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Senior Spotlight: Maia Handwerker

Maia Handwerker is graduating from The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and then is taking a gap year next year where she will spend half the year in Israel (working, learning and spending time with family) and the other half in Costa Rica (teaching and improving her Spanish). After her gap year, Maia is heading to the University of Pennsylvania! Maia’s goal is to be a correspondent at 60 Minutes

She will miss walking down the streets of New York and seeing places that are strongly connected to incredible memories she has made throughout her life!

“The familiarity and the business are two things that I will miss so much!”

Maia also says she will miss the people and the teachers at SHUFFLES as it has been such a big part of her life for as long as she can remember. 

Maia notes that it is hard to choose her favorite SHUFFLES performance, but her favorite part of every performance is when your number is about to start and you have practiced the choreography thousands of times, and the only emotion running through your veins is excitement! Her favorite memories are rehearsals to get ready for the show.

“The SHUFFLES community is unmatched and as we get closer to the spring, the community further tightens and grows!”

SHUFFLES taught Maia that “the show must go on” under any circumstance.

“This is such an important part of life as well, whether it be presentations at school or running the TV station—I will always think of performing and Shuffles!

When Maia is not at SHUFFLES, she can be found working on her blog and an app, and spending time with her family and friends.

We will miss you, Maia! Congratulations!


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