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Parmees Fazeli ’22

For Parmees Fazeli, ’22, the journey from Pre-K at MPH all the way through the Upper School to Yale University this fall was made possible by lessons learned in MPH’s tight-knit community. With a plan to study biology and Spanish on a pre-med track with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine with a focus on clinical research and public health, Parmees certainly learned those lessons well.

A few of her fondest memories from her “lifer” career at MPH include:

  • Recess periods in Grades 3 and 4 during which many negotiations and trades were exchanged in fort building;
  • Related and unrelated conversations that took place in a book club that she and a few other students began in Mrs. Bentley Hoke’s Grade 8 English class; and
  • The joyous moments of school spirit expressed during Red and White Day, the holiday program during which students boisterously cheer for their grade in the School’s rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and during Winter Carnival, when students of many ages were seen scurrying through the halls in a congregation of colors, hoping to get a glimpse at the scoreboard in the Phoenix.

All of these memories were moments that showed her what it truly meant to be a member of MPH’s tight-knit community. One of the best lessons she said she learned at MPH was from Spanish Teacher Silviana Medina-Dooher, who helped show her the importance of having resilience, confidence, optimism and to not shy away from your passions.

Parmees also shared that the Grade 9 field trip Bryn Mawr was another of her most memorable experiences at MPH. Not only was it a time for outdoor fun, including sports in the pouring rain and advisory competitions, but it was also the time when letters to their “senior selves” were written and sealed away. It hadn’t dawned on her that they would receive those letters again until Senior Brunch, when she noticed the teachers coming around the room with stacks of white envelopes. Parmees said, “Suddenly, it was as if we were exactly where we were before, gathered together around tables. Only this time we were opening up the letters, along with all the memories that came with them from that rainy fall afternoon at Bryn Mawr.”

This summer – besides planning and packing for college – Parmees is working as an assistant tennis coach at MPH’s summer camp. She also takes part in the refugee and immigrant outreach organizations in the greater Syracuse area by serving as an interpreter and volunteer to organize essential item collections that help with resettlement. In her last few days at home, she spends as much time as she can with her family. She also plays an occasional tennis match with her sister, Amitees ’25, and enjoys trading tournament strategies with her. The sisters played as a doubles team this past year and made it to the NY State Tennis Championship tournament.