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(photo by Hannah O'Koon)

(photo by Hannah O’Koon)

By Hannah O’Koon, Beacon

Hey! I’m Hannah and I’m a sophomore at Beacon Academy in Evanston. Beacon is a Montessori-based high school located right near Northwestern’s main campus. Founded in 2014, I am part of the founding class, and my class will be the first class to graduate in the school’s history! We started out with only a freshman class and a few sophomores, and every year we are growing! It’s amazing to see something grow and develop that I have helped to build.

I’m really excited to join Insider to discuss and share my interests with others. I’m the oldest child of three and we recently adopted a puppy! She’s adorable and one of my favorite things to do is play with her. In school, I’m very active in Model UN, yearbook and social services club. I play squash, and I am a founding member of my school’s team. I have also played volleyball for the past few years, and I hope to play on my school’s tennis team next fall. I am passionate about history, politics and social activism, and I am involved in projects both in and out of school that are centered on social justice.

By participating in Insider, I hope to learn more from others as I write about these interests. Debating and discussing the 2016 presidential elections is something I’m really passionate about, and I’m excited to share some of what I’ve learned. I also love travel, photography and just hanging out with my friends. Outside of school, I am very active in multiple programs and youth groups that are focused on my interests in social justice and history. My favorite thing is…my puppy! You’ll find me writing about politics and the 2016 presidential election, and what’s going on inside Beacon Academy. I’m super excited to get started!

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