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Underclassman scholars excel in art, science, Spanish

The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A below features the freshman and sophomore scholars. The juniors and seniors were featured in the previous issue.

The scholars featured in this issue are

  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith and sophomore Chloe Brown
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler and sophomore Cade Carver
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas and sophomore Maya Paris

Freshman Alcindor Smith, Science Scholar, House of Truth, JV Boys Soccer, Drawing Club, Track & Field

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: I like that with science we discover new things that we didn’t know before, and we can use it to better humanity.

Q: What is your favorite science subject?
A:  My favorite is definitely genetics. I just love reading and learning about them. Genetics you can predict future traits with two people, and I love predicting the future also.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: Back in middle school we did a ton. My favorite was when we did one on tectonic plate movement. We had graham crackers and chocolate frosting, and we crushed graham crackers and moved them as if they were tectonic plates.

Sophomore Chloe Brown, Science Scholar, House of Justice

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: It is constantly all around us, but we don’t always see it.

Q: What is your favorite science subject?
A: I like chemistry because it is a lot of math, but I like biology because we learn about things happening all over our bodies and all around us all the time.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was the elephant’s toothpaste lab in chemistry [which created a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide or yeast and warm water as a catalyst].

Freshman Ana Cabezas, Visual Arts Scholar, House of Humility, Dance Team

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer: I like how you can express yourself in many unique ways. Art can be really calming and fun to do.

Q: What is your favorite form of art?
A: Sketching. It is really cool to draw objects and have them look as if it is real. Although it takes a lot of work, it is really satisfying to see my drawing in the end.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is my oldest brother Steven. He is one of the reasons I always liked to draw. He always drew pictures for my family, and he does for fun and has taught me a lot of skills.

Sophomore Maya Paris, House of Spirit, Dance Team, Girls Tennis

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer: I like having freedom to make what I want in art class, and I like being able to keep my projects.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class is ceramics because I like to work with clay and make bowls.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is Andy Warhol because his style is colorful.

Freshman Jackson Bettler, Spanish Scholar, House of Truth, Cross Country, Track, Theatre

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like that I can learn a new language and possibly be able to use it in the future.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: My favorite Spanish project so far has been learning about day of the dead.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: We learned about a lot of grammar, and I didn’t know how to talk [in Spanish] but now I can form simple sentences.

Sophomore Cade Carver, Spanish Scholar, House of Truth, Boys Basketball

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like being able to learn something new every day of class.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: My favorite Spanish project was the Dia de Muertos project. This was my favorite because I was able to bake food.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: Direct Object Pronouns have stood out to me the most because they have been the most challenging.

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