Meet the Top Seniors of 2023
The top 10 seniors in the class of 2023 were sent a questionnaire that asked them questions about their high school experiences, and where they plan on taking their next steps. These questions are able to bring out a different side of these incredibly academic and successful students that some may not be able to see.
What is your favorite LHS memory?
Celebrating LHS Culture Day with peers after two years of virtual learning! Hannah Cui
My favorite LHS memory has to be our unofficial Senior Sunrise — nearly thirty of us woke up at 5am on the day of Book Chats in September to go see the sunrise before storming Boulevard Bagels and rushing back to school for the day (involving missed exits and unintentional trips to NYC). Close runner-ups would be our 2023 Spring Break Ireland Trip or all of the Junior State of America conventions I’ve attended. Yena Choe
Messing around with friends as freshmen on JV soccer. Milosz Fecko
Mr. Lew Isaac Jin
My favorite LHS memory is attending DECA conferences in Atlanta, Orlando, and Atlantic City. Alberto Sciuto
Talking with friends at lunch. Jonah Kim
The bad financial decisions we made during the Spain trip. In a lapse of judgment, I bought a sword. Yechan Lee
What is your favorite “saying” from one of your classes at LHS?
“Metella sedet in horto” (take Latin!). Joanne Ji
SoooOoooOooo easy – Mr. Brian Lew Hannah Cui
“It’s Poetry Day!!” –Ms. Millar Yena Choe
My favorite “saying” from Mr. Cullen’s AP United States History is “Where do we draw the line?” Alberto Sciuto
*Someone sneezes…* Sra. Wedlake: “Salud dinero, I don’t wish you beauty cause you have it all! But don’t compete with me!” Milosz Fecko
“L stands for learning” Jonah Kim
“Don’t worry about it” Yechan Lee
To what do you credit your success?
my best friend arvind – Arvind, Joanne Ji
The amazing teachers and faculty members. Hannah Cui
Our welcoming and incredibly supportive school community. Being a student at LHS has made me less afraid to ask for help — and I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without Ms. Wong’s kind responses to my late-night, panic-filled emails during the college application season; Mr. Cullen’s incredible book recommendations (Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell is my favorite); or my friends comforting me that they, too, failed the statistics quiz. Yena Choe
My own effort, though I wouldn’t be here without helpful parents, teachers, and advisors. Milosz Fecko
My ambitious goal is to become a trauma surgeon. Isaac Jin
Organization and good sleep. Jonah Kim
I was motivated by the spite and rivalry I had with my sister. Don’t let human flaws get in your way. Use it to fuel you instead. Yechan Lee
I would have to credit my success to my friends and family and their continued support over the past four years. Without them, I would not be the person and student I am today. Alberto Sciuto
Where are you going next year?
Harvard University. Joanne Ji
Cornell University Hannah Cui
Next year, I will be attending Princeton University as a prospective Politics major! Yena Choe
Purdue University Milosz Fecko
Tufts University Jonah Kim
I am going to Princeton University to major in economics. Alberto Sciuto
Brown University Isaac Jin
Princeton University Yechan Lee
What are you looking forward to the most in college?
Clinical internships—Massachusetts hosts some of the most esteemed hubs of psychiatric innovation in the country. Joanne Ji
Further exploring my major and adjusting to a new lifestyle. Milosz Fecko
Studying abroad Jonah Kim
Meeting new people and learning more about this blue trap bubble we call Earth. Yechan Lee
Restarting my life to make new friends. Isaac Jin
What do you think you’ll miss the most about high school?
Seeing my friends every day and taking long walks in between periods Hannah Cui
I’m going to miss the little moments. From Chick-Fil-A and Snack Stop runs during lunch and squeezing in a quick “hi” to my friends in the crowded hallways, to the chaotic school dances and hour-long conversations about anything and everything during “independent work” time, I’m leaving high school with some of the best memories and some of my best friends. Yena Choe
Taking classes with amazing friends I’ve known forever. Milosz Fecko
Friends Jonah Kim
My teachers Yechan Lee
My friends, teachers, and, of course, Mr. Lew Isaac Jin
I will miss the daily interactions with my friends whether it be frantically studying for math minutes before the test or going out to lunch. The memories that may seem insignificant at the time have multiplied and became my fondest over the past four years. Alberto Sciuto
What advice do you leave for the rising seniors (class of 2024)?
Please don’t procrastinate (still a work in progress). Joanne Ji
Have fun in senior year – it passes by very quickly! Hannah Cui
I can’t emphasize this more: do not leave your college applications to the last minute! Yena Choe
Treasure not your grades, but rather the memories you make! Milosz Fecko
Don’t forget to have fun Jonah Kim
Stop giving up so fast over the most trivial setbacks. Yechan Lee
Take Mr. Lew’s class; work hard, play harder. Isaac Jin
Relax, everything will work out in the end. It will be easy to lose sight of this fact in the first half of your senior year, as it will be one of, if not the most stressful time in your life. However, I can say from personal experience and the experiences of my friends that it will all work out in the end and come the end of the school year, you don’t want to sacrifice too much of your senior year activities. Alberto Sciuto
It is bittersweet to see all of Leonia’s wonderful seniors leaving, but we wish all of them a successful journey into the world as they step into the next chapter of their lives on their own. We can cherish the memories we have with them and create new memories with the people still here with us. Congratulations to all of the seniors in the class of 2023 for making it this far.