Years of hard work and dedication to pursuing her academic passions paid off this week, as Sarah Hawes committed to study at Cornell University's College of Engineering next year. While she is currently planning to major in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell, Hawes remains open-minded and looks forward to explore other STEM fields. Her experience at Indian Creek has shown her that she can achieve her goals through diligent work with teachers passionate to see their students succeed.
In anticipation of a day of virtual instruction due to forecasted winter weather, Mrs. Kornmeyer and Mrs. Venuti sent home a sealed astronomy kit that their first grade students were not to open until class time.
The Indian Creek community has had the privilege of witnessing senior Wesley Beann evolve from a reserved freshman to a confident senior, ready to take on college and the world. Through his years at ICS, Beann has pursued both passions and responsibilities, playing drums in the band and managing the boys basketball team, all while excelling academically.
“I feel very strongly that physics should be hands-on as much as possible. I try to get kids away from the screen, working with physical things, manipulating things, actually feeling forces and seeing their effects on objects and how they move and behave, seeing the effects of light, doing optics experiments,” says Upper School Science Teacher Mr. Glenn Klakring.
Levi Kline has been at ICS for 13 years. He cites AP Biology with Mrs. Roth as his favorite subject and said it has inspired his potential area of study in college. Kline is an integral member of the Eagles’ Varsity boys soccer team and made two penalty-shootout saves in Creek’s MIAA championship win last fall. He also plays lacrosse and tennis and is a black belt in taekwondo.
Olivia Boucher will graduate in the spring with 13 AP credits and a passion for life sciences and art, as well as the title of captain of the Eagles Varsity Sailing team. “ICS has created an academic environment where I can pursue each of my areas of interest,” said Boucher. “I’ve taken BLincs in aquatic biology/ecology, and by the time I graduate will have also taken both AP Environmental and AP Biology. It’s really shaped what I want to study further and has allowed me to learn more about how the environment and its organisms function.”
Rex Flanagan ’21 found his academic passion at Indian Creek School. Rex will pursue studies in Cyber Security or Data Analytics at Mount St. Mary’s University, where he has also signed to play Division I soccer. “I came to Indian Creek as a freshman, and it’s just a great community,” said Flanagan. “The teachers are very interactive with the students, and it’s just a great place and community of people.”
STEM Guest Lecturer Mr. Casey Corkin gave ICS students an inside peek into the professional possibilities and discoveries created through the fields of Aerospace Engineering, Information Technology, and Data Science.
Allison Smith has vigorously pursued two of her greatest passions: music and dance, while excelling in the academic arena at Indian Creek. As a dancer with The Washington School of Ballet, Smith has balanced her schoolwork at Indian Creek with a demanding dance schedule. As a longtime clarinetist, Smith has enjoyed her time playing at Indian Creek. “My favorite aspect of ICS is definitely how much the teachers push and encourage you to be the best student you can be,” Smith said.
The third grade team comprised of John Argilan and Debbie Fowler embody the essence of elementary education. The duo is committed to providing an excellent academic experience for their students in engaging, fun, and innovative ways. Through their Ecology studies, third grade students will engineer devices to capture wind energy to propel model vehicles.
Mrs. Patricia Roth (who was named the 2020 'Face of Innovative Teaching' by What's Up? magazine) works to make her science classes challenging, engaging, and applicable to real life. A published scientist herself, innovative, differentiated learning is at the core of everything shedoes at ICS. In addition to teaching high school science, she also serves as the Director of the School's Blended Learning (BLinc) program. Mrs. Roth has shared her expertise with colleagues and peers world-wide, speaking at Educational conferences about her experience with hybrid teaching across the U.S. and in China.
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.