Emma D’Amico ’12
Emma McGee D’Amico was a student at Hilltop Country Day School for 8 years. After Hilltop, she attended Sparta High School and is currently a freshman at Drew University. Dr. Carol Ueland, professor of Russian at Drew, said Emma has been a terrific addition to their program.
“Emma has always been a motivated and conscientious student,” said Brent Rivers, English teacher at Sparta High School. “She took every opportunity to lead her peers and never feared reflection. Because she made sure that her work was always improving, Emma was the kind of exemplar who inspired other students to work even harder.”
What do you love most about Hilltop Country Day School?
There are many things about Hilltop Country Day School that I truly appreciate and love. I thoroughly enjoyed having small class sizes, this allowed me to build strong relationships with my peers and my teachers. I was able to strengthen my communications skills and my independence as a student. The bonds that I formed with the faculty, staff, and students have continued even after I graduated. Going back to Hilltop to volunteer or to ask Mr. Umstead for help in chemistry is still as exciting as it was when I was at Hilltop.
What is one word that best described the school? Please explain why you chose that word.
Hilltop can be best described as rigorous. The rigorous preparation of science, math, history, music, and art allowed me to fully appreciate my academic high school and college experience.
Describe one of your favorite memories of Hilltop Country Day School?
My favorite memory was when I was elected class president in eighth grade. Having the opportunity to help grow the Student Council to receive the Gold award by creating new activities and fundraisers that included the Lower School and the community.
From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend Hilltop Country Day School?
Hilltop allowed me to strengthen my independence as a student and my communication skills. Every teacher encouraged and inspired my love for learning. Creating strong public speaking skills from when I was only in second grade allowed me to reinforce my confidence. Being able to advocate for myself and encourage others around me to speak up.
In what ways did Hilltop Country Day School prepare you for high school and college?
Entering high school with confidence in course material and independence allowed me to create strong relationships with my teachers and professors just as I had when I was at Hilltop. Being confident with giving presentations, asking questions in class, and not bring afraid to ask for help let me appreciate and excel at every opportunity I had.
What would you tell a friend to encourage them to consider Hilltop Country Day School?
I highly encourage all parents to give the gift of a Hilltop education and experience to their child. The small class sizes, high level of teaching, and love for learning, is what you will experience at Hilltop.