May 5

Student Spotlight – Emily McDonnell ’17

Loves About Brebeuf

I know it is said all the time, but what makes Brebeuf so special is the connections students are able to make with teachers. Being able to talk and joke around with them whenever I want to makes their class more enjoyable, and therefore, I learn more. 

Favorite Class

I can’t choose one, so I’ll choose four: Precalculus/AP Calculus A with Mr. Elliott, AP Physics 1 with Mr. Rott, AP Government with Mr. Kantz, and Religion and Science with Mr. King. I already had a love for math and science, but Mr. Elliott and Mr. Rott made class so enjoyable with their enthusiasm and humor. I did not expect to enjoy government, but Mr. Kantz makes the class very interesting and I am beginning to appreciate and understand politics more. Our discussions in Religion and Science on almost anything from the Big Bang theory to space were amazing and I broadened my understanding of science to a more theoretical way of looking at things.

Future Plans

I will be attending Purdue University to study engineering and plan on joining an orchestra and the Women in Engineering Club.

Teams & Co-Curriculars

Indianapolis Youth Chorale
Math Club
National Honor Society (NHS)
Admissions Ambassador

Random Facts

My happy place is Eagle Creek and I go there to hike or hammock anytime I get, even during the school day at times. 

I love traveling and have been various places in Europe and a couple of national parks. My favorites have been Switzerland, the fjords of Norway, and Zion National Park.

What has been your favorite Brebeuf experience or most memorable moment so far?

Going on, and then leading Kairos has been my favorite experience during high school. While the other retreats are great, Kairos really takes it to a whole new level and pushes you to grow as a person and in all of your relationships, while making lasting friendships at the same time. It was especially memorable to lead Kairos 100, MAW’s (Mary Ann Wallace) last Kairos, and to witness the end of an amazing tenure.

As a senior, what advice do you have for all the new Braves in the Class of 2021?

To really enjoy every moment of high school, even freshman year, because it flies by faster than you can imagine.

How did you get into hammocking?  

Many people bring hammocks to regattas and I initially saw them there and wanted to get one. As I started going to Eagle Creek outside of practice, I realized that it is a great place to hammock and now keep it in my car for impromptu trips. I am also definitely bringing it with me to college to hammock on the quad on nice days.