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Andrew Botchway ’22

Queens New YorkBoarding Student
Whether in the art studio, on a playing field, or in math class, Andrew focuses on the how of learning.

Is there a teacher who made a big impact on you?

So far, it’s Jo Adachi. Before George School, I had always thought I was good at drawing and painting. I had taught myself how to draw and had never had a structured art class in my previous schools. I overestimated my abilities. When I came to George School and saw the work of other artists who had actually had proper training making art, I was humbled. Jo helped to shape me into more of the artist I wanted to be. He was relatable and knew exactly how to get the best results from my work.

Is there a class that made a big impact on you?

I had Intensive Geometry and Trigonometry with Travis Ortogero. Travis was a great teacher, and although the assignments were usually very difficult, I enjoyed every second of the class. My favorite project was when we had to figure out how many blades of grass there are on South Lawn. In that class, Travis focused more on teaching us How to think, not just What to think.

What lessons have you learned on a team?

I have been on soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams, and on each of them I have learned that in order for the team to run smoothly and succeed, you need to be able to be compatible with different types of people. I also learned that to be good at anything, you have to work hard and put in the time—sometimes even extra work to be as great as you want to be.

More about Andrew:

Born in Accra, Ghana, Andrew immigrated to New York when he was six. He is a leader of the Beach and Ocean Saving Club and takes part in plenty of other campus clubs, ranging from spike ball, bowling, biking, and skateboarding to UMOJA, podcasts, and knitting.