Each week, members of the staff nominate 2 seniors for the spotlight, for outstanding accomplishments ranging from citizenship to extracurricular activities to scholastic. Our own Highpoint school newspaper staff profiles these students, and the interviews are published in the Belmont Citizen-Herald and posted on the bulletin board by the main office. We are excited for this opportunity to highlight a broad group of the amazing students at BHS!
Marauder of the Week: Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Junior Jess Giorgio
is this week’s Marauder of the Week. Friendly, kind, and resourceful, Jess is a natural leader in many ways. As one of the officers for the class of 2019, she is also the leader of the Young Democrats Club and is set to become a captain on the basketball team next year. Her goals as captain are to “revamp team values and how we work together as a unit”. In addition to extracurricular activities at the school, Jess is set to become a camp counselor this summer, calling camp a nurturing community that she is extremely proud to be a part of and contribute to. Her love for helping others shines through when she talked about her plans beyond high school, saying that although she isn’t sure what she wants to major in at college, she wants to give back to her community and spend time with other people. Jess has been a volunteer basketball coach since freshman year, and she said it has been “really fun to watch the kids grow as players and people, learning to be part of a team”. For someone working so hard in a year so fraught with academic pressure, Jess mentioned English class with Ms. Bosch being an outlet for creativity and discussion in a positive class environment, and was passionate about her takeaways from being a BHS student for the past three years, saying, “Don’t leave behind any opportunity to be unapologetically yourself”. The BHS community is lucky to have such a dedicated and unique student. Congratulations, Jess!
Marauder of the Week,
, is a caring and dedicated student. Her love for helping other students in academics and her optimistic attitude helps her stand out both inside and outside of school. Her fondest memories of Belmont High School are her experiences at the Asian American Club. She loves the feeling of being in a supportive community that allows her to both learn and teach Asian culture. Lindsay’s love for learning is also reflected in her passion for mathematics. She enjoys seeing how equations come together to form answers and appreciates the structure in the subject. Despite having math be her favorite subject, her favorite teacher is her current English teacher, Ms. Bloom. Lindsay notices how Ms. Bloom seemed to truly care for her students and appreciates how Ms. Bloom is always available to help. Under Ms. Bloom, Lindsay feels more motivated to succeed. Outside of school, Lindsay often spends her time dancing. She has been learning for the past eight years and currently knows six distinct types of dance. She can currently do ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. Out of these six types, Lindsay most enjoys contemporary. Contemporary’s flowy style helps Lindsay express herself most accurately through dancing. Lindsay’s piece of advice for underclassman is to enjoy the little things in high school and to not stress over trivial details.
Marauder of the Week: Friday, May 25th, 2018
Junior Dylan McLaughlin
is this week’s nominee for Marauder of the Week! His favorite subjects are chemistry and biology, and having just finished AP Biology, he is looking forward to taking AP Chemistry senior year. When asked about which of his teachers have been most influential for him over the course of his high school career, Dylan mentioned Ms. DeFarias and Ms. Bosch, both of whom he says “show care for you as a person, as well as an academic student”. Next year he will be a teaching assistant for Honors Biology classes, something that he hopes will help him figure out whether he likes chemistry or biology more, and which one he’d like to study in college. Outside of school, Dylan does ceramics and is on the set crew for the PAC. Someone who is proud of his academic achievements, his advice for incoming juniors is “you will be alright as long as you get it done and put in effort for it”, and he made a point of talking about also taking time to relax and enjoy being in high school. Congratulations on your nomination, Dylan!
- Elisabeth Pitts, Class of 2020
This week’s nominee for Marauder of the Week is junior Philip Scali. A student with diverse interests and many talents, Philip is one of the captains of the varsity golf team, a sport he has played every year of his high school career. In addition to golfing, he also plays on the varsity lacrosse team and hopes to make it back onto varsity for the second time during his senior year. His favorite class is You and the Law, taught by Mr. Berkman. When asked to explain, he said, “I felt that it applied to my life and it taught me some good skills that I could use throughout the rest of my life”. One of his favorite teachers is Dr. Shea, who teaches Global Leadership. Philip describes him as “very engaging, extremely personable, and someone who makes the class fun while teaching relevant things about the world”. In Global Leadership, Philip was able to examine wide-reaching issues like water crises and education in the Middle East, topics that he found to be extremely interesting. When asked if he had any advice for incoming juniors, he simply said, “Work hard”, and it’s unsurprising, as Philip himself is an embodiment of that sentiment. Congratulations on being nominated!
- Elisabeth Pitts, Class of 2020
Marauder of the Week: Friday, May 18th, 2018
, a current senior, is this week’s nominee for Marauder of the Week! Known to her friends and teachers as sincere, personable, and ambitious, Arianagrace, who likes to go by Grace, has only been at Belmont High School since October, yet she has already established herself as someone to be admired for her perseverance and hard work. When talking about her move over the summer from Kampala, the capital of Uganda, to Massachusetts, Grace touched on feeling out of place for the first few weeks of school and having to adapt to a differently-structured curriculum: "It was difficult at first, but now it's definitely gotten better.” When the conversation turned to favorite subjects, she revealed just how much she loves math and how disappointed she was at not being able to take AP classes this year due to the timing of her arrival. She has dreams of becoming a nurse but has yet to figure out what exactly she wants to major in. Now, as the year comes to a close, she is expertly juggling the English thesis, history thesis, and multiple MCAS tests that are necessary for graduation, including the physics and chemistry MCAS exams. One thing that she wishes she had more time for on a weekly basis is clubs. She said: "Sometimes I have three essays due at once, and I have to do them before everything else." She is confident that she will be able to participate more in extracurriculars while in college. The BHS community is extremely lucky to have such an assertive and inspiring senior in our midst. Congratulations, Grace!
- Elisabeth Pitts, Class of 2020
is a senior at Belmont High School. Her favorite subjects are psychology and anatomy, and she lists Ms. Bosch, Mr. Moresco, and Ms. Mastalong as teachers who had a significant influence on her life during high school. Additionally, she says that one of the most important moments for her as a student was when she received her first C, in freshman physics. Stephanie says that from that experience, she learned, “You’re going to get Cs - and sometimes you’re going to fail, in life, and you have to keep going.” She has played basketball at BHS and is a member of Black in Belmont, and she also tutors and mentors at her church. She mentions belonging to Black in Belmont as one of the parts of her high school experience that she’s proudest of, because “we’re able to help each other, and to create a community.” Stephanie wants to study medicine in college, an interest driven by her passion for helping others, especially those that can’t help themselves. To incoming BHS students, she says, “Don’t be afraid to be yourself, and to challenge yourself while you’re here.”
- Eva Hill, Class of 2018
Marauder of the Week: Friday, May 11th, 2018
The nominee for Marauder of the Week for the week of May 7th is Jake Cunningham,
a senior here at Belmont High School. Classmates and teachers know Jake as respectful, thoughtful, and incredibly funny! He talked about his favorite classes, Personal Finance and Spreadsheets: “Both classes have taught me very valuable skills about my future.” Although he loves his math classes, the teacher that has been most influential in his high school career comes from the English department. “Ms. Bosch…has been able to get me to connect with the class and what was going on in English this year. Her attitude towards things always makes me excited to go to English.” Next fall, Jake plans to study marketing at Bridgewater State University, and in the interim, he will continue to work at the Belmont Star Market, where he currently works four days a week. Jake played baseball and was awarded the Sportsmanship Award freshman year, which recognized his positive attitude and admirable work ethic both on and off the field. When he is not working, studying, or playing baseball, he really enjoys listening to music. “I find it to be very therapeutic to just sit down after a long or hard day with my headphones and just listen to my favorite bands for a couple hours. I find that the meaning of songs that I listen to are often easy to relate to.” He wants students at Belmont High School to know that “it’s important to get work done, but have fun while doing it.” Congratulations, Jake!
- Haley Brown, Class of 2018
a senior at Belmont High School, has been nominated as the Marauder of the Week for the week of May 7th! Sebastian is a polite, hardworking student who aspires to pursue a career in medicine. Though Sebastian takes great interest in subjects such as mathematics and general sciences, he is most interested in anatomy, as it is a crucial aspect of his dream job. His favorite memory from anatomy class was when his teacher, Ms. Chen, brought out a box of "vacuum-sealed packages of brains...Some people were just not ready to see that." He claims that although initially the lab entailed horror and disgust, it was overall one of the greatest learning experiences of that class. Outside of school, Sebastian is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 304 in Belmont; he took the position of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for two years. In addition, he is also a certified First Responder and volunteer with the Region 4B Medical Reserve Corps, a division of FEMA responsible for emergency medical treatment in the event of natural disasters and terrorism. While many of his peers know him as a polite, hardworking, and driven person, he hopes that the community also sees his benevolence towards the people that he cares about. Sebastian is an avid photographer who maintains a photography blog found at www.stollsphoto.blogspot.com. As a result of his well-spent high school years, he wishes that the student body will be kind to their teachers. "You might not like a certain subject or a particular teacher, however, if you are respectful and kind, they will generally do everything they can to make sure you succeed and get what you need in order to be successful. [Some] of the best assets of Belmont High School are the teachers that make up the school."
- Hoon Baeg, Class of 2019
Marauder of the Week: Friday, May 4th, 2018
is a senior at BHS. His favorite subjects at school include English, because of the course material and the discussions held in class, and science, because of the hands-on approach students are allowed to take. Zach is a member of Black in Belmont, and is helping the club plan their next steps for the legacy of the club after their teacher presentations and Diversity Week assembly. His proudest accomplishment at BHS is becoming a part of something bigger than himself through Black in Belmont, and helping to provide a safe place within the school through the club. Speaking about his experience within the BHS community, he says, “I was born with cerebral palsy...It has definitely not been easy to walk around and to be perceived as different, even though no one says it outright...But with my support system, my family and my friends, I know I can get through it.” As for advice to incoming students, he says, “There is always someone who will look out for you...You just have to find a good support system to back you up whenever need be, and don’t push yourself too hard.”
- Eva Hill, Class of 2018
a senior at Belmont High School, has been nominated as the Marauder of the Week for the week of April 30! Sam is not only outgoing, friendly, and a pleasure to be around, but he is also hardworking and truly cares about learning. He notes that his favorite subject is biology, and he finds studying cells and molecules to be very fascinating. He took honors biology as a junior and currently takes AP biology. Having had the same teacher (Mrs. Elfreth) for both years, he has formed a unique bond with her and describes her as “one of the sweetest, most exciting and passionate people” he’s met. Outside of the classroom, he participates in Belmont High School's Performing Arts Company (PAC). Some of his “closest friendships have been forged by participating” in both the PAC and chorus. Not only is Sam interested in biology and plans to study it in college, but he is also passionate about language and believes that learning “a language not only allows you to communicate with others, but it also teaches you to be persistent and positive." Sam went on to say that "It’s hard to learn a language, and if you want to succeed you need to put the work in, but ultimately it is very rewarding.” As Sam prepares to leave the high school and head to college, he advises that people should just “take everything one step at a time." He says, "Don’t rush yourself, because time will get away from you.” Congratulations, Sam, and we are all excited to see what you do with the future ahead of you!
- Haley Brown, Class of 2018
Marauder of the Week: Friday, April 27th, 2018
a senior at Belmont High School, intends to study either chemistry or computer science in college. A member of the Belmont High varsity tennis team, David works hard to be focused in practice to better himself and his teammates as tennis players. When David is not playing tennis, hanging out with friends, or studying, he enjoys spending his time designing mechanic marvels as a member of the Belmont High School robotics club. David constructs robots from scratch, and programs them to perform certain tasks. In addition, he likes playing pickup basketball with friends, and contributing to his community by volunteering, such as volunteering for the past two years to help organize and set up the annual Belmont High Coffee House, which benefits various organizations that help the homeless. David says that Belmont High is great because it’s “like a real community...it’s not a huge high school where you can’t know everybody; given the size you can really get to know everyone here in the community.” David, an honors student, would advise incoming freshmen and underclassmen to focus on time management: “I overcome that by trying to schedule out my day, but you want to find balance...you have sports and honors classes to balance so time management and really getting enough sleep is key.”
- Will Findlay
a senior in Belmont High School, was chosen as an exemplary student who exhibits dedication and leadership daily. Greta’s favorite subject is AP Psychology, and she praises its influence on her awareness and her perspective of how she views everyday life. One of the teachers who has influenced her academic success is Mr. Abruzzese, a chemistry teacher who taught Greta during her sophomore year. She views him as an extremely knowledgeable teacher who has pushed her to new academic frontiers that she did not know she was capable of reaching. Outside of school, Greta is also the captain of the varsity girls basketball team, where she led her team to the Division I State Finals after a stellar season. She is also a member of the BHS Chamber Orchestra; her love for music and her desire to interact with a diverse array of students motivates her to excel in orchestra as well. For younger students at BHS, she advises them to “enjoy it because high school can pass by super quickly.”
- David Hwang
Marauder of the Week: Friday, April 13th, 2018
is a senior at Belmont High School who intends to study criminal justice and psychology in college. Her current favorite class is “You and the Law,” and she plays on Belmont’s hockey and lacrosse teams. She has played on the varsity hockey team for all four years, and she received the Coach’s Award in lacrosse last year. The achievement that Annabel is most proud of is a project that she began planning last September and carried out in March; she brought a speaker and suicide-attempt survivor to a Belmont community event as part of a personal mission to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health problems and raise awareness and ideas for support. Annabel says that Mr. Moresco, Ms. Bosch, and Ms. Kim have been supportive and influential teachers during her high school career. As for words of wisdom for incoming BHS students, she says: “It’s definitely tough here, with the schoolwork and the pressures that we have, but it’s important to stick with it. Once you get to the spring of senior year, when you’re going off to college, a gap year, or whatever you might be doing, it all feels worth it at that point. Just stick with it.”
- Eva Hill
one of the first to be nominated as Marauder of the Week, says she has been inspired by teachers Mr. Flam and Ms. Rothenberg. She mentioned her interest in English and neurobiology; not only does she enjoy writing, but she is also very interested in what there is to learn about the human mind and what can be done with that knowledge. The Performing Arts Company, Belmont High School’s theater program, has become a very important part of Georgia’s life, along with what comes with being a part of that organization (meaning, she gets to be a part of a tight-knit community while also helping the greater BHS community). She also mentioned that her involvement in the school walkout has been important to her. When she isn’t busy juggling her many responsibilities, she enjoys volunteering, and she loves cats! With this opportunity to share her voice, she wants others to know that if they think something is wrong, they “should do and say something about it.” Congratulations, Georgia, and thank you for your involvement in the Belmont High School community!
- Stefan Iglesias, Class of 2019