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Newly arrived Knox College student Lindsay Drozdik remembers feeling a “click” when she first visited campus as part of her college search process.
“I immediately knew that I wanted to come here,” she recalled. “It just felt like an immediate fit for me.”
While growing up, Drozdik had heard about Knox from her alumni grandparents Ann Deardorff Huneke '67 and George Safford '65. Safford said he “gushed” about Knox to his granddaughter. Huneke added: “We both loved it when we went here. I think we touted the size because we thought this was the size school that would be good for her.”
Drozdik is among 20 new students who are “legacies,” meaning that they’re following a relative to Knox. “It is really, really cool being able to hear about their history here and how they feel about Knox,” Drozdik said about her grandparents.
Traditionally, as part of Knox’s move-in day activities, time is set aside to take photographs of legacy students and their families.
One of the other legacy students this year is Andrea Bradshaw, who represents the third generation of her family—and the ninth family member overall—to attend Knox. Her alumni relatives include her mother, Barbara Zemek '86, and aunt Annette Zemek '81.
Andrea said she is excited about “making connections with people, starting new relationships, and being able to choose my own journey.” She moved to campus a bit early to participate in the SPARK bridge program and already has formed some impressions about being at Knox.
“It’s been great. I’ve met a lot of really cool professors, the campus is awesome, everyone is really nice,” Andrea said. “It’s been a wonderful experience so far.”
Legacy students pictured above, left to right, first row: Lizzy Shakman, Sophia Elswick. Second row: Lindsay Drozdik, Andrea Bradshaw, Marina Hope. Third row: Brayden Bathgate, Jonathan (J.J.) Silander.
Legacy students and their families, from left to right, first row: Ben Shakman '90, Lizzy Shakman '23, Charleen Shakman '91, Maria Elswick, Amy Anderson. Second row: Dan Drozdik, Lindsay Drozdik '23, Liz Drozdik, Barry Elswick, Sophia Elswick '23, Rik Henke. Third row: Ann Deardorff Huneke '67, George Safford '65, William Hope, Marina Hope '23, Tina Hope. Fourth row: Brayden Bathgate '23, Diana Litney Hutzell, Andrea Bradshaw '23. Fifth row: Cory Bonstead '04, Jonathan (J.J.) Silander '23, Annette Zemek '81.
Athlete legacy photo, left to right: Cory Bonstead '04 and Brayden Bathgate '23.
Additional legacy student photo: Aurora Flores-Gaytan '23 and Carlos Flores-Gaytan '21.
Legacy students not pictured: Jakob (Jake) Brody, Christopher Bushey Jr., Jason Clark, Matthew Durdle, Preston Lade, Logan Lerette-Kauffman, Dikshant (D.K.) Pradhan, Hannah Rahal, Dhanmaporn (Chi Chi) Sinthopprasert, Zane Stein, Andrew Tucker, Lucia (Lucy) Weyer Johnson.
Published on September 23, 2019