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College Circuit: Joseph Walsh

The American University (AU) is a private research institution located in Washington DC, with more than 13,000 enrolled students. 2018 alumni Joseph Walsh is currently a freshman at the university. He spoke to The Circuit’s Alexis Epstein.

What made you choose to go to American University?
I chose American University because of its proximity to the Capitol and the seat of American government. I have access to a wide swath of opportunities, such as tons of positions and internships in the government that I can work in, both on and off of Capitol Hill. This will help to bolster my career. I’m majoring in CLEG, which stands for Communication, Legal Studies, Economics and Government. This major [CLEG] is unique to AU because it is the only school that offers [CLEG] and has given me greater freedom in learning about public policy and how a country functions.

How did the Bay help prepare you for AU?
The Bay helped me prepare for AU by offering great [advanced placement] courses that gave me a head start for AU, such as American History and Comparative Government. American History and my Government classes helped me by enabling me to bypass their equivalent courses at AU and take more advanced courses earlier. Both of these topics are a part of my AU curriculum.

What advice would you give to anyone who is deciding to go to AU?
Definitely get in touch with your AU adviser. I reached out to the person who represented students from the south and he really helped me understand what I needed to do to get into AU. Also, [talking with the AU adviser is] a great way to network and get to know other prospective students coming from South Florida.

What makes AU unique?
AU’s proximity to the Capitol and [the university’s] relatively suburban environment make it really unique in comparison to the other DC schools. Schools like Georgetown and [George Washington] are further into the city and are more bustling and city-like. AU is further away from the city, so it is much calmer. Plus, whenever I need to go into the city, I can just take the Metro.

What were your expectations of American University before becoming a student compared to now?
Before coming to AU, I was worried that [the university] would be much more competitive and stressful than high school and I thought I’d have to work much harder just to stay sane. It turns out that everything isn’t necessarily easier than high school, but it is more manageable. I’m able to make my own schedule that works for me. I have much more personal freedom and I have a great support network of close friends and advisers to help me if I find myself in trouble.

What opportunities have you had as a student at American University?
I intend to intern for the [Central Intelligence Agency] next summer, which can very easily translate into a full time paid job after I graduate. I’ve had opportunities to meet congresspeople and [to] network; I have made great lasting friendships.

Where do you prefer living: Weston or Washington DC? Why?
I truly do prefer living in Washington DC, as the experiences I’ve had and the friendships I’ve made are unique to this city; [the experiences and friendships] will stick with me for the rest of my life. Also, Washington doesn’t get hurricanes. On the one hand, in Weston, [the people in Weston] lose electricity and [Weston] roads are closed thanks to hurricanes. On the other, in DC, all it takes is two inches of snow to close the whole city. In both instances I get to skip class, so in the end I still win.


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Unique interests deepen passions

BY ISABELLA GROGAN

When sophomore Marcela Biggs was eight years old, she said her fascination with goats started to grow. Biggs said her obsession with goats has no origin, and she merely likes the animals because they are cute. According to Biggs, all of her friends know about her interest in goats and have nicknamed her “Mamma Goat”.

“Whenever I get called Mamma Goat, I feel happy because that means people know I love goats,” Biggs said. “Whenever I hear my nickname, Mamma Goat, it makes me feel accepted [because] people aren’t judging me.”

According to Biggs, ever since last summer, she has spent her time volunteering at goat farms. As soon as she saw a sponsored post on Instagram of a farm in Southwest Ranches, Biggs said she was interested in volunteering there.

“Working with [goats] makes me feel happy because I love them so much,” Biggs said. “When I saw the post [of the goat farm in Southwest Ranches], I knew I had to look into it.”

Even though Biggs said she doesn’t want a career involving working with goats, she said she would love to keep volunteering at goat farms because she loves caring for the animals.

“I don’t see myself spending my life working on a farm [with goats] because that’s not really me,” Biggs said. “I’d rather have a job working as an interior designer and just play with goats when I feel like it.”

For sophomore Julia Meneses, she said she used to be obsessed with cleaning her hands. According to her, she couldn’t stand how many germs were on her hands because they could cause sickness.

“I just remember thinking that my hands carried so many germs and I needed to clean them in order to maintain healthiness,” Meneses said. “After I washed my hands, I felt like the germs were gone, and once I felt like they were gone, it put my mind at ease.”

According to Meneses, her need to clean her hands came from her older sister. She said her sister taught her how many germs are present in what people touch and the world. Meneses said she hated getting sick, so she tried to prevent germs as much as possible.

“My sister used to [wash her hands a lot] when she was little because she watched the movie Osmosis Jones and [the movie] petrified her,” Meneses said. “My sister opened my eyes to how many germs can get on our hands.”

Health Science 1 and 2 Honors teacher Richard Boulger said he is captivated with watching Dr. Pimple Popper videos. Boulger said he became interested in watching these videos because he used to watch the show, Botched, often. While watching Botched, Boulger said a commercial for Dr. Pimple Popper came on and he became intrigued.

“[Watching the Dr. Pimple Popper videos] just amaze me how people let [their pimples] get that bad, before they go and get [their pimples] taken care of,” Boulger said. “After watching the videos, I’m amazed at how cool and gross [popping pimples] is all at the same time.”

Before Boulger was a teacher, he said he was a paramedic. According to him, he has seen many disgusting sights such as a man whose body got split in half and a little boy who got a pencil stuck through his foot. Due to his past career, he said the Dr. Pimple Popper shows don’t gross him out.

“Compared to the things I’ve seen working as a paramedic, these [Dr. Pimple Popper shows] don’t bother me,” Boulger said. “But, I can see how some students who haven’t been exposed to gross things yet could find popping pimples gross.”

Biggs’s passion for goats has led her to be a more confident person because she said embracing her obsession lets her know that she isn’t being judged.

“I’ve learned to embrace my strange obsession [of liking goats] and not feel embarrassed by it or try to hide it,” Biggs said. “I don’t feel embarrassed by [liking goats] because my friends make me feel comfortable being myself.”

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College Circuit: Samantha Rosenberg

The University of Michigan (U-M) is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with more than 46,000 enrolled students. 2018 alumna Samantha Rosenberg is currently a freshman at the university. She spoke to The Circuit’s Alexis Epstein.

How did the Bay help prepare you for the University of Michigan?
Since the Bay offered a lot of Advanced Placement classes, I got to experience higher-level courses similar to college courses while I was still in high school. [Taking college leveled classes has] prepared me for the rigor of the classes in college.

What advice would you give to anyone who is deciding to go to U-M?
Any advice I would give is to show interest in the school. Tons of students apply to Michigan, so [applicants] need to show the readers of the application what they did to stand out and why they want to go to Michigan over any other school.

What makes U-M unique?
What makes U-M unique is the students. Most of the students here have a good work-life balance. The students here are well rounded, which is so important in today’s society. They are able to focus on their classes and do well in school, but also enjoy college, whether it be extracurriculars, sporting events or friends.

What were your expectations of the University of Michigan before becoming a student compared to now?
I thought that college would be harder and that the teachers would be much stricter, but I am actually finding the classes to be manageable and the teachers are great. Overall, my expectations have been exceeded. I have never loved a school so much. The clubs I am involved in have already taught me so much and I have found a balance between my school and social life.

What is your favorite part about the University of Michigan?
My favorite part about Michigan is all of the amazing friends I have made. I have friends from all over the country and they are some of the best people I have ever met. Besides my friends, another favorite part about U-M is definitely the school spirit. On game days, the entire town is focused on the game and the feeling of everyone coming together is amazing.

Where do you prefer living: Weston or Ann Arbor? Why?
It is hard to tell because [Weston and Ann Arbor] are so different. I love living in Ann Arbor because it is such a great college town. As a student, there is so much to do and the whole town is filled with school spirit, especially during game days. I prefer living in Ann Arbor as a college student because it has a great college town and Weston can get boring at times [because] there is not much to do.


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Study abroad opportunities spark interests

BY SABRINA BLANDON
ONLINE FEATURES EDITOR

After graduating high school, junior Riley Carpinteri said she plans on spending her sophomore year of college studying abroad in New Zealand or Australia. Ever since Carpinteri’s grandparents showed her pictures of their adventures in New Zealand, she said she has wanted to visit.

“When I saw those pictures, I was just in awe of how beautiful [New Zealand] was,” Carpinteri said. “When they told me their adventures, it made me want to go out into the world and make my own [adventures].”

Carpinteri said she has been thinking about studying abroad ever since seventh grade when her older cousin did so in Prague. After hearing about his experiences, she said she too wanted to travel to a different country to get new academic perspectives.

“When [my cousin] came back, he was filled with so many stories and memories,” Carpinteri said. “It made me realize that going to college isn’t just about studying; it’s about getting to live new experiences.”

While World History teacher Ches Kanno never had the chance to study abroad, he said he thinks studying abroad is an incredible opportunity for students.

“Learning is relative. I think [studying abroad] is wonderful. I wish I had the opportunity to do things differently,” Kanno said. “I definitely would have taken that route, but it wasn’t known to me. I’ve learned that it is changing people’s views [of the world].”

Kanno said he has had the opportunity to travel to over seventy-two countries. For instance, he has been to China, Japan and Thailand.

“When I lived abroad, I got a taste as to what it would be like to perhaps study and it exposed [me] to [so] much more,” Kanno said. “The point of an education is to really expose you and challenge you in the most basic ways; to make you see [the] truth in other people’s’ lives.”

Although Kanno said studying abroad is an enriching experience, he said certain atmospheres can be distracting for students.

“[Studying abroad] comes down to basic discipline; you have to know your limitations,” Kanno said. “If you are living in a city that’s popping, you are going to have to learn how to manage your time. But again, the cost benefit is definitely worth it.”

Like Kanno, sophomore Asma Ansari said she feels studying abroad is great way for students to become more independent and open-minded in their studies. However, she said she is not thinking of studying abroad once she graduates.

“Currently, I am more occupied with studies here at the Bay, so I haven’t considered going elsewhere to study,” Ansari said. “Perhaps later on, after being in college for a couple semesters, I will consider this prospect.”

Despite her decision of not going abroad, Ansari said if she had one place to go to for her studies, she would choose Mexico. Like Carpinteri, Ansari believes traveling to another country to learn could be an enriching experience.

“I would like to go to a Spanish speaking country to hone my Spanish skills,” Ansari said. “Mexico would be a great place because it has many traditions and the culture is great there.”

Although students, such as Ansari, said they are still considering the option of studying abroad, Carpinteri said she believes it is a great way to learn something new.

“Studying abroad can be a great opportunity for everyone because you are able to learn something new in a new place,” Carpinteri said. “I’m very excited to study abroad once I leave the Bay. I feel like it’ll give me more growth as a person.”

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Alumni Strike: Isabella DeSheplo

BY SABRINA BLANDON
ONLINE FEATURES EDITOR

Alumna Isabella DeSheplo, who graduated from the Bay in 2016, has spent her last two summers at the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya working as a political intern. During the first summer of her internship, she said she busied herself with the 2017 Kenyan General Election. This past summer, however, DeSheplo was able to learn more about human rights work in Kenya through attending her first United Nations Summit.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to intern there because not many people can say they interned at the Embassy,” DeSheplo said. “I was lucky to get the opportunity that I did. It was an absolute privilege to represent the United States.”

When DeSheplo was 17, her father moved to Kenya. As a result, she said she decided to intern in Nairobi so she could be close to her family during the summers.

“I wanted to stay close to my family no matter what, so deciding to move to Kenya was not a hard decision for me,” DeSheplo said. “I enjoyed the opportunities I had [while I was there]. Many events stick with me. For instance, [during] my first summer, my favorite events were attending our embassy’s Fourth of July celebration and getting a taste of how foreign elections operate.”

DeSheplo said her second summer interning was an incredible experience, as she saw the president of Kenya speak at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi and visited a multitude of embassies in the city of Nairobi.

“Seeing the president [of Kenya] speak was really breathtaking,” DeSheplo said. “Besides seeing the president, I was able to witness a Kenyan choir perform the national anthem of Kenya for the Fourth of July. I teared up thinking that this is something special.”

Currently, DeSheplo is involved in many organizations while pursuing a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Alabama (UA). She said she is involved in the Blackburn Institute, a civic leadership program dedicated to bettering the state of Alabama and the student government association at UA. According to DeSheplo, being involved in all these programs has helped her to better understand political issues.

“I wanted to make the most of my four years in [Alabama], so during the spring of my freshman year, I threw myself fully into the deep end. While I’m always busy, some of my closest friendships have blossomed from these different ends of campus,” DeSheplo said. “I can’t wait to see how these organizations help shape my upperclassmen years at Alabama.”

Sophomore Ryan Murphy attends UA alongside Desheplo. He said the internship she did at the embassy was perfect for her, as he has seen her love for being involved in foreign affairs.

“Diplomacy and statesmanship are obvious passions of [Deshplo],” Murphy said. “The goals she sets for herself are clearly aimed toward putting herself in the best position to serve other people.”

Murphy said he is impressed with DeSheplo’s drive to work at what she wants. He said her determined personality will get her whatever she wants in life.

“When you see her, you see how driven she is to work at what she loves,” Murphy said. “She’s always been involved in the organizations, but with her internship you can see her working harder.”

According to DeSheplo, the internship at the embassy will be one she will always remember because she made many valuable connections and unforgettable memories.

“The internship has helped shaped me into a better person because now I have a better handle on how politics work,” DeSheplo said. “I always knew I wanted to be in political affairs, but this internship has helped me finalize my decision when it comes to my future.”

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Personality Profile: Leah Lipke

BY ILYSSA MANN

Ever since the 2016 Trump election, junior Leah Lipke said political issues have encapsulated her. She said her passions for topics such as gun regulations and women’s rights have inspired her to speak with politicians and express what changes she wants to bring to the United States.

“Trump’s win [has] revealed issues to me that I wanted to work to fight against and combat with my actions,” Lipke said. “Now it is finally my turn to articulate myself and fight for the things that are important to myself and the people around me.”

Social studies teacher and adviser of the Law and Justice club Wendy Wuenker, said Lipke takes initiative in issues involving gun regulations and school safety. She said Lipke is definitely making a change in these areas.

“Leah doesn’t have to be reminded as to what to do as she takes initiative, which sets her apart from most students her age that I have experienced,” Wuenker said.

Because of this passion, in March, Lipke went to The March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. with the Gifford’s foundation. Alongside Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, she said she spoke to many members of Congress about gun regulations.

“We were able to speak with various politicians; some of which closed their doors on us,” Lipke said. “I guess we were somebody that they weren’t prepared to help, because they didn’t want to change gun regulations and that taught me a lesson on how not everyone will be open to your ideas of positive change.”

Due to her age, Lipke said her opinions are not always respected, and this has proved to be a challenge to her at times. However, she said she will continue to make herself heard when it comes to the issues that are important to her.

“It has [been] revealed to me that not everybody will want to listen to your story and you will not always find a public and an audience that will want to help you create a positive change for your community,” Lipke said.

Junior Julietta Bea, a close friend of Lipke’s, said she has supported her in all of her achievements.

“Watching someone who you consider a close friend strive to these lengths in following their passion is inspiring,” Bea said. “A lot of people, both minors and adults, could learn something from [Lipke].”

Bea said she was especially proud and impressed by Lipke in her efforts to regulate gun laws by going to D.C. and speaking to officials by holding a press conference on Capitol Hill.

“The fact that she is only sixteen, and has privately spoken with Joe Biden and various other politicians, just shows how determined she is in making this country a better place for herself, her family, friends and really anyone that lives in the United States,” Bea said.

Wuenker said Lipke would be ranked in the top five percent of the students she has taught with regards to her responsibility, maturity, fairness and honesty. She said Lipke has taken time to narrow down her goals and is doing something about achieving them right now.

“Leah is a fierce, independent and capable person and will be very successful in whatever path she chooses for her career,” Wuenker said. “I would feel relieved to have someone such as Leah as a leader in the political world because I know she would be honest, display integrity and is compassionate toward the needs of all people.”

While Lipke said she is not certain that her actions are making a difference, she said she will invest everything she has inside of her to accomplish her goals. Furthermore, the one lesson Lipke said she will remember from all of this is her rejection from the people in the Senate and what it has taught her.

“That rejection, when the people in the Senate quite literally shut their doors on our faces, has helped me grow stronger,” Lipke said. “It has helped me in not only pursuing policy, but also in my day to day life. I realized that I will be rejected, but I will also be able to fight against it.”

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College Circuit: Ryan Scanlon

BY GABY MCMILLAN

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private college located in Savannah, Georgia. SCAD specializes in careers of Interior Design, Architecture and Graphic Art. 2018 alumna Ryan Scanlon is currently a freshman at the university, majoring in Production Design for theme parks and attractions.

 Why did you choose to attend SCAD?

I have almost always wanted to pursue Themed Entertainment Design, or the design of theme parks and similar experiences. I first heard about SCAD because they were the only school to offer a degree for Themed Entertainment Design, so I knew my best option was to go there.

What advice would you give to anyone who is deciding to go to SCAD?

I would definitely recommend SCAD to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Of course, it depends on what specifically you’d like to go into. [However,] SCAD has an amazing set of resources that [will] help you build on whatever skills you’re passionate about.

What has been your favorite experience so far studying at SCAD?

My favorite experience so far from studying at SCAD has been living in Savannah. I have never lived in [a] city like this before, since it is half historical and half modern. I have also had a lot of unique experiences just from walking around and exploring. SCAD is in Savannah, which is the most haunted city in America, so there’s a bunch of ghost tours and haunted places I’ve explored that are really interesting. SCAD even had a ghost themed masquerade ball for Halloween which was unlike anything I’ve ever attended for school before.

Has your college experience been drastically different than your high school experience?

[My college experience has] definitely been extremely different. Adjusting to a new place and new responsibilities all at once was a lot to handle. But, I prefer it so much more, as I am able to take courses that match my specific interest. Also, although living on your own has more responsibilities involved, I like that I’m in control of everything.

Do you believe SCAD has helped you develop skill sets which you value?

I wholeheartedly believe I have developed certain skill sets more in the short time I have spent so far at SCAD than I have ever before in my life. SCAD is a really interesting school because even its general education courses are designed to help people in creative fields specifically. For example, I just took a speech course that was more centered on the best way to communicate original creative ideas you might have to an audience rather than general public speaking.

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Alumni Strike: Heather Molina Macfie

BY REMI SCHWARTZ

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Alumna Heather Molina Macfie graduated from the Bay in 2004 and achieved her goal of becoming an engineer for Tesla cars. After graduating, Macfie took her education to Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Management.

“Being an engineer is thrilling,” Macfie said. “I was able to be a part of [engineering] competitions in college and now I am one of the creators of things at Tesla. I was always passionate about math and knew that doing something I love was the right fit that led me to engineering.”

According to Macfie, engineering competitions were exciting because they allowed her to showcase her passion. In college, she was involved in a competition called Formula SAE, where collegiate teams design and build small race cars.

“Competition was always exciting and extremely interesting when it came down to working on cars,” Macfie said.

Once the competition ended, Macfie met with someone who worked at an oilfield services company called Schlumberger. As a result, this person connected Macfie with the recruiters of the company, and she got a job as a Wireline Field Engineer in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“With this opportunity, I saw firsthand what engineers did,” Macfie said. “I saw how much effort is put into something and what it takes to make something incredible.”

After college, Macfie went on to work for Tesla. She said she loves the challenges the company creates for the team of making something impossible become possible.

“Tesla culture doesn’t allow for the notion of ‘impossible,’” Macfie said. “This creates an interesting work environment because once ‘impossible’ is eliminated as an option, everyone is forced to consider how to make seemingly-impossible things happen.”

Macife said her experiences at the Bay helped her get to where she is today. She said the lessons she learned with Mu Alpha Theta (MAO), which was under the direction of Vice Principal Marianela Estripeaut, was the start of finding her career of becoming an engineer.

“I loved math and [Estripeaut] made it fun and challenging,” Macfie said. “ When it came time to start considering colleges and majors, Mrs. Estripeaut encouraged me to consider engineering as a career path.”

Macfie said she got a better understanding of using math in the real world in Estripeaut’s math class.

“My teachers did an incredible job of setting the bar for our education really high without us realizing,” Macfie said. “As a result, I went to college with a much stronger foundation than my peers.”

Estripeaut said she asked Macfie to join MAO because she saw something special in her. She said Macfie added the spunk, knowledge and friendship that MAO needed.

“[Macife] was the only girl [on the competitive team] and she became the glue that held everyone together,” Estripeaut said.

Estripeaut said Macife was always giving her all in class and in math club, where she challenged herself in whatever came her way.

“[Macfie] was a brilliant mind from the second she walked in my math class,” Estripeaut said. “I knew that she was special and that she would excel at life.”

During the 2003 school year, Estripeaut said she and her husband took the team to a competition and that is where career choices became a discussion for Macfie.

“We all wanted to know what  [Macife]  was going to do, and my husband, who is a Georgia Tech alumni, told her to consider the school as well as a career in math, such as engineering,” Estripeaut said.

After Macfie applied to GT, Estripeaut said she knew she was going to go on and be successful with whatever she did.

“Seeing that [Macife] works for Tesla, I couldn’t be more proud of that girl,” Estripeaut said. “I was proud of her from the first day and I will be proud of her forever.”

 

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Winter break invokes holiday travels

BY DEVIN PABIAN

When the holiday break begins, freshman Trevor Thacker said he wants to travel to New York to visit his family. Thacker said he and his family go every year, and he looks forward to spending quality time with the family members he rarely sees.

“My family started this tradition because we never see this part of my family and my parents thought it would be a good idea to go during Winter Break since I wouldn’t miss school,” Thacker said. “[Traveling to New York] is one of my favorite things that I do all year. I wouldn’t want to spend my holidays any other way.”

In addition to visiting family, he said he enjoys seeing all the snow New York receives, as it is different from the hot and humid weather in Florida.

“My little sister loves to roll around in the snow and it reminds me of when I was younger and used to roll around too,” Thacker said.

Like Thacker, Spanish 2 and 3 honors teacher Mileidy Milone said she has some big plans for this year’s holiday break. She said she and her family are traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru.

“I cannot wait for all the fun times my family is going to have [in Machu Picchu],” Milone said. “My family and I have been looking forward to this trip for so long.”

Milone said the trip is going to consist of hiking in the Andes mountains, which is something she has always longed to do.

“The hiking through the breathtaking scenery [in the Andes] is going to be an amazing time,” Milone said.

According to Milone, she said she is most excited to spend quality time with her family and enjoy the culture and food they will discover.

“This [trip] is going to be the best trip that our family has ever taken,” Milone said. “I am so thrilled to see what Machu Picchu has in store for us.”

Last year during the holiday season, freshman Nicolas Pineda travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain with his family. He said they took this trip to see what Spain had to offer, and Spain blew away his expectations.

“My family wanted to travel somewhere new and winter break was the ideal time to go since the weather was really nice and I didn’t have to miss any school,” Pineda said. “[Going to Spain] was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.”

Pineda said the highlight of the trip was going to a Real Madrid soccer game. He said it was so surreal to be in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which he had seen pictures of and watched on television for many years.

“The atmosphere of a Spanish soccer game is different than anything I have been to before,” Pineda said. “There is just so much energy in the fans. It was so exciting to be there.”

Pineda said this was a trip he hopes to take again soon, as there were so many more destinations he wanted to experience. For instance, he said he wants to go to the exotic beaches and to Ibiza.

“I know [travelling to Spain] is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I would love to go back [to Spain] sometime in the future,” Pineda said. “I know there is so much more to experience in this great place.”

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Faculty expands as student body grows

BY GABRIELLA MCMILLAN

With the Bay’s growing student body, the school had to hire new faculty members, including Debate 1 and 2 Honors teacher Rachel West. Before coming to the Bay, West taught at Western Kentucky University (WKU) as a graduate assistant. However, she said teaching at the Bay is more favorable because of its constructive environment.

“[The Bay] has built such a unique and positive culture that I have [never] seen at [any] other high school. It is positive and uplifting,” West said. “The teachers respect the students and the students respect the teachers and administration. It’s overall a very positive and surprisingly fun environment for a school.”

As the Bay has many similar programs as WKU, such as Debate, West said moving here was not a difficult transition. She said she decided to switch to the Bay after her friend recommended it to her.

“[My friend] told me that [the Bay] is very academically rigorous and competitive in debate, so [I knew] it would be very similar to the experience I had teaching college classes,” West said.

In addition to the similar programs, West said the students have made her transition into the school easier.

“I love the students. Every student that I’ve come across has a new story to tell and something new to share that they [the students] are very passionate and genuinely excited for,” West said. “It’s the high of my day when I see them learning something new; it is why I do what I do.”

Freshman Christopher Jones said West has shown a personality that will help debate students get on the right track for learning how to get better.

“Ms. West’s fun personality influences the class by helping us feel more awake and giving us a good attitude in first period,” Jones said.

According to Jones, West helps her students develop their debate skills in a fun way by doing interactive activities with them.

“My favorite part about the class is when Ms. West lets us choose our own topics for speeches. I feel like it lets us be more creative with our work,” Jones said. “We also play this debating game called Super Fight and it’s really fun and makes the class enjoyable.”

Like West, Michael Albiez joined [the Bay] this school year as an English 3 teacher. He said he chose the Bay because of its stellar reputation.

“I heard that [the Bay] was one of the best [schools] and I have not been disappointed thus far,” Albiez said. “I love it. The staff is excellent and the students are fantastic. There are a lot of intelligent and creative minds.”

To Albiez, teaching at the Bay is an enjoyable experience because of the students and their individualities.

“I enjoy teaching here because of the amazing students that [the] Bay has and all the great, intelligent, talented kids here,” Albiez said.

According to Albiez, the staff and students give the [Bay] a positive and supporting environment that to be a part of, he said he cannot wait.

“[The Bay] has a positive environment because of the amazing staff and students here,” Albiez said. “They [all] work together for a common goal and their general success.”

 

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