she got a sense of the truly remarkable education she was given, and is eternally grateful for her inspiring teachers, the supportive community, and the lifelong friends she made at Waldorf.
SFWHS Class of 2007
After attending high school, Matthew spent his "gap year" studying in Germany, working on a cattle station in Australia, and traveling in the Middle-East. He has spent the last two summers in Beijing, studying Mandarin.
The type of world-focused classes that were offered at the Santa Fe Waldorf School is what prompted his interest in international events. His Waldorf background will be very useful, as his international career goals will involve colleagues from many different countries.
Matthew plans on spending Fall 2011 studying international business at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China.
SFWHS Class of 2009
Over the last two years, Montana has seen how her Waldorf experience and education have contributed to her college experience, as well as provided her with a sense of self and independence after graduating. Her teachers at Waldorf always encouraged her classmates and her to think independently and go beyond the text or subject matter that was in front of them – and she has definitely felt prepared to think critically and develop her own opinions and philosophies in college classes. There are so many experiences she had at Waldorf that she feels other students never get to have and it’s these experiences that give her an advantage when discussing certain topics, voicing her own opinion, or offering a new perspective.
One of the classes she enjoyed most as a freshman at Elon was The Global Experience. The overarching theme of the class was to recognize and examine public responsibility in a global context. A Thousand Splendid Suns author Khaled Hosseini spoke at the 2009 Fall Convocation. His question and answer session acted as a culmination to the course as he encouraged students to travel the world in order to better understand how events around the globe had an impact on their everyday lives. Following up from the Fall Convocation, Montana had the opportunity to study abroad in Greece during the “January Term” at Elon. Over three and a half weeks, Montana and 26 students traveled to over six different cities and visited many of the monuments and historic sites she learned and read about while attending Waldorf. Studying abroad for three and half weeks was one of the most exciting learning experiences she’s had since attending college.