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Global Networking Night - January 2019


On January 9th, local Harvard students, alumni, and their guests gathered at CafHollander restaurants in both Madison and Milwaukee for Global Networking Night. This year's event in Madison brought together Nick Young, Harvard College class of 2023, and Harold Burstyn, Harvard College class of 1951. A 72-year difference in class years!







Congratulations to Wisconsin Students Admitted to Harvard

Four Wisconsin high school seniors (of 78 applying) have been admitted to the Harvard College Class of 2023. They are:

          Suhaas Bhat, Marshfield HS
  in national Ocean and Science Bowls, and an Eagle Scout.

HCW member interviewer: Parker Waller 

          Joanna Boyland, Eastbrook Academy, Milwaukee
           ...cellist, active in international mathematics camps, and Junior Classics League. 
Daughter of Joyce Tang Boyland ’86.

HCW member interviewerJan Gauthier

          Erick Torres-Gonzalez, Ronald Reagan College Prep, Milwaukee 
            ...senior class president
long-distance runner, active in social justice organizations, interested in pediatric neurology.

HCW member interviewer: Paul Secunda

          Nick Young, Eau Claire Memorial HS
          ...YouTube video producer, musician (French horn), Osage Tribe dancer.

HCW member interviewer: Dr. David Hirsch


Students applying for regular admission will be notified around April 1.




A Beautiful Day for the New Student Send-Off Picnic

On Sunday, August 12 new and current students, their families, Wisconsin alumni interviewers, and Harvard Club of Wisconsin board members gathered at Lapham Peak State Park. Eight of the ten newly admitted students were able to attend. The picnic provided a chance for them to meet each other as well as other members of the Wisconsin Harvard community. What a wonderful group of young people! We wish all a wonderful 1st-year experience!





Congratulations to Wisconsin Students Admitted to Harvard

We are proud to announce that thirteen of 332 applicants were admitted to Harvard. Six early and seven in the regular cycle. The students are named below with their alumni interviewer named in parenthesis.

Rachel Ababio from Plattville 
...violin, forensics, drama, social justice,
 family from West Africa (George Vernon)
Eva Marie Ballew from Union Grove
...assistant elementary school teacher, 
Potawatomi tribe (Jan Smokowicz)
Mark Bechtold from Brookfield Academy,
...national office in Junior Classic League (John Griner)

Charles Hua from Madison West 
...a budding environmental engineer (Christopher Murdoch)

Ryan Linnihan from Brookfield Central
...nationally ranked swimmer (Cambridge)
Jenarie Lorman from Waukesha South
...mathematics and environmental issues (Veronica Flood)
Faith Lundt from Clintonville
...metallurgical lab technician (Mark Jenike)
Ximena Morales from Badger HS, Lake Geneva (marketing), astronomy, social justice (Tamara Ketabagian)
Quryshi from University School Milwaukee
...a published biotechnology researcher, captain of the tennis team and concertmaster (Dick Seesel)
Julian Rhee from Brookfield East
...nationally recognized violin virtuoso and class president (Margaret Courtright)
Elijah Schimelpfenig from Sun Prairie ace, and chess champion (Parker Waller)
Sophia Sun from Brookfield Central
...national math competition winner, research scientist, intergenerational orchestra, golf (Sarah Carter)
Eleanor Taylor from Middleton
...musician, Gay-Straight Alliance leader (Brian Baldo)



Hollywood Director Damien Chazelle coming to Madison!

     On February 23, 2018, the Cinematheque at UW-Madison will welcome movie director, screenwriter, producer, Damien Chazelle. He will present a rare 35mm print of the musical that earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Director, 2016’La La Land. Learn more about Chazelle’s visit and the film series here—          

     Chazelle studied filmmaking in the Visual and Environmental Studies department at Harvard University and graduated in 2007. He received several top honors for his musical La La Land, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Director, making Chazelle the youngest director to win both awards.

Cinematheque—4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison

The Cinematheque represents UW-Madison academic departments and student film groups and is dedicated to showcasing the best in international cinema history and fine films. See more here:

Colson Whitehead ‘91 at UWM Student Union 
Wednesday, January 31,
2018 at 7:00 pm

     Boswell and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, present an evening with Colson Whitehead ‘91, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad.
     Tickets to the general public are $19 and include admission to the event, all taxes and ticket fees, and a signed paperback edition of The Underground Railroad. Tickets are available at or you can order by phone at 800-838-3006.
About the author: 
Colson Whitehead  (Harvard ’91) is also the author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the
Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. A recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Early Applicants from Wisconsin to join Class of 2022

Wisconsin had a strong year with six of fifty-six applicants receiving early admissions to Harvard.

In the Class of 2022 are (with their alumni interviewer named in parenthesis):
Charles Hua, Madison West, a budding environmental engineer (Christopher Murdoch)
Ryan Linnihan, Brookfield Central, a nationally ranked swimmer (Cambridge)
Quryshi, University School Milwaukee, a published biotechnology researcher, captain of the tennis team and concertmaster (Dick Seesel)
Julian Rhee, Brookfield East, nationally recognized violin virtuoso and class president
(Margaret Courtright)
Elijah Schimelpfenig, Sun Prairie HS, tennis 

and chess champion (Parker Waller)
Sophia Sun, Brookfield Central, national math competition winner, research scientist, intergenerational orchestra, golf (Sarah Carter)

Thanks to our admissions staff officer Rachel Orol for her hard work. We anticipate around 320 applications from Wisconsin this year, with the deadline January 1 and regular admissions announced in April 2018.

Ace Crime Scene Investigator from Madison, Dan Roman Retiring

Dan Roman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1977, with a degree in romance language and literature. He came to Madison to continue his studies – with a focus on medieval Spanish literature but ended up with a career in the Police Department. 

Read the full story from The Capital Times, Madison.

Introducing the Harvard Students from Wisconsin—Class of 2021
Congratulations and Welcome to Harvard College!

From 315 applicants Harvard College admitted twelve Wisconsin students to the Class of 2021.

They are:

  • Katherine Cao, Homestead HS, Mequon
  • Alvaro Cifuentes Monzon, Monroe HS
  • Hannah Fontaine, Oconto Falls HS
  • Manny Garrison-Hooks, West Bend HS
  • Colin Gray-Hoehn, Brookfield East HS
  • Emma Li, Platteville HS
  • Malaika Maka, Middleton HS
  • Nkazi Nchinda-Pungong, Oak Creek HS
  • Benie Neree-Thompson, DePere HS
  • William Wegner, Kimberly HS
  • Erin Wright, Catholic Memorial HS, Waukesha
  • Samuel Zwickel, McDonell Central Catholic HS, Chippewa Falls

63 Harvard College alumni personally interviewed most of the applicants.


There were 298 applicants.  

They are:

  • Ty Pelton- Byce, Madison Memorial HS, a hockey standout 
  • Jacob Coran, University School of Milwaukee, state championship-tennis       
  • Matthew Kind, Logan HS, LaCrosse, cornerback who led the state in interceptions
  • Adil Bhatia, Brookfield Academy, a mock trial standout
  • Brennan Gregg, Whitefish Bay HS, state ranked in tennis and a cello player
  • Kayla Lentz, Plymouth Comprehensive, heading for a career in pediatric oncology
  • Riya Sood, University School of Milwaukee, a state champion tennis player and MYSO violist
  • Dahlia Tesfamichael, Divine Savior Holy Angels, a state forensics poetry winner whose parents came from Eritrea, Africa
  • Lizzie Tong, Nicolet HS, Glendale, computer science and robotics
  • Amanda Zhang, Madison West HS, a writer passionate about social justice
  • Daniel Park, Franklin HS
  • MacKinley FitzPatrick, Lakeland Union HS, Rhinelander, a cross-country skier competing internationally
  • Teddy Liu, Waunakee HS, a Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra trumpet player
  • Henry Lynch, Wauwatosa East HS, an accomplished actor
  • Julia Engleberg, Southern Door County HS, raised a grand champion steer, set school records in track and wants to learn Arabic