A graduating senior at John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana, Willow Crisovan is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, president of the Spanish Club, and is a member of the John Adams Track & Cross Country Teams. Unlike most of Willow’s peers, she did not have a traditional high school experience. Interested in global affairs yet skeptical regarding her chances, Willow applied for a student exchange opportunity offered by the Rotary Youth Exchange. Shortly thereafter, Willow learned that she had been selected to study in Chile for a year. As a rising high school sophomore, Willow was conflicted. She would be away from her close-knit family for a year, would “lose” an academic IB year, and would be immersed in a culture unlike her own. Using her fear to propel her forward, Willow accepted the opportunity to study abroad.
Academically and culturally, Willow returned with a renewed value of education and opportunities. As such, Willow participated in South Bend Code School as a partipant and later as a mentee for younger coders; was a scholarship recipient for the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Scholars program; selected to serve as an apprentice for the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, and also served as the Programming Committee Chair for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations in New York. Concluding her senior year, Willow was a finalist for Questbridge and the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Willow is also the Gold Key Winner for the Scholastic Art Awards. The Gold Key is the highest level of achievement on the regional level.
Next year, Willow will pursue civil engineering with a minor in visual arts at Purdue University – West Lafayette.
She aspires to work in infrastructure design around the world.