Meet Isaiah

Where are you from?

I was born in Connecticut and currently live in Middlebury, but I also spent three years living in Canada.

What made you choose Taft?

When I toured Taft, it seemed like everybody knew and cared about the people in their community, a sentiment I never experienced at my previous, much larger school. I also went to a few Taft hockey games and came to the conclusion that Taft students have the most school spirit in the NEPSAC.

What activities do you participate in on campus?

I am a School Monitor, a Black Alliance Club founder/head, Dorm Monitor, Boys’ Varsity Hockey player, and retired Boys’ Thirds Lacrosse player.

What has been your favorite class so far at Taft?

I’ve had a lot of great classes with great teachers, but two truly stand out as favorites: Mr. Magee’s Upper Mid English class and Mrs. Guidotti’s biology class. Both of these teachers have inspired me to think in ways I previously hadn’t, and are two of the best teachers I’ve ever had.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Ms. Garcia’s office. Ms. Garcia, our Dean of Multicultural Recruitment, was my dorm parent for my first three years at Taft and I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her well during that span. She always has snacks and is always willing to talk, which we’ve done a lot of during my time here.

What has been your most memorable Taft moment?

Hotchkiss Day of my junior year. Each year to end the fall sports season, all of our teams play Hotchkiss—our biggest rival school. My junior year Hotchkiss Day was held at Hotchkiss, and I will never forget celebrating the rain-delayed, comeback football win in the freezing cold to end the night.

What do you love most about Taft?

Everyone can find a group of people with whom they can identify and feel comfortable. Because of Taft’s close environment, all these different groups come together. Taft benefits from an incredibly supportive student body and you can always expect a crowd at big sporting events, theater and music performances, new art gallery showcases, club meetings, and so much more.

What does it mean to be a Rhino?

To be a Rhino means to be educated and surrounded by people who may wildly different from you. Our community is purposely structured so that you interact with different people all the time—whether in the dorms, in your Bingham Auditorium seats, in the dining halls, and through many other outlets. I think the school’s motto lends itself well to this, as serving others is a part of our everyday lives here at Taft.