College Panel Forum

Students in Grades 10-12: Wednesday, January 27  |  10:00 a.m.  |  Break/Forum Link
Parents: Wednesday, January 27  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Virtual

Grades 10-12 are invited to attend the College Panel Forum on Wednesday, January 27. Listen and learn about the college application process and college life from York alumni. This panel will be available to York Parents virtually in the evening. A link will be sent via email.
Panel members include:

Maris Welch ‘18
Maris Welch is a rising junior in the Dual BA program between Columbia University and Sciences Po, where she studies Politics & Government and Sustainable Development. Her interest in international studies began in 2015, when she spent a year abroad in Strasbourg, France. She later discovered her dedication to environmental conservation, and immersed herself in climate advocacy work with Sciences Po Environnement in her first two years of college. Currently, she is taking a gap year and working as a research assistant with the Sabin Center for Climate Law Research. Maris aspires to pursue a career in environmental law or policy analysis. When she isn’t busy studying, she loves to rock climb, go backpacking, and bake. 

Aaron Ray ‘15
Aaron Ray graduated from York in 2015 where he helped start York’s FIRST robotics team and played lacrosse. He had the opportunity to intern at the Naval Postgraduate school as a high school student. After York, Aaron studied computer engineering at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. At Brown, Aaron was a member of the Formula Racecar team and spent summers interning at NASA JPL, MBARI and Kitty Hawk. Aaron is currently a Ph.D student at MIT studying Robotics and advising the MIT driverless racing team.

Jordan Goodwin ‘20
Jordan Goodwin is a first year student at the University of Chicago. When looking for a college, she decided she wanted a college with a strong core curriculum in a big city, which led her to UChicago. She is currently undecided in her major, although she is considering a double major with Math and a humanities subject (maybe English, Philosophy, or Gender Studies). She is currently taking a first year humanities seminar, a political theory course, a calculus class for math majors, and introductory Italian. She is involved in the Society of Women in Math, the Institute of Politics, the Southside Free Music Program, and Midwave Radio. 

Eric Mora ‘09
Eric Mora was born in Salinas, CA and is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), where he specializes in Monitoring, Evaluation and Design. Prior to enrolling at MIIS, Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and worked for several nonprofit organizations in marketing, development and community engagement roles. Passionate about the arts, LGBTQ+ issues, and community building, Eric serves on the board of directors of Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations and the Arts Council for Monterey County. 

Geri Pirkle ‘16
Geri Pirkle graduated from York in 2016 where she helped launch the inaugural Women's Lacrosse Team as a freshman and was involved with many sports, clubs, and her local chapter of the National Charity League. She started out studying kinesiology at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and later switched to Experience Industry Management (EIM), double concentrating in Sport & Outdoor Recreation Management and Special Event Management. She continued playing lacrosse and volunteering throughout college and had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia during her third year. She graduated this past December with her B.S. in EIM and minors in Psychology and Sustainable Environments. She is currently living in SLO, working a few part-time jobs while getting her online TEFL certification and waiting for international borders to re-open. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, painting, and kickboxing.
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