Spotlight on the Class of 2011: The Bishop’s School

Editor’s note: Each year, the Light spotlights a few graduating seniors from each of our local high schools. Here’s a sampling of the Class of 2011 at The Bishop’s School. It was compiled by Catherine Sulpizio.

• Bay ByrneSim, 18, Dartmouth College

Bay ByrneSim

Interests: Arabic, diplomacy, marine biology, environmental science, pediatrics, archaeology, creative writing, and day-dreaming about a future cafe/bookstore/ice-cream parlor venture

Accomplishments: Girl Scout Gold Award, published author in the American Biology Teacher magazine, and featured teen artist at San Diego Museum of Art

What I liked best about my high-school years:
I loved being able to express my momentary insanities among a tolerant and loving community, learning about the obscure pretensions of Western thought, and creating large projects — like a giant submarine sculpture and a movie about happy endings—with my friends.

What I liked least about my high-school years:
I didn’t like how stupid teenage hormones interfered with rational thought and the creative process. Petty little things count for a lot in high school, even though most people are too worried about themselves to worry about you.

• Stephen Sargeant, 18, High Point University

Stephen Sargeant

Interests: Performing arts, set design, Broadway productions, swimming

Accomplishments: 3-year Tech Crew group member, 3-year Choir member, captain of JV Swim Team, and set designer for Bishop’s productions

What I liked best about my high school years:
The best about high school were the people I met and the experiences that I had. From traveling to London with my friends to perform and see shows to singing in a choir with some of my best friends in Carnegie Hall to knowing a teacher was always available just to hang out with, I made some of the strongest relationships.

What I liked least about my high-school years:
The worst part about high school, now looking back on it, was the regret I have for not pursuing everything that I wanted to. For example, I only discovered my love of dance around junior year. I was presented with so many opportunities, and while I did take advantage of a lot of them, there are definitely moments that I wish I could go back and do more.

• Ben Sobel, 18, Harvard University

Ben Sobel

Interests: Playing a range of instruments (namely the jazz tenor saxophone, but also the guitar, bass, drums, flute, and clarinet), music production, and music performance

Accomplishments: National Merit Scholarship recipient, Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program Scholarship recipient, 1st Place winner in Soloist Division at Fullerton College Jazz Festival, and composer of original score for school production of Hamlet

What I liked best about my high school years:
I liked high school because I felt free to do whatever I wanted to do. Bishop’s did a good job of accommodating me — I rarely felt like I had to abandon one of my interests in order to pursue another. I have had the privilege of taking a wide range of serious classes while still developing musically, which is rare for a high-schooler. Because I have gained exposure to so many interesting fields of study, it will be hard to commit to just one career.

What I liked least about my high school years:
Petty social problems seemed agonizing for the first few years (and often still do). It’s very hard to find your niche in such a small place, and that frustrated me a lot before I came to terms with. Bishop’s has its idiosyncrasies, good and bad, but my outlook remains that high school is high school, and I really couldn’t have been happier anywhere else.

• Bianca Pham, 18, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Tennis, lacrosse, class council, neuroscience, filmmaking, diversity issues, environmental issues, and hanging out with friends

Accomplishments: co-head of Green Campus Initiative, founder of Asian Affinity Group, Student Diversity Alliance member, Cum Laude Society member, Knights of Roundtable member, Varsity Tennis and Lacrosse Team member, and neuroscience intern

What I liked best about my high school years:
The relationships I built with my teachers were definitely highlights of my high school experience. Also, the clubs and sports I participated in really integrated me into the school community and helped expand my friend group. Just getting to watch my friends express their true passions, whether it was on the field, or on the stage, or in an art exhibition was an amazing experience.

What I liked least about my high school years:
It was stressful finding the time to participate in everything I wanted to do. I disliked not being able to participate in everything I wanted, like Associated Student Body Council and art, because of time constraints. I wish I had more time to take advantage of the huge variety of classes offered.

• Stephen Chen, 18, University of California at Berkeley, College of Engineering

Stephen Chen

Interests: Electrical engineering, computer science, ping-pong and computer programming

Accomplishments: Regents and Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient, UCSD Supercomputer Center intern, San Diego ARML team member, California Physics Bowl Runner-Up team member, National Merit finalist, and Cum Laude Society member.

What I liked best about my high school years:
The best part about high school would be the many teachers I have met during my four years at Bishop’s. These are teachers that have only taught me for one class in one year, yet continued to impact my life, long after the class ended. For example, Ms. Triana taught an introductory Java computer class in my freshman year, and I have ever since spent a ludicrous amount of time in her computer lab talking, doing homework, writing essays, and much more. She became a sort of go-to person if I had any issues. At other schools, where the classes are larger and more impersonal, it would be a lot harder, if not impossible, for this teacher-student relationship to develop.

What I liked least about my high school years:
I would say that the worst part of high school has been how so much of it is determined by schedule: having to wake up for a 7:25 bell is really hellish, especially when adults usually only have to get up around 9. While it was probably better at my school than at others, the amount of busywork that was given by some classes was a pain, like memorizing vocabulary or doing worksheets. Regardless, in the end, I think that the positives in my experience far outweighed any negatives.

Graduation: Noon, Friday, May 27 at The Bishop’s School
2011 Graduating Class Size: 147
Guest Speaker: Associated Student Body Council President, Laura Aguilar
Valedictorian: presented with Harvard Cup award at Commencement
Grad Nite: 10 p.m. Friday, May 27, Party Pals

Related posts:

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  3. Bishop’s student does his part to fight youth violence
  4. Melissa Winter comes back to La Jolla to accept Bishop’s award
  5. City approves Bishop’s School library variance

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