Max Notarangelo has big dreams – then he builds them! Currently, he is the Captain of the Sammamish High School robotics team and has competed nationally with the robots they’ve constructed. Having shorter school days at Chrysalis has allowed him to pursue his interests outside of the classroom. He’s taken a welding class, an online programming course at Stanford and even pursued his dream of starting his own company – Clockwork Development. The business he started is almost ready to publish its first iPhone app! He has also served this year as JSA co-president and was a National Merit Scholar based on his exemplary PSAT and SAT scores. Next year, he’ll continue the pursuit of his dreams when he attends Quest University in British Columbia, Canada, where he plans on majoring in liberal arts with an emphasis in physics and math. We wish him all the best as he moves forward “building” his dreams!
Isaac isn’t busy questioning what he wants to do, he’s busy doing it! If he isn’t on stage here at Chrysalis, he is attending an audition, participating in acting lessons or getting ready for his next gig. Recently, he was one of the lead roles, Harry, in the musical Once Upon a Mattress here at Chrysalis. In addition to acting, he plays the cello and models to help further his career goals of being on stage. Chrysalis has given Isaac the flexibility to attend auditions and pursue his passion of acting, all while finishing up his senior year. Next year, he plans to focus on acting full time either on stage or at college taking classes. His enthusiasm is contagious and we know one day it will be his name on Broadway… or in Hollywood… or wherever his ambition takes him! Best wishes, Isaac we can’t wait to see where your drive takes you next!
Tori hasn’t been on campus at Chrysalis very often this semester – and we couldn’t be more happy for her! Her deep curiosity about the world has propelled her to travel afar. Not only has she traveled to compete in horse shows she has also journeyed to Europe. Next year, Tori plans on attending the The University of British Columbia! Her plan is to major in Visual Art and Communication. The University of British Columbia will allow her to bring her horse to a stable in nearby Langley, BC, to pursue qualification for the Canadian Nation Team. We’re so excited for her and we wish her all the best on her explorations and adventures! Best wishes, Tori!
Alec enjoys science and math and says that depending on the year, the two subjects battle as his favorite. Regardless of the subject, Alec is a hard worker. His desire to see both academic and real world application of his studies is why he chose Drexel University in Philadelphia. When asked about the program he is interested in, he shared his enthusiasm about Business Engineering – a program that has both the technical aspects of engineering as well as the financing, leadership, operations and marketing elements of business. He is most excited however, about the co-op program at Drexel. He likes the flexibility of the program that will allow him to work six months in an actual business environment, getting hands-on experience, then going to school six months, then back to the business world. This school will be a great fit for him. Congratulations Alec on your adventure to the east coast next year and all your future endeavors!
Nate Pollak is at home at Chrysalis – this is likely why he chose to go to Fairhaven at Western Washington University. If you want to find Nate, check the activity room, but be ready to look around, because he is never just with one person. He flows in and out of different social groups and navigates a variety of friends and experiences. When asked about Chrysalis, he often cites how much he appreciates the flexibility and small classes. He credits Chrysalis for his belief in himself and his desire to pursue more education after high school. Nate says he chose Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bellingham precisely because it reminds him of Chrysalis. We have appreciated Nate’s smiles, confidence and strength. We wish him great success next year at Fairhaven!