STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Stephanie Monson

Posted on 09/07/2018
Stephanie Monson outside Yale University School of Engineering & Applied Science building


As John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” FHC senior Stephanie Monson understands that better than most students her age. This summer, she participated in two prestigious leadership learning opportunities, the Applied Science and Engineering (ASE) session at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) and the Missouri Leadership Seminar.

YYGS is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. As part of the ASE session, Monson learned about the physical sciences and applying scientific principles to real-world applications from various world-renowned professors. She was excited to learn from distinguished professionals with real-life experience, as well as her fellow students who hailed from over 100 different countries. "The combination of diverse cultures and perspectives with groundbreaking science and academics at Yale opened my eyes to a whole new world," shared Monson.

Stephanie Monson with 2 fellow facilitatorsMonson was also selected to serve as a Junior Facilitator at the Missouri Leadership Seminar. She served as part of the leadership team staff, helping student ambassador attendees grow into confident, inspiring leaders. She previously attended MLS as a student ambassador and returned this year to give back and share the experience with a new class of students. "It was an honor to return on staff and help this year's ambassadors discover the true meaning of leadership, diversity, and collaboration,” said Monson.

With student leaders like Stephanie Monson, the future certainly looks bright.

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