Senior Spotlights: Anjali Bhatia, Ella Jackson, Emery Oliver, Yishi Wang

The countdown to commencement continues for the resilient and can-do Princeton Day School Class of 2021! Here is the latest group of seniors in our regular series of Senior Spotlights designed to celebrate each graduating student.

Please note that Senior Spotlights appear in alphabetical order and are based on voluntary submissions that our seniors are completing and providing to the Communications Office:

Anjali Bhatia '21

Anjali Bhatia, Panther for 4 years

A turning point/meaningful experience:

Freshman year ceramics class with [master ceramics teacher] Eric Rempe. I never considered myself to be a creative person but this class gave me an outlet to meet new people, learn more about my artistic side, and gave me a mentor for life.

Favorite PDS memory:

CompGov junior year course with history teacher Stefanie Santangelo.

"If I could do it again, "

I would slow down and enjoy my time more.

Message for future PDS seniors:

Try to branch out and figure out what you are passionate about as an underclassman and then build on and deepen your interest as a junior and senior.

Ella Jackson '21

Ella Jackson, Panther for 4 years

A turning point/meaningful teacher:

Honestly all my teachers became mentors for life. Each and every one of them!

"If I could do it again, "

I would try to do it without giggling this time.

Message for future PDS seniors:

Remember that the PDS slogan is not a cliché. There are literally opportunities of a lifetime every day, no joke. Your teachers have the most amazing connections and resources so don’t forget to use that to help you grasp amazing, life-changing opportunities.

Emery Oliver '21

Emery Oliver, Panther for 2 years

A turning point/meaningful experience:

A meaningful experience for me was the first after-school skate I did before hockey season started. After moving to New Jersey, and to a new school, I showed up knowing no one. Having to make all new friends was very nerve-racking, and I felt uncomfortable in the situation. That first skate put me at ease with where I was and from there I knew that everything would work out for me.

Favorite PDS memory:

My favorite PDS memory is definitely beating Lawrenceville in overtime last year in hockey.

"If I could do it again, "

If I could do it again I would enjoy every moment of my normal year last year, because things like free time in the theater lobby is something that I miss and wish I hadn't taken for granted.

Message for future PDS seniors:

Since I only had a little over half of a normal year at PDS I don't really have wisdom for PDS students in particular, but more for high school students as a whole. Looking back on my years of high school I can remember being a freshman like it was yesterday. These four years fly by and before you know it you will be heading off to college so you need to take time to enjoy yourself and have fun. You may never see some of your classmates again after you graduate, which is something I think about a lot while I am all online. Due to this it is important to enjoy every moment you have with these people, and appreciate your time at PDS because we are very fortunate to have this experience. It's important to take full advantage of it.

Yishi Wang '21

Yishi Wang, Panther for 4 years

A turning point/meaningful teacher:

The photo program at PDS has allowed me to pursue my passion for photography. Photography teachers Thatcher Cook and Mrs. H [longtime teacher Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick, who retired after last year] have been invaluable mentors to me throughout my artistic journey and have made this experience unforgettable. I will continue pursuing my love of photography in college and beyond.

"If I could do it again, "

I would spend more time printing in the darkroom before COVID/quarantine.

Senior Project insights:

Recording an EP with Gunnar Clingman.

Message for future PDS seniors:

Really cliché, but be true to yourself and follow your passion. Another cliché one: don't procrastinate; writing two essays and studying for a test in one night is not fun at all.

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