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Senior Spotlight: Griffin Addison Picciani

June 20, 2019

When Griffin Addison was seeking a high school at the end of 8th grade, he was immediately attracted to Léman. "Growing up in Battery Park City I went to public schools, but I felt like I was always surrounded by the same kids. When I found out about Léman and how diverse and international it is, I was excited," he said. The International Baccalaureate Programme also attracted Griffin to Léman. "I didn't know a lot about the IB, but it was intriguing to me. That was one of the main reasons I came here," he said. Griffin has enjoyed and excelled at the IB. "I've always been a studious person, so the IB was a chance for me to test myself and see what I'm capable of," he said, "One of the first courses I took was HL Math which is notoriously difficult. I stuck with it and I did well. I think the critical thinking that the IB teaches helped me."

Along with being a full IB Diploma Candidate, Griffin was also a Student Ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society. He was also a co-founder of the Robotics Club, a member of the Chess Club, the Spanish Club and the Physics Club. "The Physics Club was a great experience because we participated in a program with CERN Laboratory in Switzerland," one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. In addition to his interest in science and technology, Griffin also explored his interest in film as an award winner in Léman's 2nd and 3rd annual Film Festivals. "One great thing about the IB is it doesn't confine you to just your main interests," he said, "I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn more about film making."

Griffin is excited to explore all his interests in the fall when he enrolls at the University of Pennsylvania, rated number eight in National Universities by US News and World Report. "I'm planning on majoring in mechanical engineering, but they have an open curriculum, so I will be able to take classes in different departments as well."

When asked what he'll miss most about Léman, he said, "I'll miss the people. Because of the international community, I think everyone comes here with an open mind and diverse interests. Not everybody is competing for one thing because there are enough opportunities for everybody. I don't think you get that in most schools."

Congratulations, Griffin! We know you'll be successful at UPenn and beyond!

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