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 Alumni Spotlight: Auburn High School Grad Frey Lemonholm

11/19/2019 12:00 PM

Frey Lemonholm graduated from Auburn High School in 2017. He attends Pomona College in California.

What's your favorite memory about attending school in RPS 205?
I loved being a co-captain of the Auburn cross country team. Cross country teams are special in that the players subject themselves to constant pain, and success is only achieved by amplifying this pain to nigh unbearable extents. So it attracts an eclectic bunch. During my freshman year, the team had a super fun and cohesive vibe, but we kind of lost it until my senior year when we had a massive freshman team. For many of them, it was their first time running, so they really stunk at the start – which is normal. Seeing their improvement and getting whipped by them during regionals was an absolute dream. My co-captain, Harry, and I tried to keep it fun, goofy and fresh. The freshmen and I have kept in touch with the rest throughout the past three years, so I can say that they have definitely maintained that energy and kicked butt doing it. 

How has your time in Rockford Public Schools contributed to your success – whether in your career or life?
Now that I am attending a college where a large portion of the student body attended preparatory schools, it amazes me how well the gifted program prepared me with so few resources. The teachers truly gave more than was expected. I want to give a shoutout to Dr. Hays, Dr. Pratt, Ms. Mott, Mr. Ott, Mr. McCoy, Ms. Salivar and Mr. Rauh. These teachers truly knew how to teach, and it would be a shame to see their guidance go unappreciated. 

Is there anything else you want to say about your time in RPS 205? Advice for seniors? A teacher, coach or mentor you want to thank?
I would personally like to thank John Rauh. His senior seminar in particular was instrumental in my own academic development. He really opened my eyes to philosophy and critical thought in a way that prepared me for high level philosophy classes at a prestigious liberal arts college, a feat that few high school teachers can claim. It's the class that I still think about and that keeps pushing me toward a career in academia. I don't think that the idea of staying in school for my career would have appealed to me at all without his class, but now it's a temptation that is hard to resist.

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Frey Lemonholm in the province of Asturias, Spain.
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