Vanessa Baker ’19

Detroit, MichiganBoarding Student
Vanessa appreciates the real-world applications of what she learns in class.

Why did you especially like one of your classes?

My most interesting class last year was AP Human Geography with Lyman Castle. I liked it because it was very applicable to the real world, and Lyman made everything we learned really enjoyable.

One activity was to find the average life expectancy of people based on their zip codes. It was intriguing to see the large and small differences between them.

What was the biggest lesson you learned from athletics?

Over the years, I’ve had many times when I wanted to stop trying in a game, but when I remembered I was doing it for my team, I had so much more energy.

More about Vanessa:

Vanessa is busy as an IB diploma candidate, peer group leader, Academic Summer Program counselor, newspaper editor, and member of the Discipline Committee. She also manages to play varsity field hockey and lacrosse and take part in the Service Club, Argo (literary magazine), and Model UN.