Valedictorian Tessa Newman to Continue Her Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame

An exceptional scholar, senior class valedictorian Tessa Newman is planning to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall, where she’ll study business analytics. Throughout her four years at Lake, she’s been involved in a variety of activities – from the performing arts to athletics to student council. While there’s no doubt she’s made her mark on Lake Catholic, here’s how the school has left its mark on her life:
An exceptional scholar, senior class valedictorian Tessa Newman is planning to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall, where she’ll study business analytics. Throughout her four years at Lake, she’s been involved in a variety of activities – from the performing arts to athletics to student council. While there’s no doubt she’s made her mark on Lake Catholic, here’s how the school has left its mark on her life:

Why did you choose the University of Notre Dame?
It’s a funny story, actually. We were visiting Chicago and thought “let’s just visit.” I wound up falling in love with the campus and atmosphere. It was unlike any other school I had been to.
My mother really helped guide me when I was faced with a lot of indecision over where to go. She kept me grounded. I have to thank both of my parents for that!

How has Lake influenced you over the years?
I’ve had so many great teachers; they’ve all been such a positive influence. I really appreciate that Mr. Posey encouraged me to get involved in the performing arts. Up until my junior year, I had never done a school play. But I auditioned and it really helped me come out of my shell. I think, overall, being involved in the plays at Lake has helped me become a much more outgoing person.

How did you balance activities with academics?
Lake Catholic helped me gain really strong time management skills. With study hall every day, I learned to get my work and test prep done ahead of time so that I had my afternoons free for activities and tennis or lacrosse practice. I learned early on that when you have free time, you have to get the work done. You cannot procrastinate.

What’s your advice to an incoming freshman?
It will be as fun as you make it. If you get involved and go beyond your comfort zone, you will have a very fulfilling experience.

What is your best Lake Catholic memory?
It’s not an event or activity; it’s the feeling of family. That will always stay with me. This year especially, I loved coming to school every day. I didn’t dread doing homework. You just know that you’re working with teachers who really care about you, and you’re connecting with other students through so many experiences. It stays with you.
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