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Educating the Mind, Expanding the Heart

Fred Hohman, SJCS class of 2007 

Fred spent this past summer as a National Security Ph.D. intern at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) working in the Data Sciences & Analytics (DSA) group, in Richland, Washington.

PNNL is one of the Department of Energy’s Office of Sciences national laboratories whose research specializes in fundamental sciences, national security, energy, and reducing the effects of human activity on the environment. Fred’s research focused on using visualization to better understand how deep learning models semantically learn.

Fred is in his second year at Georgia Tech as a Ph.D. student studying Computational Science and Engineering advised by Polo Chau and Alex Endert. As a member of the Polo Club of Data Science, their research bridges data mining and machine learning techniques with principles from human-computer interaction and visualization to make interactive tools to help people understand and explore big data."

Fred is a graduate of Blessed Trinity High School (Class of 2011), and an alumnus of UGA (Class of 2015) in Math and Physics. To learn more about his program, please go to fredhohman.com/about.   

Hannah Sciarappa, SJCS Class of 2005

Congratulations on receiving the Blue Ribbon Award this year, I was in 6th grade when we received it in 2003! 

I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2014 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In college, I was an intern at the Georgia Aquarium educating guests about the many diverse animals that live in the galleries. I also took a SCUBA diving class my senior year of college and became a certified diver.  My last summer break in college I worked for the Boy Scouts of America at the National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys. This is what sparked my interest in sailing. 

After college I worked at a marine science camp in the Florida Keys as a science instructor, I then moved onto becoming a deckhand/environnmental educator on a tall ship that sailed out of Long Beach, California in 2015. The ship sailed from Long Beach to Catalina Island, and now (as of January 2016) I am a Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) on Catalina Island.   

Here at CIMI I teach kids your age (5th grade - 8th grade mostly, some high schools students as well) about marine science. I teach a series of labs that include topics about fish, sharks, plankton, and algae that live in the ocean. I also lead our snorkeling, kayaking and hiking activities too! This isn't really a job to me because I wake up in the morning and think to myself, "Today I GET to go snorkeling with kids!" This is my passion and I like to think the students I teach will develop a love for the ocean as well. When we love things, we take care of them, and the oceans need some love right now. 

This will sound cheesy, but follow your dreams! I started at St. Joseph's in Marietta and now I live on Catalina Island teaching kids marine science. Your passions will take you to the most wonderful places!

Cassie Prochaska, SJCS Class of 2004

I started high school at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and then transferred to Kell High School after my sophomore year. After high school graduation I attended Kennesaw State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Physiology then returned for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. I am working to obtain my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at University of Alabama at Birmingham and will graduate in April of this year!

I currently work at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) caring for critically ill children who have come from all across the country. I have been working here for the past four years and have migrated to advanced roles, such as Rapid Response for the hospital or Resource for the unit. When I am not working or completing school, I coach a middle and high homeschool swim team from October through January. We just finished our season and our Varsity girls won the state swim meet!

 

 

 

 

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