Senior Spotlight: Annabelle Derrick
Annabelle Derrick’s time at Indian Creek has been highlighted by her ability to follow her robust academic interests. "In the ninth grade I started taking Latin, which really I thought was super, super cool, and Mr. Connolly is incredibly passionate and inspiring, so I developed a love of classics," she shared. Annabelle has also enjoyed the opportunity to take American Sign Language classes at AACC since eighth grade, which she has immensely enjoyed.
Annabelle's interests also extend to theater, in which she’s been involved since discovering her love for performance and design in middle school. “I’ve been involved in theater as both a cast and crew member since sixth grade,” said Derrick. “I’ve taken the lead on a bunch of big costuming projects, which has been really cool. It’s something that I just found out, just tried on whim because I was given the opportunity, and I ended up being really good at, and it was something I really liked. I’ve also always just loved to perform and loved to sing, so it’s great that I’ve had that opportunity as well.”
Derrick also expressed pride in her involvement with the Gay-Straight Alliance at Indian Creek. “Another thing I’ve been really passionate about in my time at Indian Creek has been my involvement in the GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance,” Derrick said. “I found it to be a great tool for education and support, and it really helped me find my voice during my time here.”
Annabelle is excited for her future career in medicine, though she plans to enjoy a broad liberal arts education at Wellesley College over the next four years. “I know what I want to do when I’m older. I want to be a doctor and specialize in geriatrics,” said Derrick, “but I think while I’m in undergrad I’d like to concentrate in the humanities as much as possible and really get a holistic education.”
She shares her belief that Indian Creek has given her what she has needed to thrive. “I think what Indian Creek really excels at is nurturing the individual,” she said. “Throughout my time here, I’ve been able to carve my own path, and I’ve seen the paths that others have carved for themselves. I think that Indian Creek’s biggest strength is our diversity, in that every student is different, and they give us the tools and support to both nurture those differences and help us accomplish all our different paths in the best way possible.”
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland. Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.