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Leo Kamer '21

Johns Hopkins University

“Norfolk Academy taught me the importance of honor and integrity. It did so not only through the Honor System, but also through every lesson.”   

Peer Counselor, International Relations Club (President), BBYO (President), Model NATO, Varsity Crew 

What are you most looking forward to about college?
Engaging with experts in a field of study 

Most Meaningful Activity   
Set crew for the Fall Play and Winter Musical. Helping the set come to life from a series of drawings always impressed me, and it was enjoyable to build it from the ground up.    

Beyond the Classroom  
My favorite tradition is the Tunstall Olympiad. It's a day of light competition and teamwork, and it's a great way for new sophomores to feel at home in the Upper School. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
My best classroom experience was Mr. Oberdorfer's romanticism lectures. His explanation and visual aids brought a perspective to the subject I had not heard. I will not forget those classes.  

Making My Mark 
I would like to think that I have left an impact through my presidency of the IR club. I believe I fostered important discussions about foreign affairs and policy. 

A Quick Word About Leo  
“Leo’s a great young man. He has been the most energetic and successful student of world politics, both in curricular and extracurricular terms, I’ve had in several years, and he’s in the top 1-2% of the students I’ve taught in two decades of undergraduate and secondary education. He sort of sneaks up on you, but once you start paying attention, you realize the magnitude of his intellectual abilities. More importantly, I am confident that he will continue to use his gifts only in the service of good. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Suffice it to say, Leo’s a rock star.” ~ Dr. David Rezelman, Leo’s U.S. History and International Relations Teacher and IR Club Sponsor     

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is…the impact Norfolk Academy has left on me.