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Matt

I was born and grew up in Connecticut, where I went to the local schools until my fourth grade year, when I joined the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. St. Thomas School is a small boarding school of between thirty and forty kids from third through eighth grade in Manhattan where the choristers of St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue live, take classes, and rehearse. At St. Thomas I sang six weekly services as well as concerts and tours with the choir.
In high school, I attended Groton School in Massachusetts. There I participated in cross-country, musical theater, piano, peer-counseling, and some intra-mural sports as well as daily classes. Over the summers, I have attended Johns Hopkins CTY programs on five different years, and one program through Oxford University.
For the past few years I have lived in Montgomery Village, Maryland, which is close to D.C. To prep for Bridge Year, I have read 1491, and I went on some hiking and camping trips with friends so that I won’t be totally inexperienced when we start trekking in Bolivia.
I am excited to try saltenas – I found them after looking up Bolivian food. They are similar to empanadas, and can be filled with different types of meats, veggies, and potatoes.