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

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

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

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.

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