Meet the 2016 Scholars

burr-150Lauren Burr, Class of 2016

Lauren Burr is researching ways for the human population to live significantly longer, what this new society would look like, and whether it should or should not be achieved. She chose to be a part of this year’s project to learn about ethics for the first time and to continue learning about Biology in order to prepare herself for a career in Engineering. Lauren has been at Kent Place for four years and loves the confidence she has gained which she attributes to her strong relationships with teachers. She will graduate in June of 2016.


acharlot-150Anjolie Charlot, Class of 2018

Anjolie Charlot came to Kent Place in 2005 as a first grader.  Now, in grade 10 she joined The Bioethics Project 2015-2016: Medical Decision Making and the Human Lifespan to explore the values she holds about life and to figure out what she would want in her own life.  Though she wants to make a living in a music career, she believes that Bioethics is an important field that all people should consider looking into, even if it’s only sporadically.  Being in this project has prompted important discussions with family and friends that she would not have had otherwise.  She looks forward to continuing her study of Bioethics in the future.


mcrae-150 Reagan McRae, Class of 2017

Reagan McRae is a junior at Kent Place School and has been attending for six years. Her focus during the Bioethics Project has been on researching a new technology called bioprinting, which will allow humans to 3D print human tissue to make new organs. She decided to participate in this year’s project, The Bioethics Project 2016: Medical Decision Making and the Human Lifespan, because of her immense interest in science surrounding both the life and death of humans. She is also a firm believer that an understanding of Bioethics increases one’s confidence in their beliefs and is an imperative quality for any leader. Though her particular pathway is still unclear, she hopes to continue with the medical field with a particular interest in forensic medicine and forensic pathology.


huttner-150Sophie Huttner, Class of 2018

Sophie Huttner is a Sophomore at Kent Place School. She joined The Bioethics Project out of an interest in expanding her knowledge of ethical issues in the modern world. Something that has especially interested Sophie is the concept of how individuals and their desires may change over time, and how that should impact the ways in which we respect their autonomy. This interest lead her to focus her research specifically on the topic of Alzheimer’s patients, and how we can honor their autonomy as the disease progresses. In the future, Sophie hopes to use what she’s learned to better her understanding of the ethical implications involved in policy-making and current events.


ray-150Priyanka Ray, Class of 2016

Priyanka Ray is a senior at Kent Place. She is researching the rights of patients in a Catholic hospital setting and whether or not physicians at Catholic hospitals have the right to withhold treatment or information from patients. Priyanka joined the Bioethics Project in order to connect her interests in biology with her interests in the humanities. She hopes to study English literature in college and continue exploring the ties between science and literature. Priyanka was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Bioethics Project and engage in thought discussions with her peers. She looks forward to graduating in June of 2016 and pursuing Bioethics in college and beyond.


kumar-150Veda Kumar, Class of 2018

Veda Kumar came to Kent Place in the first grade and is now in tenth grade. She joined the Bioethics Project because of her interests in medicine and ethics and has chosen to explore the ethics of using PGD for adult onset diseases in her project. The Bioethics Project presents the opportunity to embrace different perspectives on many complex ethical issues, which she looks forward to continuing to do in her future pursuits of science and ethics.



DiCesare-150Elyse DiCesare, Class of 2018

Elyse DiCesare is a sophomore in her second year at Kent Place School. For The Bioethics Project 2016: Medical Decision Making and the Human Lifespan, she has focused on the topic of Adolescent Autonomy and deciding whether an adolescent is capable to make an end of life decision. Elyse decided to participate in the Bioethics Project because she enjoys the fields of medicine and ethics and is interested in pursuing them in the future. The Bioethics project has allowed her the opportunity to hear and discuss different perspectives on various Bioethics topics. Elyse is grateful for the many resources that her teachers and peers have given her throughout the project because they have tremendously improved her thought process on ethics and bioethics in general.


Bhardwaj-150Neha Bhardwaj, Class of 2018

Neha Bhardwaj is a sophomore at Kent Place School and will be graduating in 2018. She is researching the ethical implications of decision-making in children with gender dysphoria, and is fascinated with the topic and the information she has learned from her peers and research. Neha joined the Bioethics Project because of her passion for science and the fascinating discussions surrounding ethics that she enjoys participating in. She hopes to become a physician, and values the topic of Ethical Decision Making and the Human Lifespan as it is connected to the fields of science and medicine that she hopes to explore in the future.


Kolakoski-150Alexa Kolakoski, Class of 2018

Alexa Kolakoski is currently a sophomore at Kent Place and has attended the school since kindergarden. Her project explores the use of physician aid in dying for those who suffer from severe mental health issues in particular depression.  She chose to participate in the Bioethics Project due to a lifelong fascination with ethics and the medical field. She hopes to take the knowledge and experience she has gained from her work on the project to help her achieve her future goal of becoming a veterinarian.



laurence-150Ruthie Laurence, Class of 2018

Ruthie Laurence is currently in 10th grade at Kent Place School. Her project focuses on the  ethical implications of using longevity medications under the knowledge of Earth’s population problem. She chose to participate in the Bioethics program because of a love and deep interest of bio sciences and ethical reasoning. Ruthie joined Kent Place in 6th grade and has absolutely loved participating in the science program throughout her time there.