As a send-off for their peers in the Writing Center, students in the Honors Composition class composed Senior Tributes for each of the graduating Writing Fellows. The tributes feature the seniors’ favorite Writing Center memories as well as their advice for new Writing Fellows in the Upper School. The tributes were originally featured on the Writing Center’s Instagram account (@episcopalbrwc), but we thought you’d enjoy seeing them here.
College Choice: Birmingham-Southern College
Prospective Major: Biology
Estelle Crawford has been consistently engaged as a writing fellow since her sophomore year and valued her time on the staff. A natural peer tutor, Estelle especially enjoyed helping the 7th graders this year and becoming more aware of the growth that happens in writers from middle to high school. She enjoyed talking with younger students about research papers too, both by making presentations in classes and by offering hands-on assistance. Also involved with cheerleading and E-STAAR outside of her classes, she always had a professional attitude about balancing her commitments.
For her senior year, Estelle served as one of the Social Media Chairs focused on promoting special events and shaping students’ understandings of the Writing Center. During her junior year, Estelle served as a Student Coordinator and helped with organizing the online appointment system. Her favorite memories of the WC are the times she spent chatting or studying with friends on the always-popular couch. For tutors who are new to the program, she advises, “Embrace being able to help people. You’d be surprised how many times what you say sticks with them every time they write a paper.” We will miss Estelle in the Writing Center next year, but we wish her the best at Birmingham Southern!
- Mrs. Julia Spaht
College: American University
Prospective Major: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government
Harrison Ferachi is more commonly known as the "head honcho" in the Writing Center. He is always around, ready and willing to help. In his three years as a writing fellow, he has helped students of all ages with "research and literature analysis-esque assignments." Harrison is a supportive friend to all. In one of his most memorable sessions, he helped a student who was extremely nervous to share her writing. Harrison realized how good the writing was and made sure that the student knew this.
In addition to his work tutoring, Harrison spearheaded the campaign to create Under the Oak and has continued to organize these events each year. He also hosted Waffle Workshops (including the Journaling Workshop this spring) and helped communicate with middle school students and classes that partner with the Writing Center.
As Harrison moves on to college, he wants new writing fellows to remember that they are students first and that they will learn as much from the process as their tutees will. Harrison will surely be remembered as a "leader and participant involved in promoting the Writing Center as a place where all types of writers are welcome and a useful service for students and teachers alike." Harrison is invaluable to the Writing Center, and we will sorely miss him next year.
- Hallie Sternberg