Senior Spotlight: Fiona Burgess

Name, age, grade and city of residence

Fiona Burgess, 17, grade 12, Santa Cruz

Grade you started At Mount Madonna School

Ninth grade

What inspires you?

I am inspired by people who work hard. In quarantine, these are the medical workers.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?

History and government! I think its really important to know how we got here. I think it’s super important to know about your government.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Climate change. We can’t do much of anything without a healthy planet.

What is your dream job and why?

At the moment, in some position in the state department or as an ambassador. I like talking to people and connecting.

What are your three favorite things?

The beach, hanging out with friends, and film and photography.

Favorite book?

The most impactful book I have read that I have thought about over the last four years and would read again is “Between the World And Me”. by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

What do you want to do after high-school?

I am going to Boston University and will study international relations for a potential political science double major. I might get a higher degree,  but I am not sure.

Something that makes you smile?

Being at the ocean.

A favorite MMS memory and why?

Any time that we traveled as a class. Road trips to Model United Nations, going in the vans to the rafting trip, being in the airports; just being with my class, talking and connecting.

Who inspires you and why?

My parents. They work really hard and have worked very hard for me and my siblings, so I always look up to them.


Alumna Zoe Kelly (’15) interviewed Fiona for this spotlight feature.