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Erika Joyce ’94


Why did you join the NTEF Board?
I consider my rewarding New Trier experience as a student and its motto “To commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity” as having laid an important foundation for being a lifelong learner both inside and outside the classroom even after high school. When I was presented with the opportunity to serve on the NTEF Board, I viewed it both as an honor and an opportunity to give back to the school and community that provided me with an exceptional education.

What is the most rewarding thing about being on the NTEF Board?
The NTEF enriches the overall New Trier experience for students in a myriad of ways from providing expanded opportunities for special education students to supporting the fine arts program to enhancing extracurricular programs such as the Robotics Club. It is very exciting to be a part of this wonderful organization that is making a difference in diverse ways for our New Trier community.

What was your favorite movie in high school and why?
This may sound very trite coming from a New Trier alum, but I have to say it was the classic John Hughes film, “The Breakfast Club” which is purportedly about New Trier. The cast was representative of different prototypes of students ranging from the intellectual to the athlete. I think the movie nicely depicts (maybe not accurately) the high school experience from these very different student perspectives.