By Julianna Mirabile
Christopher Currie is a current Glenelg High School Senior who will be attending Morehouse College in the honors program on a full scholarship this fall. He will be majoring in Biology, minoring in Spanish, and will be continuing his basketball career as well. To be eligible, he must maintain a 3.0 GPA, which won’t be difficult for Currie, because he has kept up with a 4.3 GPA throughout his high school years.
Being academically intelligent isn’t his only strength. Currie has been playing basketball since he was seven years old and has been a team member of Heat, Force, Howard County Elite, Baltimore United, Folly Quarter, and Glenelg teams throughout middle and high school. He says that making the high school team has increased his basketball abilities and helped him gain newfound friendships with those that have similar interests in the sport. While he will be joining the college team, he says that in order to balance out sports and academics he will need to, “Manage [his] time responsibly and keep practicing on and off the court.” Becoming the successful student athlete he is today, he says he is giving credit to his father, who has high expectations of him. Also, taking higher level AP classes, such as Biology AP with Mr. Johnson, has helped Currie succeed. Currie says that, “AP Biology made me realize that this is what I want to study in college.” His interest in Biology led to him getting an internship at IMET in Baltimore, helping with cancer research and finding different ways to cure it. Having this internship taught Currie independence and responsibility. The focus of this opportunity had Currie working hard throughout the past year.
While at Glenelg, Currie has participated in basketball, track, National Honor Society(NHS), Spanish NHS, and the Black Student Union. He explained that being in these clubs has helped him meet new people and gave him scholarship opportunities. Currie says that, “It is not as easy as they all say it is. Just don’t procrastinate with college applications and apply for scholarships.” He also adds that the quote he lived by throughout the past four years was, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, by Wayne Gretzsky. Although Currie will miss the memories he has experienced at Glenelg, he can’t wait to be independant and start his new life at Morehouse College.
Michael Leard: A Dessert Theater Leader
By Samantha Larson
An extrovert is someone who is outgoing, expressive, and enthusiastic. Extroverts do well in social situations, and are generally assertive and friendly people. Michael Leard is your perfect example of a extrovert.
Leard has been in theater classes for many years. Many students in these classes have watched him prance around the stage playing improv games, rehearsing monologues, and taking on roles. He’s excitable, comedic, and talks really really fast.
Leard was elected to be a Desert Theater leader for six period’s show. Desert Theater is a performance put on every year by the advanced theater classes. It encompasses a multitude of skits taken from Saturday Night Live, Studio C, and sometimes original scenes created by the students. Everyone in the class has multiple roles to play and responsibilities to uphold. Leard is a leader along with Jess Foster. When asked about what the exact roles of a Desert Theater leader might be, he said,“We pick out the scenes that we like from the ‘yes’ pile and assign who gets what roles and then we decided when it goes into the show and basically we set the whole show up.”
It's a lot of responsibility. Leard and Foster (with guidance from Ms. Sharp) construct the whole show - for the most part. All of the Desert Theater scenes are brought in by students and together the leaders and the students sift through the scenes and choose the best ones.
In the classroom, Leard may seem like theater is his biggest passion, however, he's actually very interested in aeronautical science. He's planning to major in the field for college. It's a fascinating passion that many high school students don't carry interest in. Leard, however, is very devoted to aeronautical science, and I feel sure he will find success and wonder in the field. He’s very skilled at the art of becoming a character, and not letting what others think of him obstruct his performances.
In theater class, something that stands out about Leard, is his lack of fear. A large reason why many high school students don't join theater is because of stage fright. It's a very valid fear, and can definitely throw a wrench in your performance. When asked about he he overcomes stage-fright, he talked about an age old trick.
“I had stage fright in elementary school, and I was taught to imagine everyone naked. It’d make you laugh, and think ‘they're weirder looking than I am’.”
For introverts, this would just make them uncomfortable, however it’s easy to see how well this notion would work within the mind of a extrovert. To those who struggle with stage fright, this may seem silly, but listen to Leard. He has a lot of experience with stage fright. He's been in a total of eleven plays.
Sixth period’s Desert Theater was on April 27th, and it was very successful. Despite a few hitches (like the fire alarm going off mid-scene) it was a riot. Leard was definitely a prominent force within the show, with scenes like Ew!, The Color Song, and Mafia. It would be enjoyable to anyone to witness this extroverted drama kid prance around the Glenelg stage.
Keelin Johnson: Life in Colorado
By Abbey Soltis
Senior year is one of the most important years in a student's life. It’s about finalizing our future plans, deciding how our college lives will be spent, and furthering our educational career. Senior years is an experience; it’s where students really begin to find themselves and who they are. Seniors at Glenelg have put in four years of extremely hard work, preparing them for the next four years of their lives. Glenelg offers classes students can take that interest them. Senior Keelin Johnson has taken advantage of the classes available to take at Glenelg, which has helped her make her decision on her major. Johnson is currently a senior at Glenelg High School, who will be attending University of Colorado Boulder, studying special education.
Originally, Johnson planned on attending a big university in the south to study business management. Throughout high school, however, she discovered she was meant to go west, where there's snowboarding, mountains, and plenty of trails for adventuring-one of her favorite things. She also realized that she wanted “to do something more fulfilling with her life and help people,” she said. She figured out Colorado was perfect for her because of the kind people and the relaxed and open atmosphere. Johnson describes Colorado as a place that makes her happy, with endless adventures and a whole new experience. She encourages upcoming Seniors to pick a college and a major that will make them happy, and not just base the decision on how much money you’ll make. Johnson looks forward to being able to study exactly what she wants to do with her life, and stay focused on real life things such as living on her own-considering she is entering the real world. She looks forward to being able to live and experience what Colorado has to offer.
Johnson plans on studying special education in college due to the great experience she had at Glenelg working with kids, she says that is extremely important to use Glenelg as a starting base for potential options for college majors, and that getting a little taste of what it could be like in college could help make decisions. Johnson believes that everything she learned in high school was beneficial and helped to create who she is today. Every single adventure she’s been through has added something to her high school espisode. She took advantage of every opportunity so that she could make great memories. According to Johnson, getting involved is the perfect way to create new experiences, which ultimately can make choosing your major much easier.
Moving to Boulder, Colorado is a huge change from Johnson’s life now. She hopes to be living in Colorado, even after college. In ten years, she hopes to be working with special needs kids. She wants to make a difference in those kids’ lives. She wants them to get to experience high school, just as she did. With Colorado’s great special education program, Johnson plans to build her career there.
For Johnson, high school has been a series of experiences. She’s exceptionally excited for the new adventure’s Colorado has in store for her. However, with that being said, Johnson wants to acknowledge her father for the impact he had on her during high school. Johnson elaborates that as a Freshman, she tried to fit in and conform to who everyone else wanted her to be. However, with her dad’s help, she now knows that students will feel more comfortable (and make more friends) being who they are. Her dad was there to help her and talk to her through every situation, and taught her along the way. He also helped her figure out that she wanted to study special education instead of business. She plans to continue to gain experiences over the summer and prepare her for the next four years of her new life, which is shaping to be the newest adventure yet.
By Olivia Kavidias
The United States Marines is a branch of the Armed Forces made to protect, deliver tasks, and provide power projection. High school is a level of education for students in grade nine to twelve, made to prepare and educate them for college. David Bussing, a Glenelg High School Senior, will have participated in both by August 21st, the day he ships out. “My grandpa was in the Navy and so was my dad and my mom’s dad, so I come from a military family and it’s always been something I wanted to do,” says Bussing, explaining his profound interest in joining. Ever since Bussing was young, he knew he wanted to do something like his father, but didn’t quite decide what part of the Marines and when he would apply until the beginning of high school.
Throughout high school, Bussing discovered he wanted to join the Marines through classes like weights with Mr. Schaffer, who was friends with a local recruiter and got him involved. Also, he explains how high school prepared him not necessarily education wise, but taught him work ethic, and how it helped him explore his interests and who he was. Doing things throughout his high school career, like being drum major his Senior year, have been some of his favorite memories of high school.
But the jump from high school to being in the Marines is not easy; in fact, there is lots of preparation and tons of paperwork. Until his shipping date, Bussing prepares himself for the physical rigor and signs many papers. With his contract, he will be on active duty for four years, and will spend four years in the reserve, starting his active duty on November 18th. What is he looking forward to most in the next eight years? “Being a part of something bigger than just me, supporting my country, protecting people, and serving for the greater good.”
Allison Rossomondo: The Last Dance
By Jade Washington
As Allison Rossomondo took her final bow on the stage, soon all her memories of dancing came flashing back. The lights went out and she was left there to think about what to do next in life. As she looks out at the audience, and pondered about how she wanted to be remembered. She did not know, so she played a song to help dance her way of figuring it out. But, to give insight on the story of Rossomondo’s adventure let’s first start from Freshman year.
Since dancing is an huge aspect in Rossomondo’s life, in Freshman year she auditioned for Glenelg’s dance G/T program and the dance team. Making the Junior Dance Company and the dance team allowed her to make new upperclassmen friends and a team of best friends. Dance has always been Rossomondo’s passion. It gives her an opportunity to express what she is feeling to music, especially jazz, that is upbeat and fun like her personality. Also, Rossomondo’s essay on how dance changed her life helped her acceptance into the University of Maryland.
One of Rossomondo’s best memories in high school as a Senior would be color day, class pictures on the bleachers, and running a lap around the school with the entire Senior class. Going to the hockey games and cheering on the players was some of her other favorite memories. These moments made her proud to be called a Gladiator. The advice she would pass onto the underclassmen is, “To hang out with the people who make you happy. If you are happy with the people around you, you will be a better individual person. Also, to work hard in school because in the end every grade matters.” Surrounding yourself with people who make you happy can not only affect your high school experience, but help shape the person they want to become.
Some of her goals for the future are saving the world from its environmental problems with her interests in environmental science and helping others. At the University of Maryland, they offer a good environmental science and policy major with a manifold of options within the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In college, she hopes with her knowledge she can inspire others to make a difference in the world. When she becomes older her dream job would be a travel environmental scientist. She can use her knowledge to help other countries with, “Aquatic animals and providing fresh, clean water for people around the globe.”
As the song slowly came to an halt she suddenly knew how she wanted to be remembered. Rossomondo wants to be remembered as the girl who was kind hearted and always willing to help others; someone who always applied themselves. A person who made other people smile because in return it made her happy such as hanging out with her friends, spending time with her family and siblings, and playing with her pets. She wants to help others while living life to the fullest. Although this is the last time Glenelg will see her dance just know she will be among the stars making her impact.