Academics
Upper School | Gr. 9-12

The Van Eney '09 Fellows Program

Expanding Intellectual Curiosity

The Van Eney '09 Fellows program invites a select group of Severn School seniors to transcend the academic program and develop a year-long intellectual pursuit that reflects their growing passions.

The Van Eney '09 Fellows Program

Since the 2008-2009 school year Severn School has invited a select group of seniors to transcend the academic program and develop a year-long intellectual pursuit that reflects their growing passions as part of the Severn Fellows program, now known as The Van Eney ′09 Fellows Program at Severn School.

Each year students are encouraged to demonstrate their ability to synthesize ideas and to create new fields of inquiry in the application of several skills and knowledge bases that they have developed in their time at Severn. The fellows are selected through an application process in the spring of their junior year and work on their projects throughout their senior year with the understanding that their project will receive neither a grade nor academic credit. Students explore their passions in the purest of regards and know that the most satisfying reward comes in meeting goals and in knowing that they have done something well. At the end of the year, students present their work to the Severn community. The presentations simply represent the belief that knowledge and experience once gained, should be celebrated and shared.
 

Program Details 

  • A faculty committee – led by the program’s faculty advisor - reviews the proposals (submitted during a student's junior year) and selects a group of students to undertake their studies as Severn Fellows.

  • While many of Severn’s strongest students are likely to submit proposals, grades and achievement are not specific criteria for selection; students are evaluated on their proposal, their passion, and their ability to carry out a year-long project.  

  • Each student is matched up with an off-campus mentor and an on-campus faculty mentor in his or her field of interest and is expected to meet established checkpoints throughout the year as he or she makes progress toward the final product.  

  • Prior to graduation of the senior year, the Fellows deliver brief presentations to the student body. Following is an evening event during which Fellows present their work before a gathering of students, faculty, and parents; a post-event reception celebrates the Fellows and those who have supported them throughout the endeavor.

  • Students accepted into the Fellows Program do not receive academic credit or grades for their work, but are instead encouraged to pursue their passions in such a program for the experience and the intangible rewards of true scholarship. Fellows do not receive a course reduction during the senior year, but many participants opt to take five courses, essentially treating the Fellows experience as the sixth ‘course.’

Van Eney '09

The Van Eney ′09 Fellows Program at Severn School is a program based on the pillars of individual passion, scholarship, and inquiry that enables Severn School seniors to transcend the traditional academic program with a year-long intellectual pursuit that reflects their growing interests and passions. The selected Fellows are provided an opportunity to pursue their passions for the experience and the intangible rewards of learning for learning’s sake and personal growth. 
 
Van Eney '09
The program honors Van Eney '09 who died in a tragic accident in June 2011. In his short life, Van made an impression on all those whose paths he crossed. His quiet reserve masked a carefree and fun-loving guy who brought great humor, joy and love to his family and friends. He was a devoted son and brother and a loyal, generous friend, who exhibited kindness and consideration to all. An avid football and lacrosse competitor, his selflessness showed in his concern for his team and teammates’ success over any individual accolades. With these traits in mind, the Severn Fellows Program was named in Van’s memory as a testament to who he was and how he lived his life.

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  • Sample Projects

    • Biographical photojournalism, designing and publishing a book of stories of local senior citizens
    • Environmental portraiture, creating a photographic profile of Annapolis
    • A look at the media's growing role in the sporting world
    • Study of genetics and their alterations and their effect on cancer in the Baltimore area
    • Computer-aided design, making a scale model of a boat
    • An investigation of technology in politics and the outcome of elections
    • Designing and publishing an online magazine which features inspirational stories of ordinary young people
    • Engineering a sustainable building and constructing a model of an eco-friendly Smart House
    • Dabbling with DNA: The Quirks and Consequences of Life's Molecules
    • The Human Form: Mind, Body, and Clay
    • The AIDS Epidemic: A Glance at Medicine Around the World
    • Composite Materials in Longboards: Science, Art, and Discovery
    • An original play: Cut in Twain: As Youth Struggles with Innocence
    • Revolutionaries and Terrorists: The Influence of Sayyid Qutb on the Modern Middle East
    • The Electric Guitar: Making Music from Maple
    • The Memoir Project: A Biophysical Look into Autobiographical Memory
  • 2018 Severn Fellows

    Benjamin Carsley '18
    Jimmy Diamondidis '18
    Yasmeen Meek '18
    Aidan Wang '18
    Jake Wilson '18


  • 2017 Severn Fellows

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    Zoe Bennett '17
    Henry Creamer '17
    Mackenzie Durner '17
    Lillie Kontor '17
    Patrick Wong '17
    Paul Wyrough '17
  • 2016 Severn Fellows

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    Aidan Collins '16
    Stephen Duncan '16
    Jack Elstner '16
    Liam Judge '16
    Colton Keenan '16
    Tricia Oxford '16
    Burke Ritter '16
    Zak Rosen '16
    Parker Rouse '16
    Nick Russell '16
    Kevin Sheehan '16
    Austin Smith '16
    Brett Weinstein '16
    Archer Willauer '16


  • 2015 Severn Fellows

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    Julian Bartholomee '15
    Cole Bowden '15
    Jeffrey Carr '15
    Zander Feidelberg ''5
    Morgan Foery '15
    William Fung '15
    AJ Gersh '15
    Marcel Isper '15
    Kate Reed '15
    Paige Sachwitz '15
    Huda Turabi '15
  • 2014 Severn Fellows

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    Allen Belo '14
    Amy Boulier '14
    Finley Code '14
    Lexi Kierstead '14
    Lauren Manning '14
    Cortney Mathis '14
    Rose Montgomery '14
    Evan Morgan '14
    Faith Ruppert '14
    Andrew Snow '14
  • 2013 Severn Fellows

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    Chloe Fu '13
    Alec Green '13
    Connor Sheehan '13
    Allie Bennett '13
    Claire Wyatt '13
    Veronica Pierce '13
    Anne McGarvey '13
    Jack Hiltabidle '13
  • 2012 Severn Fellows

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    Eva Bilo '12
    Andrea Bourke '12
    Chris Byrns '12
    Monique Dalton '12
    Kaya Gordon '12
    Cameron Hughes '12
    Will Lagarde '12
    Jai Lakhanpal '12
    Erin Littlepage '12
    Jaclyn Nagy '12
    Maddie O’Hare '12
    Natalie Peelish '12
    Grace Rudder '12
    Zach Russell '12
    Jenny Sledge '12
    Ryan Webster '12

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