The Advent School | Advent Alumni Spotlight: Zakkai Mares-Van Praag '16
An interview with Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Advent class of 2016 and Brimmer and May class of 2022.
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30 Nov Advent teaches perseverance.

Alumni Spotlight:
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag ’16

Brimmer and May ’22The Advent School Alumni Profile


Zakkai Mares-Van Praag knows that hard work pays off. Read on to find out how Advent inspired Zakkai to keep pursuing his goals.

How has Advent made a lasting impression on you?
Advent is an incredible community of people who have made me the human being I am today. I am an enthusiastic learner because of Advent. Its wonderful teachers, students who are eager to learn, and fun environment made it my second home.

How did Advent prepare you for your Next School?
Advent prepared me academically as well as socially. One important thing Advent taught me is to love reading. At Brimmer and May, there is a reading period every week. Some people hate it, but because of Advent, I don’t. I love it! Reading has become a hobby for me because of Advent.

What is your most cherished Advent memory?
There are so many! In fourth grade, Mr. Raabe taught us about descriptive writing. He told us to write instructions for how to make a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Sound easy? Well, he took the instructions literally. Some sandwiches ended with the actual jar of jam on the sandwich! Mine ended up as a really small sandwich that Mr. Raabe ate in a single bite!

What part of Advent’s motto, “Learn with passion. Act with courage. Change the world.” resonates with you?
I relate to all of them, but mostly to acting with courage and not giving up. For example, I decided to run cross country, even though I had never done it before. When I started, I thought I was going to faint after every run. Even though I was very exhausted at the end, I felt accomplished, and it was totally worth it. Advent gave me the courage to try something new and the willpower to keep going.

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