Varvara (Varya) Semikina

Varvara (Varya) Semikina

In this Senior Spotlight, meet Varvara (Varya) from Ukraine, who attended ICSB for one year.


When you think of high school, what song comes to mind?

Baby - Justin Bieber

What's your favorite TV show or Movie?


What have you been involved in at ICSB?

Volleyball, Chapel Team, Dance Team, Track, Musical

What's your favorite place on campus and why?

The outside patio with the benches is really nice for lunch when it's warm. Also, Mrs. Stowell's room is really cute with the lights!

Share about a teacher(s) and how they have impacted you positively.

All teachers at ISCB are amazing. I was really happy to get to know some of them. You can see a real person behind every teacher and that they are not just trying to teach the subject but also care about you. They are very friendly and ready to help with your needs, academic and personal. It's such a joy to feel it here!

What's your favorite thing or memory about ICSB?

One of my favorite things is that at ICSB you can be who you are and you have many ways to express yourself. It's a very friendly environment where you are encouraged to try different things and work more on the ones you like

What has been the highlight of your senior year?

The Winter Classic, the snow fight, the last night of the high school retreat

What is an experience you've had at ICSB that you couldn't have had anywhere else?

I have experienced a lot of love and care from staff members. Being in such an interesting Christian environment with good academics - such a unique combo for me

What are some of the ways you've grown since you first came to ICSB?

In A LOT of ways. The first, of course, is academically. I was happy to grow in subjects I like, and of course, my level of English became much better. Spirituality, I grew in my faith, and I learned a lot of new and different aspects of Christianity. I was also happy to get to know people with different views and have good conversations with them. I also became more confident in some of my struggles, like a fear of stage and performance. I always had the fear, but it became much better here

Will you be attending college next year?


What college(s) have you applied to?

Sapienza University of Rome, Politecnico de Milano, Politecnico de Torino, and Eotvos Lorand Univesity

Which school will you attend?

Politecnico de Milano

What will be your major or area of focus?

Architecture/Civil Engineering

What do you hope to be doing, pursuing in 10 years?

Be happy