Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness: One dyslexic girl’s journey from kindergarten to the university of her dreams

      Summertime in Germany. A young girl hikes up the road in a small Bavarian village with her grandmother and grandfather to visit the local farmer. The girl listens to her grandmother chuckling over small talk with the farmer as he pours milk into her pail. It is a charming, joyful slice of life most people may never experience, but Lewis student Stephanie Rahtz spent her childhood summers this way. Over a decade later, she is preparing to attend American University in Washington, DC. She knows more about the world, and herself, than she ever imagined.

      Upper School student Stephanie Rahtz is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, and has attended The Lewis School since kindergarten. Before finding Lewis, she was having trouble following directions and staying on target. “I was reversing b and d when I began to write, but I fixed that here,” said Stephanie. Now in her final year as a Lewis School student, Stephanie identifies as a poet and a writer. She realizes that perhaps her ear for poetry “could actually be a product of [her] dyslexia.”

Stephanie Rahtz - The Lewis School       Stephanie began the process of applying to college by taking an ACT prep course followed by completing the test at Lewis with a proctor. “The familiarity of the test format made it less stressful and it helped that I was in a familiar classroom alone while taking the test,” Stephanie recalled. She then continued through the college application process with her heart and mind set on American University. “Lewis was beside me throughout the application process,” said Stephanie, “from the initial interview to the submission of the application.”

      The education at Lewis was what was the most helpful to Stephanie: comprehension, analysis, and sequencing. They all came together and, with the diminished anxiety that comes with understanding and comfort, Stephanie succeeded. She is also grateful for the supportive, nurturing environment at Lewis. “It has given me the foundation to build who I am,” she said.

      Stephanie’s work at Lewis is not yet complete. Her goal for her final year is to use her strong verbal vocabulary in her written work. “I love big words,” she said with a smile, “I am working on using them effectively in my writing.” Stephanie has spent her formative years in a school filled with students who learn differently. She now has her sights set on an even larger goal as she embarks upon the new chapter in her life: “to become comfortable in the world of non-dyslexic students.”

      Stephanie offers advice to students beginning to think about college: “stay true to your voice, but listen to guidance and to your teachers. And do you work!” As for advice to herself as she prepares for this exciting new path? Quite simply: “Keep going.”

      Stephanie will major in Area Studies with a focus on German language, culture and politics. Her goal for her future beyond college is to use her voice in the European Union. When reflecting on why she would be an asset in international politics, Stephanie explains, “I am an insider and an outsider in both of my countries. I understand each culture from the perspective of the other. This is who I am, and I love this about myself.”

      The young girl gleefully listening to her grandmother on those warm mornings in Germany will now actively use her voice to inspire, inform and unify through her work both in America and abroad.

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Lewis Class of 2018 Earns $1.6 million in Merit Scholarship

Lewis Class of 2018 Earns $1.6 million in Merit Scholarship

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We are proud to report that the 2018 college-bound students have earned Merit Scholarship Awards totaling $1.6 million! In her poignant comment, senior Alison Gause reminds us of the first – and likely the most difficult – step on the journey toward independence: “Lewis allowed me to embrace my learning difference – and to accept them, too.” And along that journey, post-graduate AJ DeMarco reminds us to continue to “have faith in what you’re passionate about.” This year, our senior and post-graduate students were accepted to the following universities:

Appalachian State University
Bucks County Community College
Colby College
Drexel University
Elon University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Georgian Court University
Manhattanville College
Marymount College
Mitchell College
NJ Institute of Technology
Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute
Rider University

Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers School of Arts and Science
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Service
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
The College of New Jersey
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Southern New Hampshire

As these students are about to embark on their college journey, we hope they bring with them these words from Marsha Gaynor Lewis, Head of School: “Choose to follow the dream you have dreamed forever, think of new possibilities along the way, and with every step you take and every choice you make, build a wonderful, worthwhile life that is a stunning reflection of the best you can be.” Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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