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Congratulations to our 2023 Junior Fellows!

Ben Bosch, Connor Cochrane, Angie Medrano, and Hannah Roell
Started in 2017, the Marin Catholic Junior Fellowship Program is an opportunity offered to all students in the spring of their Junior year. The program challenges students to propose, design, and implement a self-directed learning experience to complete over the summer.  Applications are submitted in April and then reviewed by the Junior Fellowship panel. The panel chooses four students to complete their projects. Once chosen, these fellows are not only tasked with completing their research and projects, but they are required to attend a number of workshops, work directly with the Director of the Junior Fellowship program, and log 50+hours of work. In September, Junior Fellows present their projects to the Junior Fellowship panel, family, friends, and MC faculty. Upon successful completion of their projects, Fellows are awarded a $400 stipend and recognition at the Fall Honors Assembly, Senior Honors Assembly, and Graduation.

To learn more about the 2023 individual projects, see below.

Ben Bosch - Exploring Similarities and Differences Among Chess Cultures
Ben Bosch spent the summer visiting and playing chess with different chess groups across California. He interviewed members at each of these clubs and analyzed each experience to make a conclusion about the culture behind the game of chess.

Connor Cochrane - Declining Chaparral Birds in Marin
Connor Cochrane spent his summer surveying three regions in Marin county to study the chaparral bird community, most notably the California Thrasher, Bell’s Sparrow, and Black-Chinned Sparrow. While none of these birds were detected, he was able to present his reasons for their decline in a formal observation paper.

Angie Medrano - Impact on the Screen
Angie Medrano wanted to know if it was possible to produce a film on a tight budget. Spending just $60, she filmed and produced her first documentary, An Immigrant’s Tale.

Hannah Roell - My Family's Stories
Hannah Roell spent the summer interviewing her large extended family to capture some of the best family stories. After her interviews, she compiled these stories in a living document to keep those stories and memories alive and to share with her family.

In Recognition of our Past Junior Fellows

2022: Catalina Clark, Sarah Naser, Will Shehan, and Walker Waite
Jacob Chador, Caitlyn Holmstrom, Preston Lee, and Katie Page
2020: Inez Gallant, Jahnavi Muppirala, and Madison Waite
2019: Quinn Duggan, Madison Kessler, Julia Maushardt, Julia Walker
2018: Marisa Davidson, Sophia Doerschlag, Grace Garcia, Sara Kennedy, Joey Press, Maria Tassone
2017: Alexa Barnes, Josh Beckman, Tess Polizzotti, Sara Lange