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Meet Jonathan!

Our very own virtuoso!

Name: Jonathan 

Age: 17

Grade: 12th

Hometown: Hamden CT (Day student)

Dream job: Anything music related.

How did you hear about Cheshire Academy?

I used to attend Foote School, so when it was time to leave, I looked at other private schools in the area.

What are some of your extracurricular activities?

Football, Boyscouts, CATS, Theater, Piano

What class or extracurricular activity means the most to you?

Piano is a passion of mine—if it’s not a profession down the line, it will always be a hobby.

What are a few words you would use to describe Cheshire Academy?

Cheshire Academy is a diverse yet traditional place.  Everyone is friendly here, which creates a comfortable atmosphere.

What are the people like at Cheshire Academy? Students? Faculty?

The students are very intelligent, and there is always someone you can connect with—whether they are from Connecticut or another country.

How would you describe your classes? What is your favorite class? Does any specific project or lesson stand out in your mind?

I love the IB Diploma program, particularly History and English, as well as my AP Music class. They encourage higher-level learning, and we go so much deeper into the material than the textbook. We ask the “so what now?” types of questions.

Music class has made me realize the intricacies more—I can analyze the music and understand the technicalities and emotions, which is exciting.

How have you grown most as a person during your time here?

The transition to high school was really life changing. I was able to learn from people from all different walks of life. Cheshire Academy allows us to express ourselves—and offers us a lot of opportunities to grow in our talents.

How do you usually spend your weekends at Cheshire Academy? What's a favorite event you attended?

On weekends I try to catch up on sleep!

What is one of your favorite memories from CA so far?

The Simosa Field dedication was really sticks out in my mind. It was this big, grandiose ceremony, and it felt like the entire Cheshire community got together and really understood the legacy of Armando and his family*.

*you can read about Simosa Field and the legacy of Armando Simosa '08 in our fall magazine.

What has surprised you most about being a student at CA?

I was surprised at how social the school is—we have dances with other schools and have sports’ practice them, too. We always remember that we’re part of the larger community.

What advice would you give prospective students about coming to CA?

There is so much opportunity at Cheshire Academy. The classes are dictated by student interest—the teachers try to accommodate whatever you want to pursue. Cheshire Academy will prepare you—this is a college preparatory school, and it lives up to that name.

From piano to vocals, Jonathan delivers a breathtaking performance

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