Every year, New Canaan Darien & Rowayton features ten standout local high school students in our September/October issue. In 2011, I was one of ten Teens to Watch for this magazine. It was a great experience, and I got to meet some wonderful people, many of who still work at Moffly Media. Now, I’m proud to call them my colleagues. I got the opportunity this summer to work at the Teens photo shoot – a nostalgic yet exciting full-circle experience. It gave us an idea: in our fifth year of running the story, why don’t we catch up with other former Teens to Watch to see where they’ve gone? Between icebreaking in Antarctica and touring with a folk rock band, there’s hardly a dull story as these rising stars shape into the leaders of tomorrow.
Me, Kieran McQuilkin (2011, King)
I’m just starting my junior year at Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and majoring in Business Journalism with a minor in German. I started taking German classes my freshman year and instantly fell in love with the language and culture – going so far as to live there for a month last summer. I’m a goalkeeper on W&L’s soccer team, and write for the news section of our paper, The Ring-tum Phi. This summer, I was the editorial intern at Moffly Media, and writing what I hope are great stories for New Canaan Darien & Rowayton.
Connor Fitzpatrick (2009, Brunswick)
Connor went on to graduate from Cornell in the spring with a degree in Applied Economics and Management and a focus in entrepreneurship. Now, he’s grounded as a consultant at FactSet Research Systems in New York City. Nevertheless, Connor would rather spend his time below sea or above ground – He was a dive master and a charter boat captain in the British Virgin Islands, Greece and Croatia; and a pilot in the Patient Airlift Services for Darien EMS. Look for him landing a private helicopter on his fully staffed yacht in the near future.
Caroline Kitchener (2009, CSH)
This liberal arts heroine graduated from Princeton in the spring with a degree in History and certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. This year, she’s following four of her friends through their first year after college, “in the real world,”and hoping to publish a book on their stories in 2016. But first, Caroline made her way overseas to Jiangxi, China and is currently teaching a public speaking course for over 30 Chinese students.
Molly O’Neill (2009, GA)
Molly wasted no time in exploring linguistic arts at Princeton. She earned a degree in Classics with a certificate in Creative Writing; saying the classics are inherently interdisciplinary and allow her to learn about the people behind history. For three years, she was on the board of Princeton’s student-run musical theatre program, and she led eight outdoor orientation programs for wide-eyed freshmen. This experienced leader was sent by the university’s Project 55 fellowship program to Washington, D.C., where she is now a special projects coordinator at the AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation – a non-profit for advancements in early childhood education.
Alexandra Jaffe (2009, Lukes)
Alexandra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in spring and has been living the journalist’s dream since we spoke with her in 2009. At uPenn, she was the editor of 34th Street Magazine, the school’s arts and culture publication, and also founded her own production company. She went on to intern for the NY Times, Rolling Stone, and Philadelphia Inquirer, writing mostly about the music industry. After graduation, Alexandra packed up and left for a summer cross-country road trip, before finally returning home to New York City. Now, she works as an independent freelance writer while establishing her own production company in the Big Apple.
David Morgan (2010, GFA)
We’re not entirely sure David has stood still since we interviewed him in 2010. At Hamilton College in New York, he’s a Geology major with minors in Math and Education; but spends many of his nights on the ambulance shift in Syracuse. Over the summer he is a wilderness trip leader at Camp Manito-wish in Wisconsin; but, as if that weren’t adventurous enough, David just returned from a two-month excursion working on an icebreaker barge in Antarctica. To his dismay, he found that he needed different icebreaker skills for that cute girl in GEO 301.
David Fitzpatrick (2011, Brunswick)
David sold his successful high school start-up, Atlantic Entertainment, to younger Brunswick students before he graduated. At the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, he is working toward a degree in Hotel Administration with a minor in Real Estate and is co-president of the school’s Real Estate Club, encompassing more than 300 students. The spotlight can’t get enough of David at school sporting events, where he’s Cornell’s Big Red Bear mascot. For the last three summers, this tycoon in the making worked for the Stamford commercial real estate firm Building and Land Technology; while this year he switched venues to the real estate group at the prestigious Hudson’s Bay Company. Hopefully, he’ll remember this article when I pay rent for his building in the near future.
Tom Seiler (2011, Prep)
Tom is taking great strides to make his transition into the corporate world of finance as quick as possible. At Colgate University, he’s earning a degree in International Relations with a History minor; but his mind is where the money is. Last summer, he attended the Bridge Program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, while this year he interned at Edgewood Management in New York City, working in in asset management. But Tom has hardly sacrificed the good times for his career foundation — he joined the big and burly Hamilton rugby squad and spent a semester in Barcelona, traveling throughout Europe during his stay.
Lily Holland (2011, Lukes)
Lily is currently struggling to find something she’s bad at. At Colby College in Maine, she’s an English and Government double major with a concentration in Creative Writing. She’s extended those skills to her role as program leader of Best Buddies, a university-sponsored mentorship program for mentally handicapped adults, and as a tutor at the school’s writing center. This summer, her altruism brought her to Boston to work as a summer vendor analyst for Givewell Getwell, a healthcare startup working on a non-clinical solution plan for cancer patients. While mending the wounds of the domestic community, she also managed to slip across oceans to study in Switzerland, India, and the Czech Republic.
Kevin Duane (2012, Brunswick)
I was lucky enough to catch up with Kevin at a moment he wasn’t on the ice – a rare find for the Boston University stud hockey player. After taking a year off to play juniors, he earned 10 points in his freshman year at one of the county’s best hockey schools. He’s working toward a degree in Journalism and a minor in Business whilst volunteering for Autism Speaks and, when he catches a rare glimpse of downtime, improving his golf game.
Peter Barston (2012, Prep)
Peter is readying himself for the business world at Georgetown University, where he is an Accounting and Finance double major in the McDonough School of Business. He’s a sports writer for The Hoya newspaper; but extended his financial talents to found the Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Club. Peter is especially proud of his work at Students of Georgetown, Inc., or “The Corp,” which he says is the world’s largest student-run non-profit, as a store accountant. In his time away from spreadsheets, he puts up numbers playing pick-up basketball with his friends.
Eliza Moley (2012, GFA)
This young producer has her eyes firmly set on the big screen. With a fellow student, she established the first International Youth Film Festival at Fairfield Theatre; which gathered a crowd of over 100 at its inaugural event. This summer, she juggled two jobs: at the Barrett Bookstore in Darien, and a more impassioned post at the Tribeca Films productions office. Outside the box office, her sailing team came in 8th place at the National Championship Regatta in Sacramento. In the fall, Eliza will fly to LA to attend USC, where she plans to major in Communications with critical studies on Film Studies and Production.
Kira Schott (2012, GA)
We knew in 2012 that Kira’s ambition was through the roof, and she certainly hasn’t slowed down since then. The MIT student is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Electrical Engineering, all the while battling through their Navy ROTC program – she’ll be commissioned as an officer upon graduation. Her spread of talents landed her spots on both the university’s lacrosse team and popular improv troupe, Roadkill Buffet. This summer, Kira worked in Germany for Vaillant, an HVAC company using engineering technology far above the grasp of my intellect.
Alex Britton (2012, King)
As a junior in high school, Alex’s iPhone app business was making him about as much money as his teachers. In the fall, he heads to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Study to work in computer science and entrepreneurship; further realizing the potential of his groundbreaking iDeas. This summer he’s working on yet another app, this one focused on location-based social media, and set to come out in the fall. Aside from tinkering with e-toys, he’s been going to movies, playing the drums, and most important of all, “eating good food.”
Charlie Schlinkert (2012, Lukes)
Charlie has made perhaps the greatest leap of all our former teens into his dream career. He dropped out of NYU after two years to be a full-time drummer, joining the folk rock band Del Water Gap among a couple others, who in May released their first EP, “Sleeping.” His fall will consist of touring with the band around various universities and smaller venues. In the meantime, Charlie works in production and distribution at Momofuku Milk Bar as well as the wood shop “Brand New Noise.” If you buy a thumb piano in Brooklyn, he very well could have made it. I’ve had his album playing while writing this article, and highly recommend you give it a listen on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify.
Jackson Reynolds (2013, Brunswick)
Jackson is geared up to start his freshman year at Harvard, where he will pursue academic interests in physics and math. The whiz kid interned last year at Formation 8, a venture capital firm in San Francisco. Back on the east coast this summer, he’s laying low and preparing to join the crew team at school as well as play club squash; which, we imagine, is about as good as club squash gets.
David Maloof (2013, Prep)
This blooming legislator studies political science at Columbia; and after just one year there has a seriously stacked transcript. David is on the board of the non-profit group Youth for Debate, which teaches students debate skills at underprivileged New York City schools. He’s a member of both a political discussion forum and a student leadership group at Columbia, and this summer is working in digital analytics for a governor’s campaign in Rhode Island. Give me call in a few years, David; let’s talk about my taxes.
Arthur Doelp (2013, GFA)
When we met Arthur last year, it was clear his ambitions were vast, yet completely attainable for his multi-talented mind. At the time of the interview, he was preparing for the state science fair – his momentum-powered electric car generator was judged Connecticut’s best in the Physics category; earning him 3rd place overall in the competition. Not bad. He’ll be a freshman at Babson in the fall, where his academic focus is entrepreneurship and finance, and he plans to join one of several prestigious investment clubs there. Arthur’s also making strides on the Babson track team, where he hopes to compete in the 200m. This summer, he works as one of the Eatrageous Chip company’s brand ambassadors in Connecticut and New York. I tried the Eatrageous Mac n’ Cheese chips – they’re delicious.
Jackson Prince (2013, Lukes)
A sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont, Jackson has just recently cultivated a passion for theatre. He majors in English and Theatre with a minor in Mathematics, and enjoys ad-libbing for the school’s improv club. This summer, he worked at the Grace Farms Foundation researching arts venues and organizations throughout Fairfield County and New York City. “I was just glad to tap into real-world organizational skills,” he said of his time there. Jackson is doing plenty of reading and writing this summer, and says his headphones rarely stop playing tracks from “The Sound You Need” YouTube channel.