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A Few of Our Recent Graduates

Parker Thompson

Quest University Canada, Class of 2013
     (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, focus on
     computer and information security)
West Sound Academy, Class of 2009 

Parker was West Sound Academy's first "Outstanding Technical Citizen", providing technical assistance to the entire West Sound community while in Upper School.
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For Parker's undergraduate thesis at Quest University he built a wireless communication technology called 'Bunny' which enables secure and hidden wireless communication for use in the event of political unrest or internet infrastructure failure. While not working on security research or maintaining Bunny, Parker spends his time rock climbing in Squamish, British Columbia.
In Summer 2013 Parker travelled through Ladakh and Zanskar in northern India, serving as TA for a Quest University Visual Anthropology course taught by his father, Dr. Bill Thompson. Now back in the Northwest, Parker works as an Internet security analyst for Leviathan Security Group in Seattle.

M.R. Trower

Rhode Island School of Design, Class of 2013
     (BFA in Illustration; Concentration in History, Philosophy,
     and the Social Sciences; with honors)
West Sound Academy, Class of 2009

Matt's life-long interest in art led  to coursework in drawing, painting, photography, and film while attending WSA. At Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Matt was immersed in the work of studio classes related to a major in Illustration. Following a lifelon interest in comics and graphic novels, Matt headed to Montréal for a summer working as a production intern for Drawn & Quarterly Publications, a leading art and literary comics publisher.
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Matt uses any free time available to draw, and makes comics of varying lengths and produces personal and collaborative zines under the imprint "Inkmaggot".  Matt is living in Durham, North Carolina and is a research associate at Duke University, working on a variety of illustration projects for the Center for Advanced Hindsight and Duke professor Dan Ariely.  Find Matt's art at http://mrtrower.com/

Wueyoup Koo

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Aerospace
     Engineering), Class of 2015
West Sound Academy, Class of 2009

Wueyoup came from the Republic of Korea to be the very first international student at West Sound Academy. His focus on mathematics and science prepared him for studying engineering in college. Wueyoup had to interrupt his education to fulfill the requirement for mandatory military service in Korea, but after a two-year hiatus he is back in college.
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Wueyoup has been fond of aviation since he was young and has always dreamed of becoming a pilot. While at home to serving in the Korean military he worked as an instructor for the Young Falcons of Korea, an organization for teens who have the same dreams as him. Wueyoup completed two years of a Pre-Engineering program at the University of Washington, and has now transferred to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University so that he can take flight training along with his engineering classes. Ultimately, Wueyoup wants to work as an airline pilot.

Liz Leness

Lawrence University (Psychology), Class of 2014
West Sound Academy, Class of 2010

Liz has always been interested in a number of things from music to working with children. Originally wanting to double-major in Piano Composition and Performance, as a Freshman at Lawrence University, her passion for working with children grew and surpassed her dedication for music. She did not want to cut music out of her life entirely so she decided to marry her two interests.
Liz plans to major in Psychology with an interest in Music so that she can continue on to Graduate school to become a Music Therapist for children and adults with special needs. West Sound’s Music program really kept Liz’s passion for music alive and has molded her musical skills. Her relationship with all of her teachers truly was the motivation for wanting to ultimately work with people. When Liz is not in class, she works as a hostess and server at a local Asian restaurant, co-teaches classes with the guidance of a Music Therapist, or works with elementary teachers in the Appleton School District doing student teaching and observations.

Kyle Romasco-Kelly

Colorado College (Economics and Pre-Med), Class of 2014
West Sound Academy, Class of 2010

Kyle has always been an avid skier and outdoors adventurer, so in his sophomore year he was up for the challenge of a three-month semester of wilderness medicine in Montana and Costa Rica. Kyle completed the program, and is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician cross-qualified for wilderness rescue and treatment. The experience piqued Kyle's interest in medicine, and pushed him to broaden his academic horizons.
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Kyle will graduate in 2014 with a major in economics and will have fulfilled all requirements for entry into medical school. Service is a very important part of his life - while at CC he's worked 600 hours for political campaigns and 100 hours at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. In March 2013, Kyle's commitment to academics, volunteerism, and leadership earned him acceptance into the Colorado College Mortar Board Chapter.