DeForest Class of 2011
Kaia will be a senior this year at Edgewood College in Madison. She is majoring in English with an emphasis in writing, as well as minoring in Theatre Arts. She keeps busy as an actor and singer in theatrical and musical productions on and off campus, and she received recognition for her work in theatrical sound design. Kaia has written and performed her original music at various restaurants and festivals in the area. She also writes fiction; awards include the Edgewood College Writing Contest and the Fine Arts Creative Writing Award. She was an editor and contributor of the campus literary publication, Edgewood Review. As a volunteer Student Ambassador, Kaia gives campus tours and takes leadership in other events for prospective students, and she previously worked as a peer mentor for the Academic Advising Department at Edgewood. She was also a communications intern for the non-profit environmental funding group, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Her plan is to continue with writing and the arts.
Esat is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison entering his Senior year. He is pursing honors distinction in the major of Neurobiology and also pursuing a major in Economics. He is following the pre-medicine track and hopes to one day be enrolled in Medical School. During his sophomore year, Esat was the President of Kick it to Cancer, a student organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. During his time with Kick it to Cancer, Esat helped raise and donate over $6,000 toward the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Last summer, Esat was accepted to the prestigious American Heart Association’s Undergraduate Student Research Program and won an award of $4,000. Esat’s previous research has been displayed as an abstract at the American Association of Cancer Research’s Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C. and he will be an author of a scientific paper in the near future. He is currently working at the UW Hospital in the Department of Surgery. When not working on research, Esat manages his successful entertainment business providing entertainment at weddings, schools, nightclubs, and private functions. To maximize his time and follow his passion, Esat is also consistently looking for opportunities to volunteer at the hospital and shadow doctors.
DeForest Class of 2013
Orrie will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall and is working towards a degree in Political Science. His goal is to attend law school and eventually become a judge. Last year, he became a member of the UW Marching Band as a trombone player. He also enjoys playing the piano and is involved with helping the local cross country team.
DeForest Class of 2014
Joshua will be starting school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall. There, he will be majoring in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering. He is interested in attaining further specialization by fulfilling the requirements for a variety of undergraduate certificates, such as Energy Sustainability, International Engineering, and Environmental Studies. In addition, Joshua plans to join the volunteer organization Engineers Without Borders. Joshua will also be auditioning for the University of Wisconsin Marching Band and is hopeful that he can earn a spot on the drumline as a snare drummer. He also wants to be heavily involved in research during his time as an undergraduate student and even after college; research pertaining to water purification processes, water and air pollution reduction, and alternative energy is of particular interest to Joshua. After college, Joshua would like to work as an environmental engineer for a private firm, conduct his own environmental research projects, and provide aid to third-world countries and areas affected by natural and man-made disasters.