Valedictorian Sonia Vohra began at The Meadows in Mrs. Verbon's kindergarten class thirteen years ago. She now plans to study Science, Technology, and International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. We caught up with Sonia for a quick Q & A to find out what she valued most about her time at The Meadows:
Over the course of your thirteen years at The Meadows you must have some wonderful memories. Are there any that stand out as your favorites?
I made plenty of amazing memories throughout high school, but some of my favorite memories actually come from my 5th grade class with Mr. Bissell! From selling ice cream at lunch with my friends, learning about and then trying dog food, and doing math on huge sheets of paper-it was definitely a year to remember.
Those are some amazing memories! While we're on the subject of favorites, what was your favorite extracurricular activity that you were a part of at TMS?
Participating in the theater department was honestly one of my favorite TMS experiences. With the help of some of the best theater teachers in the world, I was able to explore my love of acting, singing, and dancing in a variety of strange yet entertaining plays and musicals. I learned so many valuable lessons and made so many great friends through TMS Theater. I will cherish them forever.
The Upper School Theater always does put on fantastic productions. Are there any of your roles that stand out as special?
Landing the role of Cinderella in "Into the Woods" definitely stands out. I consider that role, in addition to becoming Valedictorian, as my proudest TMS accomplishment.
Speaking of becoming Valedictorian, you ended your career at The Meadows with a 5.11 GPA. Tell us about some of the classes you took in Upper School.
I really enjoyed AP U.S. History with Mr. Kaempfer. He always made the subject matter so interesting and made me laugh in every class! I can also say that AP Physics 1 and C with Mr. Santo Pietro were two of the most challenging yet intriguing classes I ever took in high school. In what other class will you spin in a chair to better understand a lesson on moment of inertia?!
Finally, now that you're headed off to Washington, D.C. for college, what TMS tradition do you think you'll miss the most?
As much as my taste buds will miss the Second Grade Valentine's Day Bake Sale, I'd have to say that singing the Twelve Days of Christmas with the entire school at the Annual All-School Holiday Assembly is what I'll miss most! It's amazing seeing everyone singing and moving along to the classic tune whether they know the exact actions or not. The thundering sound made when everyone jumps on "ten lords a-leaping" always made me smile.