The real test of a high school education is how it plays out afterward. CAN graduates are successful, hardworking, and are making contributions in diverse fields. Here are just a few of the many paths taken by Concept Alumni.

Alumni Spotlight
(Week of Mar 21, 2016)

Simone Tilmon

Simone Tilmon is an Alumna of Horizon Science Academy – HSA Toledo High School, Class of 2012. Currently, Simone is a senior at the University of Toledo.

Briefly, describe your career path.
I am currently a senior at the University of Toledo, pursuing my degree as a Bachelor of Fine Arts major with an Art History minor in the honors program. Upon graduation, I plan to take my portfolio and attend a graduate school of my choosing, possibly the University of Cincinnati, and pursue a degree in Interior Design. My goal is to obtain a stable occupation through the co-op opportunity and use my current degree to further support myself.
What are you passionate about in your work/school?
I am extremely passionate about my work and the direction it is currently taking. I am confident in my art’s ability to interact with the viewer and leave them with something to think about. I have been part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, an honors program specifically directed for art majors, and it requires extreme focus and self-motivation but pays off with a more lucrative/esteemed degree. I am also a member of the Japanese Student association and occasionally attend the meetings/gatherings where we enjoy the culture and spoils of the country, which are always enjoyable.
Where is your career headed?
Starting off my higher education course at the University of Toledo as a Business student, I knew something was wrong, but I soon made the right choice and switched majors. I knew that extending my path in that direction would only lead me further away from my goal in life, so I made that choice and set my life back on track. After obtaining my degree from the University of Toledo in both fields, I plan to attend the University of Cincinnati in the graduate program under the field of Interior Design. (Although a Master’s degree in Fine Arts is also pertinent.) Studying abroad or pursing a co-op in another country is also a path I see myself taking, if not considering, in my future.
How has your Concept Schools experience helped shape your success?
My education with Concept Schools helped to culture me by exposing me to many different types of diversity. Also, being one of the higher GPAs throughout high school allowed me the opportunity to experience certain things I doubt I would have elsewhere, like the possibility of Ivy League schools. The wide range of extra-curricular clubs, ranging from Volleyball to Art club to National Honors Society, helped to cultivate my future and were something I enjoyed taking part in. But most recently, Concept Schools has helped me in further financing my future with a scholarship through the Concept Alumni Network.
How are you a game changer?
I am a life-learner and I am highly self-motivated. I am open to learning new things that will help to enrich my future development, may it be technologies, methods or social advances. I am great at lending aid to others in any way within my means; my success is not the only success I care for. Although my time- management skill could use some active engagement, I am reliable in the fact that the work entrusted to me will be done by the deadline.
What is the most amazing or interesting thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
As part of the honors program in the Bachelor of Fine Arts field, I have been able to take part in many different types of exhibitions and creative opportunities. I have not only attended many of them, I have also had the pleasure to help the behind the scenes creation and exhibit my own work as well.
Your favorite high school memory?
I am not sure that I can choose just one memory, I have accumulated many different enjoyable memories. But if I had to choose…it would be a mix between time spent in the gym (during class and Volleyball), the art room and everything that occurred from time spent in there, and many of the teachers.
How do you support and participate in the Concept Alumni?
Through my account, I have applied for numerous scholarships and, by association, have written a few essays. I have also written a personal letter for the Concept Alumni Network to aid them in their efforts to obtain more financing to help alumni and their futures. I visit the csite occasionally to view what is new, to check the status on my account, and to answer e-mails sent that require action.

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