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: Friday, June 11, 2021
Lot (middle) with his piano trio
This week’s Marauder of the Week is junior Lot Bates, a passionate musician and linguaphile. His favorite class is Chinese with Ms. Gu. At an early age, Lot gained “a profound respect for Chinese language and culture” from Chinese tenants who lived in his house; he came to see Chinese as “one of the most beautiful languages.” Ms. Gu has been very influential to Lot – he calls her “a very kind human being” who gave him “motivation and resources to continue learning what [he] enjoy[s].” Lot also mentioned Ms. Melnikoff, the BHS community service director, who has helped him understand both what a “selfless person looks like” and how he can effectively help his community.
Lot enjoys playing cello in and out of BHS. At school, Lot is part of the Chamber Orchestra. Outside of school, he plays in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the ChamberMusicLab at Rivers School Conservatory. Along with his friend Gaeun Lee, a pianist, he will play Shostakovich’s “Trio No. 2” and Brahms’s “Trio No. 1.” His love for music also inspired him to mentor younger students through Belmont’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter; he will serve as the chapter’s secretary next year. Lot used to be on the boys’ cross country and track teams, and could run a mile in “4:47,” but he “discontinue[d]'' his running to focus on music and academics. Additionally, he does community service with the Belmontian club – this school year he served as its treasurer, and as a senior he will be its co-president – and earned a gold President’s Volunteer Service Award last year. Another of Lot’s many passions is cooking. He likes experimenting with “different tastes and cultural culinary specialties,” and has made dishes including Kimchi, Phô, and Korean hotpot. Still, he always returns to his favorite baked good: “Banana bread.”
Lot’s advice for other BHS students is that “the teachers at BHS really support you, and if you show them your interest… they are bound to reciprocate [with] their joy of teaching you.” Lot finds it important to be kind, because, in his words, “[I]t makes every environment I am in feel more supportive. I hope everyone can be kind and accepting.”
By Joel Iglesias
Read more about our other exceptional students on the Marauders of the Week page