The Knox School is proud to congratulate Hailey Schwartz, ‘17, on her early decision acceptance to Cornell University. Hailey has been a student at Knox since 2014, when she came to us as a Sophomore. Hailey is a successful AP student and an avid rower on the Crew Team, working her way up to Co-Captain this year. During the 2015-2016 school year, Hailey was inducted into the National Honor Society and was quickly promoted to President after displaying the leadership skills necessary to drive the society. This year, she created and lead a Senior Sibling Program, helping new students by matching them to a returning student for an easier transition to their new school, and was the lead on a fundraising event to help raise money and collect toys and gifts for the children at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. Through her leadership, the National Honor Society raised $1,800 and managed to buy over 150 gifts, one for each child who is currently staying in the hospital and extras for those who receive outpatient treatment at Cohen’s. Hailey is also this year’s Academic Representative, working directly with our Assistant Head of School, Virginia Riccardi, to speak for our students and to our students about the importance of academics at Knox, and drive the academic mission of the school.
Hailey’s acceptance to Cornell’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) came at 5:00 pm on December 8th, and less than 24 hours later she was submitting her deposit! She will study Environmental and Sustainability Science and her overall goal is to be a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. This has been a dream of Hailey’s for years, but her real love for medicine came after she completed a summer program in Ghana, where she was able to work with doctors and assist in medical procedures, including the delivery of infants and the medical treatment of both the mothers and children after labor. It was then that Hailey knew she was meant for the field of medicine and that she could bring so much more to society with her hard work and dedication. This past summer, she completed over 150 hours of an internship with an Ob-Gyn at Northwell Health Southside Hospital. In the words of Dr. Ben Schwartz, her supervisor at the Hospital and no family relation, she “was always an extremely engaging and reliable participant. She worked well with our team and demonstrated a level of maturity that far exceeded our expectations of a high school senior.” Hailey’s acceptance to Cornell University, an Ivy League College in Ithaca, New York, is only one of many accomplishments that she undoubtedly has in her future and it has been both an honor and a privilege for The Knox School to be a part of her journey.