Whether it be hyping her fellow Lynx up during a game day pep-rally, leading the class of 2020 as class president or captivating audiences in EPAC with her electric stage presence, Sophie Faughnan '20 has made an impactful mark on Lausanne.
As a theatre performer throughout high school, Sophie gives credit to the Lausanne Upper School Theatre program for helping shape her into the person she is today.
"I couldn't speak on my time at Lausanne without expressing my adoration for the Lausanne's theatre program," Sophie shared. "The relationships I have formed over the years with the students and faculty involved in the theater department are some of the most meaningful of all relationships I've formed at the school, and my time and dedication to the program has been most influential to me as a learner."
Sophie performs in "Lord of the Flies" play in EPAC.
The senior's confidence on stage carries into her work ethic as a student and leader as well. Sophie is a full IB Diploma Programme student and has maintained a GPA above a 4.0 while balancing her roles as Senior Class President, Thespian Society President, a pep-rally Spirit Leader and a student ambassador.
Sophie's achievements also helped earn her admission into the College of Charleston, who she says was her top pick because the supportive community of students and teachers mirrored Lausanne.
"My admission to the honors college also ensures that, while I'll be living and learning in a much larger environment, I'll be able to maintain the small class sizes that I loved so much at Lausanne and that helped me to engage in a more personal way with my professors," Sophie said.
Sophie's plan in college is to major in early childhood education with a minor in psychology, to help her move towards a career in Child Life. While she always saw herself as a teacher, it was her psychology teacher, Dr. Bailey, and her mom who expressed to her that they thought she'd find joy and passion in developmental psychology and Child Life.
"With my mom's connections through her job at St. Jude, I was able to have multiple informative conversations with various Child Life specialists, including an intern who happened to be working at the hospital as a part of her master's program at the College of Charleston," Sophie said. "It was with these conversations that I was able to solidify my interest and select my major."
Now that Sophie is getting ready to embark on a future in education, she is thankful for the teachers at Lausanne who provided a constant support system and paved the way for Sophie to lead tomorrow's youth.
"One of my favorite things about Lausanne is the ease with which students and faculty can form extremely personal, meaningful relationships," Sophie said. "Lausanne teachers go above and beyond what's expected of them and stop at nothing to show their students that they are cared for and believed in. They saw the best in me even when I didn't, and I credit them immensely for the confidence I've grown to have within myself as a learner, leader, performer, and young woman."