About Charles Wright Academy
Seth O’Byrne ’00 is a down-to-earth businessman who understands what it takes to be successful in life. Starting his own business while still a college student at the University of San Diego, he’s always been a go-getter. But Seth admits it’s never been an easy road for him. While a student at CWA, he describes himself as an average student who always had to work hard to keep up with his peers. “At CWA it only takes a few hours on the first day to realize your natural limitations,” he says. “I remember students scoring perfect scores on their SATS being a common conversation. I remember hearing about early admittance to Harvard and people testing out of their entire first year in college. That was not me.” Never minding a little hard work, Seth felt that the environment at CWA, which challenges students to do their very best, helped him develop his own ambitious drive.
When a casual sports fan thinks of athletic trainers, odds are he or she envisions a personal trainer working with clients in the gym or on the field, harnessing their physical prowess and testing their muscle memory. But Trevor Moawad ’91 focuses on an equally important aspect of an elite athlete’s anatomy: the brain.
Charles Wright Academy history teacher Susan Sparrow is included at No. 3—after none other than equal pay pioneer Lilly Ledbetter and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—on a New York Times list of influential leaders fighting for equal pay for women in the workforce in honor of Equal Pay Day, April 14.
From actor to nurse practitioner, Kevin Lapin ’91 has done it all.
After receiving his BA in French from Dartmouth College, Kevin returned to the Seattle area and worked at Amazon. Always interested in theater, it wasn’t long before he got the itch and decided to leave Amazon and see if he could make it as an actor. The decision to pursue acting and theater led him back to France to attend École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a renowned theater school in Paris. After Lecoq, he stayed in Paris for several years and created a play with a friend called “Mad Maths,” which is still being performed today.
“The world is your oyster.” How often we hear this paraphrase of William Shakespeare in our childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood—uttered by parents, teachers, and mentors in moments of doubt to bolster us into action and inspire us to follow our dreams.
Chess Club at the Lower School is a Wednesday fixture: Chess shirts mix in with uniform shirts at lunch, and carpool is a much quieter place. That’s because after school on Wednesdays nearly 60 young players converge in the Lower School Commons to play and learn at dozens of chessboards.