Articles by: Jessica Shi '17

We Are Immigrant America

We Are Immigrant America

February 17, 2017 at 6:01 am 0 comments

Ms. Kolina Koleva has been a math teacher at Choate for three years. She is an immigrant from Bulgaria.  In 1989, when I was six, the Berlin Wall fell. We were a socialist country in the 80s, and people mostly complained about things like waiting in line in the coldRead More

Ms. Nash addresses non-violent resistance in the modern world.

Truth to Power: Venerable Activist Diane Nash Speaks at Yale

February 3, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

On Wednesday, January 25, Yale University welcomed Ms. Diane Nash as the keynote speaker of its Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program, which was open to the public. Two recent Choate alumni, Uzo Biosah ’16 and Esul Burton ’16, who are now Yale students; two Choate faculty,Read More

The Case for Keeping Quiet

January 20, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

In the previous issue of The Choate News, Anselm Kizza-Besigye ’17 wrote an Opinions piece titled “The College Conundrum,” and in it, he explored the often harmful ways with which we approach conversations about college applications and decisions. As no words of my own can capture the eloquence with whichRead More

An American Tragedy: Why I’m Crying Over Clinton

November 18, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

I have a confession to make; I have yet to watch Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, and I don’t think I will be able to anytime soon. I know, or can guess, what she said, having read excerpts here and there. Love and accept one another; thank you for supporting me;Read More

What is Family? Three Students Share Their Stories

What is Family? Three Students Share Their Stories

October 28, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Sam Wendel is a four-year junior from Astoria, N.Y.  My birth mother died when I was three months old, and my dad remarried when I was six. Last year, he divorced my stepmom. And, this year, he married again. My family has moved a lot, and, as we pack up,Read More

Conference attendees listened to a variety of presentations aimed at enabling women to succeed as heads of schools.

Choate Hosts Empowering Women’s Conference

October 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Over thirty women from anywhere from across the Mid-Atlantic, from New Jersey to Maryland, gathered in Ruutz-Rees on Friday, September 30 for the 2016 Fall Women’s Leadership Seminar, an annual event led by and for the use of women educators in independent schools. The goal of the three-day seminar wasRead More

Ally Week: Three Queer Students Share Their Story

Ally Week: Three Queer Students Share Their Story

October 7, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

As told to Kristen Andonie ’17 and Jessica Shi ’17. Interviews condensed and edited. Danielle Young Danielle Young ’17 is a four-year senior from Redford, Mich. Middle school was consciousness — knowing that I was some form of “other” in terms of sexuality. People’s hormones were raging, and mine wereRead More

Illustration by McKynzie Romer

The Dress Code Gets Made Over

September 30, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Each new school year inevitably brings changes. This time, the Choate community was met with progress on the construction of the new St. John Hall, a host of new students and faculty, and — to the cheers of some and the disappointment of others — a new dress code. InRead More

No God Blesses My America

May 13, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

At Choate, we often casually assume the existence of God. We read the Bible in English class. The political debate a few weeks ago ended with “God Bless America.” The recent religious panel did not include representation from non-Abrahamic religions. These instances are not purposefully discriminatory, yet they serve asRead More