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Madelyn Sullivan

School: Vail Mountain School

Nickname: Maddie, Mad-dawg

Parent/s’ names: Stephanie and Garret Sullivan

Siblings, ages: Colin Sullivan, 20

OK, you’re 30: What have you done (college, job, kids etc.), where do you live and what do you do? With any luck I will be a famous photojournalist turned architect or politician, living in another country, preferably Africa, more specifically a bungalow on the West Africa coastline. The plethora of foreign and exotic men I have seduced on my journeys will be vying for my hand in marriage, and I will therefore have all of the chocolate I want. My friends Lea and Morgen will be pirates in the Mediterranean Sea and pay visits to my coastal bungalow bearing the spoils of their adventures. In the previous ten years I will have graduated from Bowdoin College and Columbia with a double major in government and legal studies as well as architectural engineering. I will then work for Teach America for two years, become well known for a documentary project I will do on my experience, go back to college for law school, take the next two years off and travel to Africa with the Peace Corps (with Courtney) for two more years and become famous for another photo project in Africa. Which leaves me with two years to become a politician or architect in Africa. Safari as a way of life.

What items might you put in a personal time capsule to open at your 20th high school reunion? Why those?

One of the school laptops we use, because they will be archaic within two years, and probably artifacts in twenty. Mr. Ioli because it would be great to preserve him and have him as a friend in twenty years. The pathetic light fixture that hangs above the desk in our homebase room because it would be more useful in a time capsule than wasting extra energy emitting weak light into an already well-lit room.

Best high school memory: Too many good ones, but probably when we spent the night at the school and played sardines for several hours, watched “The Bird Cage” until late at night, and attempted to sleep on the stairs in the lecture hall only to get up at 5 a.m. to cook waffles for the school breakfast.

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Schindel for his inspiring diligence and ability to bring history to life, Mr. Morris for his deep love of the English language and drive for perfection, and Mr. Bandoni for his idealistic outlook on life and biting sense of humor.

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