BENJAMIN RUSH HIGH SCHOOL
Q: What clubs/activities are you engaged in at your school?
A: I work a lot but for my whole senior year I’ve been in the yearbook club.
Q: What do you want or plan to do after high school?
A: I'll be attending Montgomery County Community College and I'll be studying to be a dental hygienist.
Q: What is your best memory from senior year?
A: I have so many. My favorite one has to be the Hispanic Heritage Month assembly and getting to run it on my own and call shots. It was nice being able to run it for the last time in my whole life. Our school is cool, we have the shows and students run them. It was fun and nice planning it with my favorite teacher, Mrs. Bertucci.
Q: What is your best memory from all of high school?
A: Someone told me back when I was a freshman that high school will be the best and quickest years of your life. But I’d have to say all the dance shows and just being able to mess around with my friends. We would go to Franklin Mills after school to get food then coming back to watch my friends perform.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Specifically for this year, I got the award of Seal of Biliteracy. I was the only senior to get it and I was nervous doing the qualifying Portuguese test.
Q: What is one thing you will miss about your school?
A: I'll miss the concerts of course. I'll miss going in the hallways and just messing around. I’ll miss going to basketball games. I'll miss going to the teachers’ room during advisory. Also, being able to skip class when you have a concert.
Q: How has your high school experience shaped you?
A: It made me grow as a person mentally and physically. Especially being a Jehovah's Witness, it really made me see how these other people are raised and how they view different things. It has really taught me that not everyone is going to be your friend, when you do put yourself out there, some people might not like you. I know a lot of people that don’t like me and I'm not going to force everyone to like me, it taught me how to be independent. I thought freshman year that I was going to be stepping out of high school with the whole squad. However, now that I’m a senior I'll be coming out with just a few friends.
Q: What has been your most formative high school experience?
A: Experiencing social justice day really made me stop and think about the topic. We would talk about the topic we were focused on that day and it helped me learn about it.
Q: Do you have any advice to give to incoming freshmen?
A: Four years fly by, live every day of your high school experience to the fullest. If I knew that my last week of high school was going to be my last ever, I would've done so many things. Just have fun in high school. Just stay on top of your work.
Q: How are you feeling during the quarantine and what have you been doing to keep yourself engaged?
A: I've been doing a lot of puzzles and started coloring, I started organizing my room and just keeping busy.
Q: How do you feel about your senior year being cut short?
A: When the news broke that school was canceled, it really hit me because you're only 18 once, you’re only a senior once. I was really bummed out that I couldn't experience prom, graduation, and senior skip day. The class of 2020 are the champions of senior ditch day.
Q: If you could change one thing about your school what would it be?
A: I don't know, nothing to be honest. I love all my teachers and it was so much fun.
Q: If you could change one thing about the school district what would it be?
A: I would want the school district to be more in contact with the student council. The student council does a lot, we provide activities and organize fundraisers. It would be better if we had extra money from the district to be able to do a lot more fun things in our school.
Q: If you could change one thing about Philadelphia, what would it be?
A: The pollution and littering, it’s really bad in Philly.