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Class of 2015

Havergal students excel both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether working in a research lab, performing on stage, volunteering at a local community centre or competing on the playing field, Havergal students confidently strive to reach their full potential. As graduates, the Class of 2015 joins the Havergal Old Girl community of more than 9,000 alumnae around the world.

Meet Some of our Graduates

Tessa Buchan

Tessa Buchan

Harvard University, Liberal Arts Program

As School Captain in her graduating year, Tessa worked hard, played hard and created an upbeat atmosphere within the school. She enjoyed her time at Havergal because she could pursue her passions for sports and music through the school’s co-curricular opportunities. This included playing on the hockey, rowing and field hockey teams and participating in musical ensembles such as the Senior Choir and the Symphonic Band (she plays the trombone). At graduation, Tessa was awarded The Suzanne Curtis Memorial Senior Athlete Trophy for her contributions to sports throughout her years in the Upper School. Tessa currently attends Harvard University where she is exploring the university’s liberal arts program. She looks forward to a career in the healthcare industry.

 

Florence Chan

Florence Chan

King’s College London, Law (LLB)

Florence’s experience with Havergal’s Exchange Program to England in Grade 10 sparked her interest to study abroad. She is currently a student at King’s College London studying Law (LLB). While at Havergal, Florence enjoyed being a member of the school’s badminton, swimming and softball teams and assumed leadership roles in the Public Speaking Club, TEDxHavergalCollege and Student Council. She admired the balance at Havergal that inspires opportunities to engage in academics, sports and the arts. “Havergal’s culture of intellectual curiousity has motivated my ability to make a difference. The relationship of law and democracy, and how the former can help aid or define the latter, is of great interest to me,” says Florence.

 

Nicole Leung

Nicole Leung

New England Conservatory of Music, Vocal Performance

An opera singer in training, Nicole attributes her love of singing to the music program at Havergal. “My music teachers recognized my talent and fostered it,” she says. Currently a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance, Nicole is a proud Old Girl and feels lucky to be connected to the school’s alumnae community. During her time at Havergal, she participated in various music groups such as the Middle School Choir, the Chamber Choir, the Senior Choir and Symphony Orchestra (she plays the violin). Nicole also enjoyed the leadership opportunities available at Havergal and was a member of the Community Council and the Arts Council and was the Admissions Prefect in her graduating year.

 

Saira Obaid

Saira Obaid

University of Waterloo, Mechanical Engineering

Saira first fell in love with mechanical engineering and biomechanics in her Grade 11 Physics class, where she learned about the various fields of engineering and took an interest in the biomechanics of artificial hearts. This passion for engineering led her to become involved in Havergal’s Robotics and Environment Clubs. During her spare time, Saira volunteered for various robotics and engineering competitions at the University of Waterloo (including judging LEGO Robotics competitions and supervising math competitions) and is a student member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Today she is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and looks forward to a career in industrial research and biomechanics. She thanks Havergal for giving her the confidence to join this male-dominated profession.

 

Orli Silverberg

Orli Silverberg

Western University, Medical Sciences and Ivey Program; Scholar’s Electives Program

As the daughter of an Old Girl, Orli knew that Havergal was the right fit for her. As a violinist, she welcomed the many opportunities she was given to perform at school, whether with the Senior Orchestra, with the Chamber Group or during Prayers. Outside Havergal, Orli was a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. She was also active in Havergal athletics as a member of the swimming, volleyball, soccer and track & field teams. In her senior year, Orli developed a community partnership with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in which students performed music for the young patients of Bloorview. Currently, Orli is studying at Western University in the Medical Sciences and Ivey program; she is proud to be a member of the university’s exclusive Scholar’s Electives program.

 

Karishma Singh

Karishma Singh

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Medicine

Karishma describes her time at Havergal as “confidence-building.” During her six years in the Upper School, she enjoyed participating in many of the co-curricular opportunities available at the school such as the Environment Club, the volleyball team, the basketball team and the Derrydown Saturday Community Partnership (in which she led activities for young students with varying physical and intellectual abilities). She was also Co-Head of Beatstock, a student-organized music event in support of one of the school’s community partnerships, and led her House as House Captain. In her graduating year, Karishma was the recipient of the J. Herbert Mason Medal, which is the school’s highest character award. Currently studying medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Karishma attributes her love of chemistry to her science teachers.

 

Lauren Wilcox

Lauren Wilcox

University of Toronto, Engineering

As Head Junior Don in her graduating year, Lauren and the Junior Don Boarding team planned many fun and engaging events for the Boarding community. She enjoyed her time living at Havergal because of the sense of community she felt with her fellow Boarders, who became her family away from home. “What I learned during my time at Havergal is that the more you put into something, the more you get out of it,” says Lauren. She is currently studying Engineering at the University of Toronto, where she is interested in learning more about the environment and sustainability. She thanks her Grade 12 Physics teacher for fostering her passion for science and the environment.

 

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