Westport Magazine annually features, “Teens to Watch,” which highlights 10 outstanding, local high school students from Westport, Weston and Wilton. This year’s article, “The Next Generation of Leaders Taking Charge,” includes four of Wilton High School‘s brightest: Vedika Karandikar, Jackson Walker, Alida Schefers and Victoria Koenigsberger.
Vedika Karandikar is, according to the magazine, involved in many activities, including the varsity swim team, the debate, math and Science Olympiad teams, two Honor societies, classical Indian dance, and playing the French Horn. But she’s celebrated in the article for her volunteer work, at home and abroad. Not only does she volunteer at Milford Hospital here in CT, but she started a student volunteer program at a hospital in India.
Jackson Walker is well known around the WHS halls, as the president of the student body as well as a member of two honor societies. He’s also an eagle scout, and just built raised flower beds for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in memory of his grandmother. Jackson is driven to pursue medicine and medical research after graduating this year, and has already gotten a head start as one of only a few select participants in Yale’s Discovery to Cure Internship Program this past summer.
Alida Schefers is a gifted student who loves learning languages and studying the classics. She’s earned medals at the National Latin Exam, the National Classical Etymology Exam and the Medusa Mythology Exam. Latin isn’t the only language she’s picked up; she’s learning German and is an award-winning member of the German Honor Society, and she’s independently studying Japanese and American Sign Language. Alida doesn’t stop there, pursuing music as a member of Wilton Steel and founding a WHS group called Project Change, which hopes to make the school a respectful, supportive place.
Victoria Koenigsberger also is passionate about medicine and helping others. She’s already a certified EMT and homes to become a crew chief with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She’s applied her knowledge volunteering both in Guatemala as well as at Neighbor’s Link, a Stamford non-profit, by helping integrate immigrants.
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