Upper School | Gr. 9-12
The Van Eney '09 Fellows Program

Class of 2020 Fellows Videos

Growing From Tradition

With the COVID-19 shutdown, our class of 2020 fellows faced unique challenges at the end of the school year. They made smart adjustments to their projects and created new ways to share their work with our community. For the first time, our fellows created short videos to highlight their process, findings, and overall experience in the program. As our students' interests develop and the world around us changes, the adaptability of our fellows is a testament to the continued strength of the program. 

Pets and Vets

Brooke Arnold '20

“Pets and Vets: A Look Inside the World of Veterinary Science” is a project that focuses on what it is like to be a veterinarian. For this project, I interned at a local veterinary hospital and kept a website to document my time. On that website, I kept a background research page for veterinary diseases, technologies and procedures that I had come in contact with, an illustrations page to upload original anatomical drawings, and a blog to record my experiences at the clinic.

Intro to Personal Finance

Teddy Cromwell '20

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year I have been a part of the Van Eney '09 Fellows Program. With the resources provided to me by the Severn School and my Advisors, Messrs. Bodly, Brunk, and Meyer, I have created a course to educate high school students about personal finance. This course will educate students in many topics that may interest them or that they find necessary from loans to equity investments. With a multimedia approach this course is intended to engage and improve students' skills.

Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Maddi Meyer '20 and Solana Page '20

For our Fellows Project we decided to take on a zero-waste lifestyle and then write about the products that are needed in order to have a successful journey. We spent a lot of time on our project over the summer carpooling from grocery store to grocery store trying to find the most environmentally friendly one. It was important that it also sold good zero-waste products such as reusable snack bags, wool dryer balls, cellulose sponges, bamboo scrub brushes, and more. Living the lifestyle was something very different for us, and writing the book came naturally. We hope you all enjoy the hard work that we put in.

J&A Chemistry

Jaden Queen '20 and Alex Lashgari '20

J&A Chemistry is a YouTube Channel created to help teach and tutor high school students the basic units of chemistry. The creators, Alex and Jaden, completed Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry, where they developed their passions for the subject. They wanted to encourage students to have the charisma and passion for chemistry as they do.


Benjamin Berlin '20, Sam Bruce '20, and Robby Dubinski '20

Duberuce is a three-dimensional, interactive, and infinitely-generating video game that encourages the player to create and explore. It is coded in the Java programming language and was spurred by our combined interest in programming, as well as our desire to go beyond the traditional coding curriculum.

Building a Prosthetic Arm

James Doss '20

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year James Doss has been developing a low-cost and open-source prosthetic for use by lower arm amputees. Utilizing novel manufacturing methods, electronics technology and computer hardware the prime objective has been to deliver a safe and affordable option to traditional professionally made prosthetics.

Stock Analysis Using ThinkorSwim

Benjamin Damon '20

My fellows project was designing and coding stock analysis algorithms on ThinkorSwim. I created and used a variety of algorithms to analyze and assist in a variety of trading types and situations.

Creating a Cleaner Future

Hayden Lamb '20

I have created a water filter that would, on a much smaller scale, address the needs of the Chesapeake Bay. My filter accomplishes this through mechanical and biological means, and I have proven it to effectively clean bay water.

From Adolescence to Advocacy

Mackenzie Boughey '20

I created a documentary to showcase and analyze the efforts of various student activists. Their respective causes (which span from the 1960s to the present) demonstrate which methods of activism are more effective when trying to share one’s views with a greater community, and in producing this film I hope to inspire a new generation of activists. Politicians were also interviewed to share advice on how the government responds to social movements.

Your Face-wash Counts

Baillie McNitt '20

My project involved the design and construction of a Low-impact Aquatic Debris Instrument, or LADI trawl, as well as the creation of a YouTube channel to document interesting findings along the way. I taught myself to analyze microplastics and classify them into five groups, and then did a series of investigations ranging from beach and surface water clean-ups to household raids to determine the source of some of these plastics. Finally, I developed a series of guidelines to help people decrease the plastic output and thus hopefully decrease the amount of plastic entering our oceans.

Women in STEM

Julia Christie '20

I created a mixed research project to see what causes women to not choose STEM-related career paths. With a combination of research and personal surveys completed by a percentage of Severn students and faculty, I am producing a written report with a main purpose of outlining suggestions that Severn and other educational institutions can use to increase female participation and interest in STEM courses. I believe this can provide groundwork for reaching the long-term goal of closing the gender gap in STEM fields in the workforce. 

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