Marauder of the Week: Friday, December 17th, 2021
For anyone that knows her, Tiffany Hu is an ideal candidate for Marauder of the Week. Her shining intellect and warm temperament are apparent upon a single interaction, whether it be as a peer or as a friend. Tiffany finds herself most captivated by a couple different subjects: English, specifically creative writing, and Math, specifically statistics. When describing the former, Tiffany emphasizes the beauty of words and how, by putting them together, they can create both “heartbreak and joy”. Storytelling has always been an outlet for her because it allows her to feel a sense of belonging. She knows that no matter if she is the only one who sees the words that flow across the paper, they matter and deserve to be heard. As for the latter, Tiffany finds that statistics is the art of confronting real world problems. She sees the beauty in the subject, saying that “unconfined, it touches every realm of information”. Through it, she is able to merge subjects she never thought possible. It is “the key to the unparalleled discovery of data into information”, Tiffany highlights.
Through her years at Belmont High School, Tiffany has encountered a couple teachers who have made a significant impact on her. Mr. Moresco is one of them, who was the one who sparked Tiffany’s interest in mathematics. He was always enthusiastic, even in her sophomore year, when she had math during the purple mod. The passion he displays for his students’ wellbeing and unique energy make him someone Tiffany strives to be like one day. Another teacher who she admires is Ms. Vultaggio, who pushed Tiffany to pursue her interest in writing. She opened new academic opportunities for her which she never thought possible. Additionally, she is always there for Tiffany when she needs someone to talk to, whether it be about school or something else.
Outside of school, Tiffany is heavily involved in the Belmont community. Aside from taking part in many volunteer opportunities around town, Tiffany is part of the science team. She is also part of the Belmont Highpoint Newspaper club where she is co-editor. Along with this, she has been recognized for her excellence in her creative writing pieces. Tiffany is most proud of herself for the way she gives back to the community. She feels that Belmont has done so much for her in her most influential years growing up, and so she hopes to return the compassion she was shown. Because of this, Tiffany is extremely passionate about improving literacy and higher education among minorities. She also wants to increase awareness of socioeconomic disparities by encouraging minority youth to break out of the boxes which history has placed them in and provide them with opportunities to pursue their passions. Tiffany encourages underclassmen to take chances in high school: “it’s okay to fail (after all, we are only human) because what’s important is that you have persevered”. You might be surprised by the result of that risk you decide to take.
By: Ani Belorian
Maria Mejia’s bright mind and kind soul shine through with every interaction, like rays of sunshine on a summer day. Through her years at Belmont High School, she has become someone that many people are proud to call a friend.
Maria’s favorite subjects include Math and History. In the former, she likes the systematic way that she can solve problems. In the latter, she is interested in learning about different cultures, like how other countries and peoples handle similar situations, and also the impact of the past on today’s world. Some of the most interesting classes that she’s taken at Belmont High School included Physics, which allowed her to look at science in a new light that satisfied her curiosity of the world around her, and every math course she’s taken. Additionally, she takes Social Justice by the Numbers this year, a class which is the best of both worlds in her eyes. It incorporates history with math and data collection. Not only is the class taught by extremely passionate teachers, but the content they teach is very informative and intriguing, leaving one thinking about the issues that we face in today’s world.
One of the most influential teachers she has had at Belmont High School has been Mr. Goldfine, whom she had junior year in Modern World History. Not only was he an amazing teacher, but he was also very supportive during the remote year, like helping with projects or with understanding something more thoroughly.
In the Belmont community, Maria is one of the co-presidents of the BHS Yoga Club. There, she facilitates a relaxing environment through yoga and meditation, because “school is stressful enough”. She also took part in the ELL mentoring program over the summer, which she is so grateful to have had the opportunity to do. She helped her “mentee” improve their English, which really hit close to home for her because English wasn’t her first language either. The experience reminded her of the many teachers and people who helped her learn it.
Maria is most passionate about the law and the justice system. She loves learning about the past and how it has an impact on our daily lives. She is also passionate about learning and achieving a higher education.
In her down time, Maria enjoys hangouts with friends and skiing. In general, she cherishes doing things that allow her to spend quality time with people. As her words of wisdom for other BHS students, Maria advises people to take advantage of the many art electives offered at the high school. Though many people want to take as many APs as possible to get into competitive schools, it is important to have a class that allows you to release the day-to-day stress. She promises, “you will end up loving it no matter what and this is coming from someone who isn’t even good at art”. We wish Maria the best of luck as she leaves behind Belmont High School and navigates her future!
By: Ani Belorian