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November Scholars excel in Spanish, science, visual arts

The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A below features juniors and seniors. The freshmen and sophomores’ answers will be featured next issue.

The scholars are

  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith, sophomore Chloe Brown, junior Rosie Kempf, senior Zoe Libs
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler, sophomore Cade Carver, junior Ali Hornung, senior Amanda Pasierbowicz
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas, sophomore Maya Paris, junior Abby Hanlon, senior Gus Schonard

Junior Rosie Kempf, Science Scholar, Math Team, Bowling Club, Providence Players, Student Ambassador, Junior Executive Delegate House of Truth

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: One thing I like about science is how as more questions are answered, more are asked.

Q: What is your favorite science class?
A: AP Chemistry because it is challenging, but fun and interesting. 

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was the Ideal Gas Law lab in Chemistry.

Senior Zoe Libs, Science Scholar, Cheer, Math Team, Student Ambassador, SEAC and National Honors Society.

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: I like science because it’s such a vast subject and there’s always something new to learn.

Q: What is your favorite science class?
A: AP Chemistry because it involves a lot of math and labs.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was a titration lab that I did in chemistry because we got to see a  gradient of color develop in the solution.

Junior Abby Hanlon, Visual Arts Scholar, Providence Singers, Providence Players, Math Team, Student Ambassador.

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer:  I enjoy art because each person is given the ability to creatively express themselves however they want to.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class is Intro to 3D Art. This is partly because it’s the only art class I’ve taken (besides theatre), partly because it is an experimental and introductory course, and mostly because my teacher is Mrs. Burden.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is Wassily Kandinsky because of the use of abstract forms and colors throughout his work, which he used to express his “inner life.” I also admire the resemblance and connection his works had to music.

Senior Gus Schonard, Visual Arts Scholar, Sherlock Club, Tech Crew

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer:  It gives me freedom and a way to express myself.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class was Intro to 3D because we got to do a lot of what we wanted.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: I don’t have one.

Senior Amanda Pasierbowicz, Spanish Scholar, National Honor Society, Green Dot Club, Book Club, Art Club, Drawing Club, and Sherlock Club

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: Spanish has several nice attributes, from the cultures it stems from to simply the language itself. It’s an interesting experience, to say the least, trying to translate complex concepts and ideas from English into Spanish; in the end, over the years it has given me a greater appreciation for everyone who speaks more than one language.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: I enjoyed learning about Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” The Spanish culture has a really unique take on death, and I personally like the idea of celebrating the deceased’s life rather than only mourn their death. There’s a place for both, I think; mourning their death first, but then celebrating their memory as well.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: I learned some cultural things I did not know about Mexico, including a practice following the death of a loved one. Instead of having a wake at a funeral parlor, or otherwise sending the body to said parlor, they keep the casket open in the home for everyone to come and see. It stood out to me because it is very different from how wakes are held here, and altogether highlights the different approaches to death.

Junior Ali Hornung, Spanish Scholar, Volleyball, Student Ambassador.

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like being able to learn and speak in a different language.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: We have not done a project yet, but we interact with each other using Spanish all the time.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: One thing I’ve learned about this year is the culture of Spanish speaking countries. It stands out to me because Mrs. Belmonte can give first-hand examples and experiences.

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