Nathan Hale High School Graduate Visits and Shares Her Journey

Nathan Hale High School Graduate Visits and Shares Her Journey
Posted on 03/13/2019
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While Spanish teacher, Bridget Geboy-Helfenstein, sees a bright and exciting future in each of her students, she was pleased to learn that 2014 graduate, Jamie Trapp, has really followed her heart and pursued her dreams after high school.

“Jamie was an excellent student that worked hard and was a real leader,” explains Geboy-Helfenstein. “In the short time since she graduated, her journey has been remarkable. She has followed her passion moving away from pre-med to working for the environment.”

On March 6, 2019, Trapp returned to Nathan Hale High School and visited three classes to share her story. Her advice to students is to take risks, follow your passion and study abroad.

Some highlights include:

  • 2016 Graduate from UW-Madison Environmental Science and Film Production.

  • Studied Géologie at Háskóli Íslands, Iceland.

  • Videographer at UW-Madison Division of Recreational Sports.

  • Sea Kayak Guide at Miller’s Landing Fishing and Kayaking Outfitters, Alaska.

  • Youngest woman to kayak Bass Strait, Kent Group National Park in a world first expedition, Tasmania, Australia.

  • Successful Thru-hiker of the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,650 mile long trail across America from Mexico to Canada.

Currently, Trapp lives in California and is an environmentalist working to stop the continued spread of single use plastics in oceans. She recently earned her certification to be a Wilderness First Responder in Southern California.

“As a Hale Student, Jamie won the Principal’s Award and was an advocate for many worthy causes in our Hale community. I was lucky enough to lead her on her very first international journey to study in Costa Rica in 2013. Since that trip, Jamie has experienced the 19 countries of the world and she is working to make a difference in a positive way. We were happy she came back to speak with our students. We are all very proud of her!” adds Geboy-Helfenstein.