Charlie Hewit '19

Charlie Hewit '19

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Mr. Thayer 2019

Hometown: Canton
Attending: University of Pennsylvania

How has Thayer influenced you both as a student and as a person?

As a student, Thayer has made me much more confident. I came from public school and was very nervous being placed in a rigorous academic environment, but Thayer’s teachers and support helped me to succeed. As a person, I have become more conscious of issues around the world and at home. 

What was your most challenging class?

PreCalc Honors. Mr. Forrest makes sure that this class isn’t just engaging but incredibly difficult as well. Right off the bat, we started with trigonometry, which pushed us to our limits. Even though it was the most challenging, I found myself having the most fun as well.

Who is your favorite teacher at Thayer?

Mr. Forrest is my favorite teacher. Whether in a Thayer van on our way to a Mathletes match or helping me understand impossible permutation and combination problems, he teaches with spirit and enthusiasm. Even when Mr. Forrest gives us a pop quiz, he does so in a way that makes light of the situation.

What do you plan to study in college and why?

I plan to study Philosophy Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania. I am choosing this major mostly because I am unsure about my future. I know that I love government and work associated with it, and I also know that I love math. So, I combined my passions in this major that I feel was almost made for me.

What will you miss most about Thayer Academy?

I will miss my teachers and friends who have supported me during my time at Thayer. I will also miss the Super Bowl lunch immensely (Go, Pats!!!).

What’s an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

I have done the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Wings Challenge (12 of their hottest wings in under six minutes) twice within the span of a week. I would strongly recommend not doing this.

What is your most memorable academic experience?

When I dressed up as Mr. Rogers and gave a presentation on his life and why he was a “maverick.”

Who inspires you the most?

My grandfather inspires me the most. He was a bombardier in World War II, was shot down, and evaded capture. His courage and strength inspire me every day. 

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

“Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness.” This is a quote from the movie Pulp Fiction, and while this is a fictional quote based on a fictional Bible verse, it couldn’t speak more truth to me. I believe that people who help people less fortunate than themselves are truly special.

In what grade did you start Thayer, and what advice would you have given yourself on that first day?

I started at Thayer in the 9th grade. My advice to my former self would be not to focus too much on being perfect and work on the little things.