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Alumni Spotlight



Sylvia Lacher
8th Grade Class of 2014


I just finished my sophomore year at Denver South High School, which is also an international school. There are students from around the world, speaking many languages. It reminds me a lot of ISD, which I attended from age 3 through 8th grade. I was in French immersion through 5th grade, and then switched to [novice level] Chinese in middle school. In high school, I have taken only AP and honors classes, including AP French and Level 4 Honors Chinese this year. I have taken two math classes each year of high school including pre-calculus and AP statistics this year.

ISD definitely gave me the love of learning. I spend a lot of my time studying and doing homework when I am not in school. I love my teachers and the subjects I am studying.

I also play girls' varsity tennis and I was also the manager for the boys' tennis team this fall. I also participate in the Model United Nations Club, and my experience at ISD has helped me in the problem-solving and diplomacy aspects of this activity.

ISD motivated me a lot to be a good student and to have an open mind. The IB characteristics in middle school really gave me something to aspire to. ISD has made me studious and balanced by encouraging me to pursue ventures in different subjects and activities. My appreciation for other cultures and places stems from the multi-culturalism of ISD. The support of the teachers has helped me to be confident in who I am and my beliefs while learning to accept and appreciate other people with different ideas and opinions.

My IB MYP experience, as well as the immersion education I had, definitely has led to my interest in expanding my horizons and wanting to study abroad. I plan to continue my study of French and Chinese and I'd also like to learn another language--maybe German or Spanish. This year we also hosted a Chinese exchange student, and I traveled with her to China at the end of the school year.

I would like to attend college abroad as well. My overall plan for the future is to have a positive impact on the world in some way, shape, or form.

Ed. Note: This year, Sylvia is spending a year studying abroad in Germany in the Congress-Budestag Youth Exchange Program.