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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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September Scholars excel in math, theology, English

New this year is the Leaders and Scholars program. Each month, students will be recognized by their teachers or House leaders. This month, one student from each grade was nominated by their teachers in English, math, and theology. This month’s September Scholars for English are freshman Audrey Howell, sophomore Craig Bratcher, junior Drew Jones, and senior Joey Banet; for math freshman Casey Kaelin, sophomore Maddie Beyl, junior Laura Strahm, and senior Austin Grantz; and for theology freshman KB Merchant, sophomore Jake Miller, junior Sam Bowles, and senior Nolan Banet

English:
Freshman Audrey Howell, House of Spirit, Quick Recall, Book Club, Swim & Dive, and Track & Field

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: I love to read new books, discuss them, and write.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: I don’t think I could choose just one book, but the best book I’ve read recently is called Throne of Glass because there were so many different plot twists throughout the story. It was well thought out, and it was overall an interesting book.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Sarah J. Maas because the books that I’ve read from her have been planned well and enthralling.

Sophomore Craig Bratcher, House of Faith, Football, and Track

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: My favorite thing about English class is the group discussions.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: My favorite book would have to be the Harry Potter series because of the amazing world it creates.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is J. K. Rowling, because she created my favorite book series.

Junior Drew Jones, House of Spirit, plans to be in Green Dot and National Honor Society and start up a spikeball club

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: I enjoy that English class is somewhat opinionated, and allows you to express your thoughts and feelings about various subjects.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. We read it in 10th grade English, and it’s a very touching, intense story about the lives of people (especially women) in Afghanistan during the late 20th century.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is Stephen King because of how creative and unique all of his stories are. I also find it very interesting that a lot of his stories have been made into very successful films. Some of these include The Shining, Carrie, and It.

Senior Joey Banet, House of Integrity
Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: It gives me a chance to fully express myself though my writing.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: “I, Me, Mine” By George Harrison

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is Timothy Zahn because I really enjoy science fiction novels, especially the Star Wars novels, which he has written a lot of, and his novels do a great job in making you feel like you’re in a whole other world.

Math:
Freshman Casey Kaelin, House of Integrity, travel/school baseball and basketball

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math because there is one definitive answer, it doesn’t involve a lot of writing, and I’m good with numbers.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite subject is algebra because it is like putting pieces together to solve a puzzle.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I always figure out the tip when we go to different restaurants. I also like to calculate my stats in basketball and baseball.

Sophomore Maddie Beyl, House of Justice, and JV and varsity Volleyball teams

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math class because there is always a correct answer, which gives me stability in knowing I have been successful in something that isn’t up for debate.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite type of math class is algebra because solving for variables is more intriguing than that of a shape or something in another form of math.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I use math to calculate scores of sports games, times, and test scores.

Junior Laura Strahm, House of Courage, Cheerleading

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math class because I enjoy working with numbers and getting one specific answer unlike some other subjects.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite type of math is algebra because a lot of algebra has pattern,s and this year in Algebra 2 I’ve already learned how algebra is connected to so many different things in everyday life.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: The most unusual way I’ve used math in everyday life is when I’m planning my day. I wake up at a certain time and figure out how much time I have to get ready before leaving. I balance cheer, work, and homework and see when and how much time I have to do my homework every day.

Senior Austin Grantz, House of Justice, Boys Basketball, Track, and community service for In Heaven’s Eyes

Question: What do you like about Math class?
Answer: Numbers are practical and for the most part, there’s only one definite answer.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite math subject is algebra, not only because it’s my strongest area, but also because it can be used in everyday life, and it’s helpful in many careers that interest me.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I would say I eat more at lunch than the average student, which means I have to calculate the number of servings (which has been up to four) and the cost per serving so that I don’t run up my lunch account.

Theology:
Freshman KB Merchant, House of Integrity, Dance Team, and theatre, including community theatre at Clarksville Little Theatre and Derby Dinner Playhouse

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I get to widen my faith and learn about the different parts of the Bible.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: Saint Genesuis. Because he is the patron saint of actors, dancers, singers, and musicians. It’s pretty cool knowing I have a saint who watches over me while I do what I love!

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: I loved doing written affirmations. You don’t know who writes them, but when people say good things about you and you can go back and read them, it’s a pretty good feeling!

Sophomore Jake Miller, House of Integrity, Swim & Dive

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I like to learn about God and my relationship with him.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: Saint Peregrine Laziosi. He is the patron saint of healing, and I look to him whenever I am sick and/or injured.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A. My favorite retreat experience is my freshman year retreat. I learned so much about my relationship with God on this retreat.

Junior Sam Bowles, House of Humility junior executive delegate, Student Ambassador, Church Connect group, Boys Tennis

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I can delve deeper into my faith beliefs and learn more about the Church and its history that I didn’t know before.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: St. Michael because I really appreciate the work he does for me considering turning me away from sin and the devil and closer to God. St. Anthony is up there too because he has helped me find multiple lost objects in my life.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: I really liked the sophomore retreat because I felt a lot of God’s presence in my life and knew he was with me in every minute. I also established a strong connection with Mary there.

Senior Nolan Banet, House of Loyalty, Volleyball videographer, Quick Recall, National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, and spring musical.

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: It gives me a lot of opportunities to participate. I enjoy responding to questions and sharing my thoughts about the faith with the class.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: I admire Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky because he was very dedicated to his work like I feel that I am and he was willing to interact with people he didn’t know. He is a model for me in the way that he adapted to new situations.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat was sophomore retreat because I had the opportunity to help the poor and get a better understanding of the less fortunate. I was empowered to participate in service afterward.

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