Laura Nicolae ’12, helped her Harvard Fed Challenge team earn a second place finish at the National College Fed Challenge in December, 2017. Laura wrote an article entitled “100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice,” which was the #1 most read article on the Harvard Crimson for multiple weeks. The Wall Street Journal featured Laura in its publication for the article she wrote.
Samantha Crow Quist ’95, visited Topeka Collegiate in August to speak to middle school students about careers in technology. During a 45-minute class period, students were able to “try out” high-tech careers by prototyping an app. Marketing and design were among the career possibilities Quist introduced to the students. “I really struggled to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Quist said. “There’s so many choices, and I was interested in so many things. I feel like students get a lot of guidance on skills, they learn how to do certain things. But not a lot of guidance to figure out what they like, what different career paths might be like.”
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Michael Brown ’12, had the opportunity to speak to over 3,000 students at the Kansas State University New Student Convocation. Brown was selected as one of three student speakers to address the incoming K-State freshman class regarding success in college.
Brad Garlinghouse ’85, was inducted into Topeka High’s Hall of Fame on October 1, 2017. In his speech, Garlinghouse states that he has been lucky because of the people who have influenced his life. He notes Mrs. Hoyt among these people saying, “I was lucky to have Mrs. Hoyt…in middle school.” He continues his speech thanking his parents, Topeka Collegiate founders, Susan and Kent Garlinghouse. “And, ofcourse, I was incredibly lucky to have parents like my mom and dad. They were an omnipresent balance of challenging me at every step of the way – but providing unconditional love and support alongside.”