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February 18, 2020

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15 with Samantha Fell: "Enjoy every part of your life!"

By Torie Wright

You graduated from Ada in 2010 and from the University of Dayton in 2014. How does it feel to now be a high school and college alum?

It feels great! My dad once told me to “enjoy every part of your life.” I loved high school, had a great college experience, and am now having so much fun living in a big city. I have great memories from all my years of schooling and am looking forward to making even better ones post-graduation!

I understand you’re living in Chicago now. What do you do for a living? Do you like your job?

15 minutes with Lindsay Walden who plans to be the fifth generation working in her family business someday

15 minutes with Lindsay Walden, Ada High School senior. Note this is our first "15 minutes" interview of the school year. Watch for many more.

What’s your class schedule this year?

I’m taking Communications, Chemistry 1, Calculus, office volunteer, Spanish 4, AP English, Physics and I end the day with a study hall.

15 minutes with Hannah Gamble, now in Chicago: “I miss the quiet”

By Torie Wright

Note: The Icon welcomes Torie Wright as a fall intern. She attends OSU-Lima where she is an English major. Torie is a 2011 Ada High School grad and will be contributing several stories to the Icon.

To start things off, tell us the name of your college, what your major is, and what year you are.

I go to VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. I am a flute major here and will go on to be a music teacher. I am currently starting my senior year here.

What was the hardest part about first moving from Ada to Chicago?

15 with Noah Allen: Talking about homeschooling, music and photography

15 Minutes with Noah Allen
Interview by Bailey Bowers
Photos by Noah Allen

Tell us about being homeschooled. What are the best and worst parts about it?

So to clarify about homeschooling in general, the reason I choose to be homeschooled (and the reason my parents gave me the opportunity) is that it gives me the ability to expand my worldview and mind. Why? Because I’m not taught what someone wants me to be taught but I can develop my own ideas about the world - it’s less consuming and more thinking.

15 minutes with Morgan Rouch: "Don't spend your entire life in your own comfort zone"

15 Minutes with Morgan Rouch, 2013 AHS Graduate
By Bailey Bowers

What have you been up to since your graduation from Ada High School?
I am studying pharmacy at Ohio Northern University and run track and cross country here.

What is it about pharmacy and Spanish that you like? What drew you to those areas of study?
I guess I always knew I wanted to do something in the health field, and somehow pharmacy just seemed to be the perfect fit for me. With my brother and sister both studying pharmacy and my mom a nurse, it was always something in the back of my mind.

Jessica Rojas: "Anything with soccer makes me happy"

15 Minutes with Jessica Rojas,
2014 AHS graduate
By Bailey Bowers

You just graduated from Ada High School this May and you’re headed to Ohio State Lima in the fall to major in pre-health. Tell us more about that.
I chose OSU because with the amount of times that I have had the opportunity to visit Lima’s campus, I have been able to see many of the amazing things I could do with the medical program. I plan on living at home for two years and then I will be moving to main campus to finish my program.