Jonathan Stern '16

Soccer (Varsity Captain)
Ski Team (Varsity Captain)
Community Council (Vice President)
Theater (Fall and Spring Musicals)
Model UN
Mock Trial
Mr. Thayer
Peer Advisor
Benelli Writing Center Fellow

Hometown: Marshfield
Attending: Duke University

What was your most challenging class?

AP US History. Mr. Donnelly pushes you to look at history as a whole and make connections on your own. He makes sure you aren’t just spitting out facts. You have to look at the bigger picture. I’m a math and science person, so it was challenging, but I really liked the class.

How did Thayer change you?

I came into the 9th grade a little shy. But I met a good group of kids who took their schoolwork seriously but still had a social life. It was a good time to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone. I broke out of my shell.

What was your most memorable Thayer experience?

Every single show I was a part of. Kids from all 4 grades participate so it’s a great way to get to know underclassmen and upperclassmen. You really get to know these students and the teachers really well. Before each show we would get together and form a circle, and it’s very emotional. I’m going to miss that a lot.

What’s your favorite Thayer tradition?

Winter wars, the hypnotist show-- I can’t think of one. Every event that makes Thayer unique is just fun.

What will you miss most when you leave?

I’ll definitely miss the people here, especially the faculty. Teachers here really connect with the students - and not just on a strictly educational level. You can have a good connection and email or talk to them outside of class whenever you need to.

What was your talent in the Mr. Thayer competition?

I performed a magic trick. We have a family friend who’s a magician and he helped me prepare. [Note: Jonathan won Mr. Thayer, an annual event in which senior boys participate in a talent competition to earn the title Mr. Thayer.]