Meet Madison Huang ’23

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 12, 2023 at 1:56 PM

Madison Huang ’23 joined Pine Crest School as a freshman after attending science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) camp one summer. 

“I was able to work in the Zimmerman Family iLab, with different teachers,” she said. “The opportunities and resources that were available made me want to be a student here.”

STEM continued capturing Madison’s attention as an Upper School student. As a freshman, she applied to join the three-year social entrepreneurship program. 

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Topics: Innovation, Upper School, Student Life, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, STEM, 2023

Pine Crest Upper School Students Participate in Global Problem-Solving Institute Pilot Program

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 6, 2023 at 4:33 PM

By: Elani Kodner ’24

Fifteen (15) members from Pine Crest Upper School’s second-year social entrepreneurship program were invited to participate in the Global Problem-Solving Institute (GPSI) pilot program. The GPSI is a virtual innovation laboratory where high school students from across the globe collaborate to solve some of the world’s most challenging and complex problems. 

The pilot program was offered to three schools from the United States and one each from South Korea, Japan, Turkey, India, and Kazakhstan. Students had the opportunity to work on solutions for one of two societal issues: Disabling Non-Communicable Diseases or Food Fixes and the Climate Crisis. During the 12-week program, students gained knowledge in existing subject areas by exploring methodologies of environmental science, economics, and the psychology of persuasion to analyze the problems and formulate solutions. Students worked individually and collaboratively with peer schools and university professors worldwide using the design thinking methodology.

“Working with an international cohort of the GPSI has exposed us all to perspectives from diverse cultures,” said Troy Noesser ’24. “Having the opportunity to study disease prevalence and mitigation with international students allowed us to explore ideas and solutions that fit within a global context.”

Students in the Disabling Disease track worked with Dr. David Gatchel, Clinical Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Gatchel also serves as Director of the Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) program at Segal Design Institute, inside the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Under his guidance, students mapped the biological, cultural, and behavioral factors contributing to the prevalence of noncommunicable and chronic diseases like cardiovascular illness, cancer, chronic respiratory pathophysiology, and diabetes. Students spent 12 weeks utilizing design thinking principles to develop a deeper understanding of core concepts in medical anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering to generate proposals to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases. 

“Working within an international cohort pushed me to view global issues through a cross-cultural lens,” said Gabrielle Frei ’24. “Through the sessions, we researched medical recommendations from around the world to create a curriculum that educates young students about the dangers of antibiotic resistance. We encompassed various biases from different cultural and psychological frameworks in order to address global perspectives regarding the use of antibiotics.” 

Students on the Food and Climate track worked alongside Dr. Leshui He, Associate Professor of Economics at Bates College. Together, they worked to map the food supply system and identify critical factors contributing to the problem. Their goal was to look at ways to alter consumption habits, reduce waste, and improve equitable access to food in an environmentally sustainable way. 

They presented their research to industry leaders within the fields of economics, political science, and environmental science. 

“I was able to deepen my understanding of climate change by analyzing the intersection between long-term shifts in temperature and weather patterns and food waste,” said Gimani Rose ’24. “Using an entrepreneurial mindset allowed me to better understand all stakeholder needs to propose innovative solutions to the problem of food waste.”

Although the pilot has ended, students can continue their research with professors and the global cohort. Several of them have visited Dr. Gatchell at Northwestern to learn more about biomechanical engineering and his innovation lab. The incoming juniors will begin a new program cohort in January 2024, including students from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and El Salvador.

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Topics: Upper School, Design Thinking, Academics, Student Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Future Ready, 2023

Pine Crest Alumni on the Front Line: Restaurateur Adjusts to Industry Changes

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 14, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Fritz Brogan ’03 loves to meet and speak with people — this has been key to his success in the hospitality industry and politics.

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Topics: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, 2020, COVID-19

How Students Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 1, 2019 at 9:56 PM

At Pine Crest School, we believe our students must learn to be as agile and adaptable as possible.

High-brain human traits such as global understanding and empathy, deep thinking and learning, and complex problem-solving mindset through collaboration will distinguish our students and set them up for success.

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Topics: Alumni Newsletter, Lower School, Upper School, Student Life, Middle School, Design Thinking, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Giving Students The EDGE

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 1, 2019 at 9:23 AM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, 2019, Academics, Student Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Disrupting Traditional City Scaffolding with Urban Umbrella: Andrés Ulises Cortés ’92

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 10, 2019 at 4:18 PM

Walk along a New York City sidewalk for long enough and you may discover a delicious slice of pizza, a one-of-a-kind retail flagship store, dozens of high-rise buildings — and miles and miles of scaffolding, also known as sidewalk sheds.


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Topics: Innovation, Alumni, 2019, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Joining the Family Business: Dawid Goszczycki ’08 is Taking His Family’s Bakery to New Markets

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 3:33 PM

Since graduating from Pine Crest School in 2008, Dawid Goszczycki earned an undergraduate degree and returned to his native country of Poland to join his family’s bakery business.

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Topics: Alumni, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Student Entrepreneurs Make Their Name in The Community

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 2:59 PM

Upper School Students Rhea Jain ’20 and Neil Sachdeva ’21 were selected to join the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in the fall of 2018. 

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Topics: Upper School, Student Life, Middle School, Pine Crest School, Student Leadership, Entrepreneurship, STEM

Obstacle to Opportunity: How Brooke Bal ’10 Launched bakebars

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM

After being diagnosed with a severe gluten intolerance five years ago, Brooke Bal ’10 knew she needed to pay more attention to the ingredients in the food she ate.

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Topics: Alumni, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Alumni Working Together to Bring Human Connections Through Art

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 24, 2019 at 1:54 PM

About two years ago, Alexander Waldman ’10, Andrea Abtahi ’10, and Michael Kenton ’10 were celebrating a fellow alumnus’ birthday.

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Topics: Alumni, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Pine Crest School Alumnus Paves An Unexpected Road To Entrepreneurism

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 24, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Brad Austin ’97 began his undergraduate career thinking he was going to be a veterinarian. “When I started at the University of Florida, they wanted you to declare a major right away,” said Brad. “I found Animal Sciences and thought, ‘I like animals, I like being outside,’ and it seemed cool.”

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Topics: Alumni, 2019, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship, Science