Student Biographers

As part of our science engagement programs, we recruited students to interview and prepare biographies of our team scientists. This work was done in collaboration with in Mrs. Laura Childs, International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Edgewood High School by the students listed below.

Avelina Bonwit was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Edgewood High school and graduated in 2019. She is interested in political science, sociology, and chemistry and has a passion for travelling. She hopes to go to college in Washington D.C with the hopes of working for the government when she gets older. Her family and friends constantly inspire her with their unconditional love and encouragement.

Emma Gabel was a student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School and graduated in 2019. She is passionate about many things, among which are science, art, language, and literature. She is ever inspired by the wonderful people around her and hopes to do well by them.

Cassandra Garcia was a student in the International Baccalaureate program, from which she graduated in 2018. Photography is Cassandra’s greatest passion. Cassandra is also interested in musical theatre and creative writing. She plans to attend Towson University in pursue of a degree in art-based education. She is inspired by her own artist father and various surrealist artists and photographers. Her future goals include to create published photographs while educating those who find passion within photography.

Andrew Grad was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Edgewood High School and graduated in 2019. His major and college are still undecided, but he wants to attend college in Washington D.C. He hopes to travel the world and have many adventures throughout his life time while getting the chance to have a more in-depth understanding of world culture. Every day he is inspired by his loving family and friends, pushing him to be the best he can be.

Savanah Hoffstein was a student in International Baccalaureate Program and Edgewood High School and graduated in 2019. She hopes to stay on the east coast when going to college but does not quite know what her major will be. She is interested in acting, singing, band, writing, photography, politics, and more. She is always inspired by her teachers, friends, and family to continue striving to be better.

Kristina Holsapple, graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program from Edgewood High School in 2019. Kristina aspires to attend college with concentrations in international business/economics, Chinese, and Japanese languages studies. Her dream is to eventually take her father on a visit to where he grew up in Japan. Kristina’s inspiration comes from her close relationship with her parents, her dog, and the belief that love and positivity will move the world into a better place.

Riley Johnson was a student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School. She graduated in May 2018 is planning on studying International Relations and would like to work in foreign service. She is inspired by her extremely supportive family and friends.

Emily Logue graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Edgewood High School with the class of 2019. She enjoys playing softball and soccer, travelling, and going on mission trips with her church. Emily is currently attending Virginia Tech studying communications. She plans on a future career in the sports broadcasting field. Her family, friends, and the people around her inspire her to become a better person every day, and to always be as happy as she can be.

Grace Martino graduated from Edgewood High School with the class of 2019. Her interests include field hockey, playing violin, and traveling. She is currently attending the University of Maryland in College Park and her goal is to graduate with a degree geared towards science and an occupation in the medical field. As a writer for the Planetary Science Institute and TREX, she gained a new perspective on research and scientific exploration that played a factor in her decision to move into the science field.

Gabriella Postlethwait was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Edgewood High School. She graduated as a part of the 2019 class. She is a multiple season athlete, singer, and student volunteer. In college, she hopes to major in Criminology, Sociology, or Psychology. She is passionate about soccer and dogs (specifically pit-bulls). One day, she would like to work as a Criminal Profiler in the FBI. She is inspired by the support of her family and friends and the strength of her parents.

Mary Richardson was a student in the International Baccalaureate program and is continually thrilled by the opportunities it has presented to her. She is a part-time journalist for a small, teen-run magazine, and in the past worked for the Chris Van Hollen for Senate finance department. She is passionate about art history, literature, and political science.

Brett Weeks graduated fourth in my class from Edgewood High School and earned a diploma from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He is currently attending the Towson University Honors College as a Biology major, with a full scholarship from the Jess Fisher Science College. He plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon.