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Senior Spotlights: Nasim Amer, Jaylin Champion-Adams, Joe Hudicka, Hannah Su

This spring, we recognize and applaud our seniors for their courage, resilience, vision and spirit of camaraderie as they reflect on their time at PDS and share words of wisdom for those who will follow in their footsteps.

Here are more senior spotlights from our Class of 2020:

Nasim Amer, Panther for 7 years

A turning point at PDS:

Going to Student Diversity Leadership Conference my senior year allowed me to truly become comfortable with my identity. 

A favorite PDS memory:

Beating Lawrenceville in soccer this year during fall weekend. 

A message for future PDS seniors:

Make the most out of your senior year because you never know what might happen. 

Grateful for:

I am grateful for all of the teachers who have helped shape me into the person I am today. 

Jaylin Champion-Adams, Panther for 14 years

A turning point at PDS:

A turning point for me at PDS was winning a Prep Championship in basketball. Just to see how happy everyone was in the days leading up to the game, and then once we won it, it was even better to come back to school and celebrate with everyone.  

A favorite PDS memory:

Two of my favorite memories at PDS would be winning a Prep Championship and Blue and White Days.

A message for future PDS seniors:

Try to make the most of your senior year because it’ll be over before you know it.

Grateful for:

  • The faculty
  • All the students are welcoming

Joe Hudicka, Panther for 4 years

A turning point at PDS:

There's not really a specific moment I can pinpoint, but my time in photography these past two years has really shaped me as a person. From learning how to tune my creative side and apply it to any subject I'm in, to learning how to utilize the skillsets of my team members efficiently, there are so many things I've learned this early that I probably wouldn't have learned if I didn't take these courses. And it also helps to be surrounded by awesome people in the photo room, too :)

A favorite PDS memory:

My favorite PDS memory, hands down, has to be Chris Cecila's game-winning goal at the PDS-Lawrenceville game this year.

A message for future PDS seniors:

I can go on and on about advice, but I'll boil it down to three things: 1) Don't procrastinate looking for colleges 2) Don't sell yourself short for the schools you apply to, you never know what'll happen! 3) Try to find something to do every day that makes you smile, because at the end of the day it is your senior year (might as well enjoy it!).

Grateful for:

  • I'm grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people here, from the students to the faculty, everyone is truly a kindhearted person and I'm glad I could connect with you all :)
  • Along with that, I'm grateful that with each class I've taken, each teacher was truly passionate about the subject and willing to help/dive deeper if we wished.
  • I'm grateful for all the teams I've been on (especially JV Puck) and all of my teammates that I've played with.
  • I'm really going to miss everyone here, and I can't wait to see where we cross paths again!

Hannah Su, Panther for 4 years:

A turning point at PDS:

Summer 2019 made me realize that the real world is a lot bigger than I expected; even though I thought that I was so sure of what I wanted to pursue and what I was passionate about, I was still (and still am) an average 17 year old who does not have a clue as to what she’s doing with her life. And that’s ok. It’s safe to say that this realization was very liberating (and existential).

A favorite PDS memory:

Taking my architecture class to visit the Steven Holl Architects office. I had accidentally left a book in my desk drawer from the summer when I interned there. I was glad I was able to retrieve it and that no one had discovered it because I had a lot of Steven Holl caricatures in that book... the relief...

A message for future PDS seniors:

High school will probably get really overwhelming and stressful at times... When things got difficult, I’d always think to myself, “darkest before dawn” (I think it’s a paraphrased version of a Thomas Fuller quote)... No matter how bad the situation, it’ll always get better eventually (it might not seem like it at the moment, but you’ll get through it!... just like how I got through this sentence with all these vague pronouns... oops...)

Grateful for:

  • Amazing visual arts and music department
  • Super-supportive English department
  • The dedicated people who maintain our facilities
  • Really committed College Counseling office
  • Mrs. Mayo and the special soaps she puts in the bathroom next to the art wing

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