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Profiles of Recent Scholars

Carlota Corbella, Spain, Hotchkiss School (CT)

First Honors. The Charles E. Berry Award, presented “to the members of the cross country team who live up to the code of the runner in that he or she neither boasts of victory over a worthy opponent nor excuses defeat.” Winner of the New England Division I Cross Country Championship and champion in the New England 3000 meters. Member of Astronomy Club, Saxophone Quartet, Outing Club, El Club (Spanish club), Woods Squad, and Club Swim. Lettered in Varsity Track & Field and in Varsity Cross Country.

“The ASSIST experience has prepared me for life. After this year I feel more ready to face challenges with positivism and enthusiasm, to adapt to unexpected situations, and to appreciate the richness of any culture. Now I know that, regardless of where I end up, ASSIST will have been key to my future.”

Jannis Stöter, Germany, Woodberry Forest School (VA)

Walker Scholar (min. GPA 4.00). Princeton Book Club Award: “Awarded to a 5th former who has exhibited outstanding leadership and academic capabilities as well as substantial contributions outside of school in a leadership capacity.” Lettered in Varsity Soccer and Varsity Diving and was Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach. Member of International Forum, acting and directing class. Cast member in fall and spring plays, and took vocal lessons; arranged for Holocaust survivor Esther Bauer to address the school.

“With ASSIST I embarked on a journey unprecedented in my life. I learned how to look out for opportunity, where to find it, and how to take advantage of it. I realized how much potential there is in the world and comprehended what it means to think critically. My year truly was a life-changing experience and it makes me proud to consider myself a Woodberry boy and even prouder to be part of ASSIST.” 

Bilyana Georgieva, Bulgaria, Greenhill School (TX)

High honors. Outstanding Accomplishment in AP Statistics Award, Excellence in Physics Book Award, History Book Award, Theater Award, and Dance Award. Cross-country team, dance company, spring musical.

“My ASSIST year broadened my perspective in so many ways and helped me define myself as an individual. I met so many wonderful people whom I now call my second family, and I know this wouldn’t have been possible without this exchange. Even though this invaluable experience went by too quickly, it left a permanent mark on my heart, and I will be forever thankful to ASSIST!” 

Filip Flenhagen, Sweden, Belmont Hill School (MA)

High Honors. Community service at Camp Starfish (children with intellectual disabilities). Member of Model UN and Chinese Clubs and wrote for the student newspaper. Acted in the Senior-directed play. Lettered in Varsity Golf and Varsity Soccer. Honorable mention by the Independent School League Council for contributions to the Belmont Hill soccer team and Second Team All-ISL Soccer selection.

“My year at Belmont Hill exposed me to opportunities that one can only dream of. Belmont Hill and ASSIST are by far the most interesting and inspiring communities that I have ever encountered; two communities in which each individual does not only work hard for his, or her, own progression, but moreover helps and encourages others to reach their goals. Being a part of the ASSIST program allowed me to explore and learn from a foreign culture; furthermore, my ASSIST year helped me understand who I am and what I believe in. The students, teachers, and members of ASSIST that I have met this year, are people who I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life, both as friends but also on a more professional level."

Isabel Byrne, Australia, Hathaway Brown School (OH)

High Academic Honors (GPA of 4.39). Lettered in Varsity Swimming and contributed strongly to the dance program. Joined service trip to Nicaragua. Member of Hathaway Brown Orchestra and Choir, winner of HB Talent Quest, and sang a solo at the internationally acclaimed Nighttown Jazz Club.

“I am so grateful to ASSIST for opening grand doors to me. I reflect upon how I almost didn’t apply for an ASSIST scholarship, thinking I would not be accepted into such a prestigious programme, and I am thankful everyday that I took the chance! ASSIST has given me a global perspective—I now view the world with a stronger understanding and awareness of issues outside the comforting borders of my own country. As this world becomes increasingly smaller, global citizenship and participation is imperative. My ASSIST year has broadened my outlook to how many opportunities exist for this generation. When we muster the courage to pursue every lead, absolutely anything is possible, and it is such a privilege to have developed this confidence through ASSIST. Thank you for believing in me.”