UAIS United The student news site of Utica Academy for International Studies Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:18:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who Let the Dogs Out? Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:18:41 +0000 As of recent, there has been a heavy push towards methods for better mental health. One of the ways to balance out mental health with the stresses of everyday life is with the help of a well-trained furry companion. The role of therapy dogs is to react and respond to people and their environment, under the guidance and direction of their owner. For example, an individual might be encouraged to gently pat or talk to the dog to teach sensitive touch and help them be calm.  

A school frequently making the list of most academically challenging high schools according to The Washington Post, it is no wonder UAIS creates an environment able to produce stressing situations. In addition to talking with the AMES advisor or school counselor, therapy dogs could provide another option to assist students in dealing with stress. With a real-life possibility of having therapy dogs in the building, it is time to test the waters and get the real thoughts and opinions of the UAIS students on therapy dogs. 

Starting off with the basics, students were asked to share their opinion on therapy dogs. The consensus of the students selected was that therapy dogs would be a helpful addition to the schoolSenior Emily Bennett noted, “I think therapy dogs are very helpful and a good addition to any person who needs one. I know people who have been helped by therapy dogs.’’ Specifically, for UAIS a therapy dog would make it easier to speak to advisors and counselors for students struggling to communicate their emotions  

When asked if they would bring a therapy dog to school, it was a simple yeah as the answer by the students. 

In a perfect scenario therapy, dogs would be available for the whole week, however, it is more common for therapy dogs to be brought in for only one or two days a week. The question of which day of the week to bring in a therapy dog would be a decision the students need to make. From their answers, one can see the upperclassmen in the diploma program need their support more towards the middle of the week-a therapy dog helping them see the light of the awaiting weekend. While the underclassmen need a fuzzy buddy to aid them to trudge through the Monday morning back from the weekend. 

Once again, therapy dogs would only be a weekly occurrence if provided, however, depending on the day their impact can be huge. A therapy dog will be most helpful on a day that is higher than stress than the other. The students were asked which day, A or B, they would bring a dog to. The upperclassman finds their B-days to be more stressful, while the underclassman finds their A days more stressful. Perhaps this could build the system in which the upperclassmen have the dogs on B days and the underclassmen have them on A days. 

Building on the concept of limited time with the therapy dogs, it is crucial to figure out what class would be the most important one to bring a dog to. It is an amendment to the French language and its difficulty to learn as both a senior and a sophomore find it a class they would bring a therapy dog to. Madame’s passion for the language making every minute of the class efficient and educational. If the dog were to come to the class, it better know its commands. . . en Francais. For freshman Maryann worry not, English class will only get more complex from here on out and a fuzzy buddy can help with the stress. As for the junior, biology was an excellent choice to bring a therapy dog to, you can pet it as the inter-working’s of a mammalian kidney is being explained to you. 

With when and where the therapy dog would be brought to all decided, in a true IB manner one must think of the underlining impact that therapy dogs being introduced to UAIS will have. Junior Sarah thought that the dogs “could have a positive benefit for the people who need it’’ and this fits the flow of thought of the other students. Others generally agreed that therapy dogs’ impact on the building would be positive and they would be a ‘’good resource’’,  noted sophomore Peter for the students at UAIS. 

As a school, the building does a great job of being aware of and aiding in the student’s mental health.  The students could see the mental health benefits of reducing the stress of the school but as Peter confirms he was ‘’ unsure of on the educational impact’’. Emily responded optimistically regarding educational and mental impact ‘’no harm, only benefits are to come’’. 

One must also keep in mind the question if it is reasonable to have a therapy dog in the building. The principled IB students found it would be reasonable under the right conditions and “if there are no severe allergies’’, commented  Maryann, way to be caring! 

With the questions of impact and timing answered, it is time for the most important question to be asked. What kind of dog would be the perfect therapy dog and why? The students undoubtedly wanted a fluffy dog.  Maryann noted, “um, I don’t’ know dog types, but a fluffy one because they’re fluffy.’’  A larger dog such as a golden retriever or a Labrador would be preferable for a UAIS therapy dog. 

Astoundingly and shockingly the students did not have anything they would have liked to add to the topic. The students then proceeded to scurry back to their natural habitat of acronyms, sleep deprivation, and studious schedules. The minute-long interaction with a yearbook ambassador was over, but the effects were long-lasting.

From this group of students there was no outright objection to the possibility of therapy dogs in UAIS, but peraps your answers may differ, leave your opinions in the comments below. Or if you are even more passionate about bringing in therapy dogs, do not be afraid to type out your thoughts. Additionally, please browse the gallery of UAIS students and their dogs.

The Key to Your Success Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:14:21 +0000 So many high school students around the world participate in thousands of different clubs that their school has to offer. They may join because they’re interested in the activities that the club provides, or the club may offer leadership positions; however, many students participate in clubs because it may look great on a college application and you earn a chord for graduation. When a student walks across the state senior year, they may want to be as distinguished as possible. Keep this in mind: the benefits of chords and medallions are

only temporary.

When you join a club, such as Key Club, an amazing journey can become an impactful experience in a student’s life. Currently, Key Club has 250,000+ members across the globe. It is an organization where high school students perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. In the award-winning UAIS Key Club, they are sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights and work toward incorporating the positive long-lasting effects within members’ lives.

Key Club kindness day activity including Jet Mezini, Heli Shah, Haley Puri, Rila Leka, and Julie Safo

Some of the permanent benefits that Key Club has to offer are time management skills reflected freshman Jet Mezini. Planning out when you’re going to volunteer and having to accommodate for the weekly Key Club Meetings helps a student practice for their daily lives.

Though Jet initially started working towards his senior medallion and receiving an outstanding status in Key Club, he recognizes the importance of the service he does in his community, such as the Kids Against Hunger food packaging. During his freshman orientation, he packaged food with other students at UAIS and has been a member of Key Club ever since.

Emily Hoyumpa, the division 16 Lieutenant Governor (LTG) on the Michigan Board, has helped plan a Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging and has participated in 6 of them. Her job as LTG entails “lots of emailing and communication with presidents and teachers that run Key Clubs in our division. I also go to meetings with the rest of the board to plan huge annual events and small details.” She learns how to communicate effectively with adults and other board members, as well as the responsibility of having a leadership position. These life skills will be utilized in college as well as in any career she may pursue.

Key Club provides a great addition to a college application due to the service atmosphere that it upholds, the leadership positions made available, and the organizations that it associates with such as UNICEF, March for Dimes, Nickelodeon, Thirst Project, and many more. The benefits that Key Club provides, temporary and permanent, attract many members such more than 25% of UAIS participates in the service geared organization. At first, many join for college applications, but they soon find that they also really enjoy volunteering while upholding the same benefits for college and so on.

Maybe now that you can recognize the long term benefits that Key Club offers or any club for the matter, you can appreciate the importance of participating in extracurriculars, not just for the temporary outcomes.

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UAIS Students and Sleep Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:28:46 +0000 Here at UAIS, sleep and the IB Program don’t necessarily get along very well. The demanding workload IB places onto our students can cause a lack of sleep.

In order to portray UAIS as a whole, one must also consider the grades leading up to the IB years, freshman and sophomore year. When asked if she felt tired throughout the school day, sophomore Huda Rao responded, “I regularly feel tired.”  As of now, Huda receives roughly 6 hours of sleep per night, and according to the Sleep and UAIS Survey, 1/4th of UAIS students receive 6 hours of sleep as well.

One freshman student, Jack Palus, claims that he begins to wake up during the school day around lunch time.  Jack and his underclassman counterpart Huda both reported to feel tired throughout the day.

However, when asked if the fatigue causes a decrease in performance inside and outside of school, they both claimed that their performances weren’t remarkably affected by their average night of sleep.

But once students in the IB program were taken into consideration, there was a change in the responses. According to junior Rory Prisbe, she doesn’t feel like she performs well enough in school, and that 6-7 hours of sleep aren’t enough for effective productivity.

Along with Rory, senior Lydia Joo reports that she also feels tired throughout the school day and struggles to remain awake throughout some of her classes.

According to Nation Wide Children’s[1], most teenagers need exactly 9.25 hours of sleep. But, here at UAIS only 1.8% of our student body receives 9 or more hours of sleep a night. Ideally, each teenager should aim to receive 8-10 hours of sleep per night[2], while 91% of UAIS students receive less than 8 hours.

However, some students may be able to control their amount of sleep they receive. 37.84% students reported that homework is the main reason they don’t get to go to bed on time. Another 13.96% of students reported that their phone usage also prevents them from going to bed earlier.

Also among UAIS students, over 1 in 10 students reported having a problem with procrastination. If the problem of procrastination was diminished, ideally only 27 out of 100 students would be kept up by homework. There could also be a correlation with students could homework load being too much due to procrastination, causing them to not get at least 8 hours of sleep.

Not only does not getting enough sleep just make you tired, it also causes many subsequent issues. The most common issue is the decreased cognitive function. When you are experiencing a lack of sleep, your alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving are all negatively affected. Sleep deprivation also causes many accidents to occur, automobile or job-related, especially in people under the age of 25. [3]

Along with these acute issues sleep deprivation causes, there’s also long-term consequences that may arise. Lack of sleep for a long period of time increases a person’s chances for developing cardiovascular issues, diabetes and also increases one’s chance for having a stroke.[4]

Although these issues that are brought on by sleep deprivation sound very scary, there’s still hope! Limiting screen time at least 2 hours before trying to sleep will help one’s body to produce regular amounts of melatonin[5]-a natural chemical produced to help the body feel tired and go to sleep. 41.89% of UAIS students reported having a problem with falling asleep, and phone usage before bed may play a big role in this issue. Attempting to limit phone usage or any electronics before bed may help one’s ability to fall asleep.

If using electronics before bed isn’t an issue, there are other ways to help improve sleep quality. Try to fall asleep and wake up at consistent times when able to, this consistency will help the body in regulating the internal clock and reduce the inability to fall asleep.[6]

Many UAIS students love to be comfy during their study time, but don’t get too comfy. Using your bed for a place to study confuses your brain. Your bedroom and bed are subconsciously associated with relaxation and sleeping, so if you try to do your homework lying in bed, you are actually confusing your body by not sleeping when you are in bed.

If these techniques don’t prove useful for helping the ability to fall asleep, there are natural sleep aids, such as melatonin, that you can get from a local pharmacy to help you fall asleep. If no methods are able to increase the quality of sleep you receive on a regular basis, you may want to consider seeing your primary care physician, as you may have an underlying sleep disorder.

Overall, the best ways to help increase sleep quality and maximize daily productivity is to limit blue light (technology) exposure at least 2 hours before bed, don’t use your bedroom/bed as a place to study, try to relax your mind before bed, and try to regulate your sleeping schedule. If UAIS students can improve on at least some of these things, their overall quality of work and productivity is predicted to increase which will lead to decreased amounts of stress . . . doesn’t that sound nice?!



[1] Mindell, JA, and Owens, JA, “Sleep in Adolescents”, Nationwide Children’s, Nationwide Children’s , n.d ,, accessed January 10, 2020.

[2] “Teens and Sleep.” National Sleep Foundation,, n.d, accessed January 23, 2020.

[3] Peri, Camille. “10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss”, WebMD, WebMD, 2014,, accessed January 10, 2020.

[4] Ibid

[5] Mawer, Rudy. “17 Proven Tips to Sleep Better at Night.” Healthline, Healthline, 2 Nov. 2018,, accessed January 1, 2020.

[6] Ibid

Fashion from Freshman to Senior Year Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:00:26 +0000 The year 2020 is finally here and looking back at the past decade it’s clear that fashion has changed a lot.  In fact, clothing has greatly evolved in the past four years from when the 2020 senior class entered into IB to now. From wearing bomber jackets and chokers in Mr. Crossen’s freshman year APUSH class to wearing VSCO girl clothes while studying for the IB exams, stories of how seniors have evolved in their style provide insight into not only the trends of the decade, but also how personal evolution is gained from the IB program.



The clothing that defined many senior’s freshman year was not as diverse as it is now. When asking the seniors what pieces defined their style as they first entered into IB, answers like Nicole Bleser’s and Kylie Lynne’s showed similarities with each other and with the rest of the grade. Nicole stuck with basics for most of the year, “leggings, tight jeans, [and] tshirts”, and Kylie did the same sticking with her “21 Pilots hoodie”, “tragic grey sweatpants from the Jeanette basketball team” and her “iconic pair of worn down uggs.” David Lemeni summarized his style of clothing for the time when he described it as “average” and “typical”.

Senior David Lemeni’s style freshman year vs. now.

When asked the question if they ever felt like they were dressing like their true self, the seniors reported a variety of responses. David said that he “definitely dressed like [himself] at the time, like the soccer player that [he] used to be.”

Meanwhile, Kylie responded saying she was not dressing as an accurate reflection to her freshman year self or to who she is now: “What I wore did not encapsulate who I was as a whole at all, but for me at the time and the way I saw myself, there was no better option for me clothing wise. This is mainly because I didn’t believe in myself or have the confidence that makes my style what it is today, so I really couldn’t see myself wearing anything else back then.”



I, like many of my classmates, did not want to stand out from the crowd when I was entering into high school and this also caused me to dress like someone who I was not at the time. For example, I did not want to show people what bands I listened to so I swapped out my favorite t-shirts with whatever I saw on a Forever 21 mannequin so I could fit in and not have anyone think of me differently. There was much emotional baggage that came along with this choice that is not often seen because of how unsuspecting a grade level’s complementary outfits are.

Nicole said on the subject that she felt “as though [she] was dressing self-consciously” and that she “didn’t want people to notice” her. Kylie elaborated on the choice to dress for the purpose of avoiding feeling self-conscious by stating, “I had a very low self-esteem freshman and sophomore year and would make excuses for why I never wore things I genuinely liked to avoid being disappointed with the way I looked in them. But after getting over the negativity in my life and making a space for my own well-being, I decided to prove those that thought I had no style wrong and here we are.”

Senior Kylie Lynne’s style freshman year vs. now.


Kylie’s growth from being self-conscious freshman year to having self-love and confidence was something slowly learned by most of the seniors. In fact, learning to dress not for the people around you, but rather for yourself was something that even outgoing people struggled with before.

Jenna Alamat said on this subject, “I used to always feel the need to impress everyone around me, but I realize now that I come to school to learn, not show off my clothes.”

Nicole also grew in her confidence as a result of the times changing over the years as she learned more about herself and her relationships with other people: “I went through some changes in friends and I got a girlfriend and once I came out I knew that some people would be against it so I decided to not care what other people think in all aspects of me.”


The style pieces that define our senior year have a great amount of variety: “flowers”, “mesh tops”, “slippers”. Even the adjectives used to describe senior year style have more individual personality to them: “quirky, cute, edgy”. With the individuality now expressed through outfits, the question can be raised if seniors regret wearing what they did freshman year. David answered this question saying, “I do regret what I used to wear because looking back at, it makes laugh and also question what I was thinking.” Nicole also had regrets, yet they were on on clothes: “I don’t regret my style, but I do regret the mindset I had to want to conform in the form of my style.”

Senior Jenna Alamat’s style freshman year vs. now.

However, some seniors held a different viewpoint on the subject of regret. Kylie responded saying, “Not at all. I live to make fun of my past self and all her horrible looks, but without the drive to be better than I was I don’t think my style would be as ambitious and put together as it is right now. It also taught me a lot about myself, like how when I don’t put effort into my outfits its not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t feel like myself. It’s also fun looking at the style glo up comparison.”

Jenna also does not regret what she wore because of how it made her into who she is today: “Absolutely not. I don’t like to regret anything because it means I wouldn’t have learned from it. I learned a lot from my style freshman year, and it taught me to wear what I feel comfortable in and that I dress for me, not anyone else. It’s a reminder that I dress for myself now.”

Senior Nicole Bleser’s style freshman year vs. now.

Reaching senior year means reaching a more authentic version of yourself that starts within yourself as you grow more comfortable with the people around you and your settings, and blossoms out of you as your clothes begin to show who you have been on the inside all along. If there was any fashion advice that the seniors would give to the freshman before leaving the school, it would be to be understand that if you are not you in your clothes, be a risk-taker and dare to show who you are and take a lot of pictures while you’re at it!

Some of the 5% are here at UAIS Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:53:04 +0000 Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

NOTE: This article was not intended to preach but rather clarify some reasons and misconceptions that may exist.

I am one of over 6 million people in the US that practice vegetarianism, and here at UAIS, I am not alone. Vegetarianism has been going on since basically the beginning of time, but recently it’s received more attention. With 5% of the US population following a vegetarian diet, according to Gallup. That leaves 95% of other Americans perhaps wondering what it is, why people do it, among other curiosities and misconceptions.

The vegetarian diet consists of avoiding certain foods for varying reasons. There are also different types of vegetarians, like vegans and pescatarians. Simple vegetarians (lacto-ovo vegetarians) will avoid foods with any meat product, such as chicken, pork, ham, etc. and sometimes foods with gelatin, rennet, and lard. What are those? Gelatin is a thickening and gelling agent made from the skin, bones, and hooves of animals, often found in marshmallows and gummy bears. Rennet is an enzyme found in the lining of a cow’s intestines, often found in various types of cheese. Lard is fat from the abdomen of a pig that can be found in canned beans and pie crusts. For these three, avoidance depends on the vegetarian.

Vegans avoid everything already mentioned, plus other animal products, those being; cheese, milk, honey, or any products that are derived from animals, even in small amounts.

Pescatarians are very similar to vegetarians, but only they eat fish. Regular vegetarians do not eat fish. Charlotte Hall, a sophomore, is, in fact, a pescatarian. She said, “I was vegetarian for around a year… but then, I missed sushi.., so I ended up starting to eat fish again.”

There are many reasons for someone to be vegetarian,

Health reasons

One of the more common reasons to be a vegetarian is to address or prevent health issues. Some people who are only vegetarian because they want to lose weight, or would like to decrease their chance of type 2 diabetes or have lower blood pressure. And sometimes one’s body could begin rejecting certain proteins that are only found in meat.

Religious practice

Within various religions, consumption of meat is often addressed somewhere in their various holy books. Hinduism and other Dharmic religions tend to follow this lifestyle. According to Wikipedia, “Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of Dharmic traditions (religions) that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism)”

Ethical treatment of animals

Some vegetarians don’t eat meat due to concerns about animal treatment. For these people, their concerns range from not wanting to support the way farmers pump animals with hormones, overcrowded living conditions, or simply not wanting to eat something that once had the ability to think and feel. Jennifer Holdstock, a senior, said, “I just don’t like the idea of animals being slaughtered for their meat.”

And these are valid concerns. Turkeys, for example, have a natural lifespan of 10 years, yet at factory farms, they are slaughtered at only 5 months old. Just like dogs and cats, turkeys enjoy spending time with people, being petted, and can form emotional connections. Animal rights vegetarians like my mom can recognize this and ask, “Why can we kill and eat some animals but not others?” (TOK students could ponder this one.)

Environmental concerns

The last main reason that people decide to go vegetarian is because of its benefits on the environment. First, livestock can waste large amounts of water compared to plants. In fact, Cutting consumption of animal products in half would reduce the U.S.’s dietary requirements of water by 37 percent. The average U.S. diet currently takes 1,320 gallons (4,997 liters) of water a day to produce.

Vegetarianism also can decrease methane emissions, more specifically, ones from cows and other livestock. Methane is one of the worst greenhouse gasses. More livestock, more methane, more problems.


Ok, now that we know what exactly is vegetarian and why is vegetarian, here are the two most common questions that I get.

But… Don’t you miss bacon/sausage/other meat?

Well, sure. But it depends on the person. For me, I will admit that McDonald’s chicken nuggets seem appealing every once in a while. But I don’t think that I would go back to eating them.

Following this dietary plan, you get protein deficiency. Right?

Not necessarily true. According to Healthline, A vegetarian diet should include a diverse mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and proteins. Although there are some vegetarians who don’t get enough protein due to simply not knowing good sources of protein, the vast majority are totally well-nourished. Here are some good protein-plenty foods for vegetarians.

Vegetarians are always all super healthy. Right?

It is important to note that vegetarianism isn’t the be-all-end-all diet plan. For example, Oreos are actually vegan, but if you’re over-indulging in Oreos and french fries, that wouldn’t be very healthy.


Overall, vegetarianism definitely has its benefits for some. For me, vegetarianism was the right lifestyle choice I made around 2 years ago. I feel healthier and happier overall.

What Exactly is Michigan Snow Day Law? Wed, 18 Dec 2019 15:31:40 +0000
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs into law Enrolled House Bill No. 4206.

With one snow day already under our belt, some questions are raised as to how many snow days can be missed before a school has to make them up. To answer these questions, I investigated the specifics of snow day law in Michigan and how the governor factors into them.

On May 10th this year at an educator’s conference in Novi, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a bill forgiving schools from making up 5 days that were previously cancelled due to cold weather.

A Michigan public act requires that schools teach their students for at least 1,098 hours and 180 days before they start losing money from the state. However, school districts can initially cancel 6 days without having to make them up to meet these minimum requirements. Furthermore, districts can request a waiver from the superintendent to excuse 3 additional days. But, once a district exceeds these 9 excused days, it has to make them up if they desire not to be penalized by the state.

By the time the governor signed this bill (entitled Enrolled House Bill No. 4206) into law, many schools had passed their 9-day maximum of snow days, so she felt it necessary to forgive the days between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2. These days were cancelled by districts due to arctic freezing, which is evidently out of their control. Being sympathetic to these schools who would lose some state funding because they exceeded the 9 cancellable days, Whitmer passed this law to relieve some stress from the districts that had cancelled school.

Because this law only directly applies to the 2018-2019 school year and not this current school year, it may not seem very relevant to students in Michigan right now. However, it is possible that the passing of this law could establish a precedent for cancelling school in the state of Michigan.

This precedent could entail that districts are able to cancel more than 9 days of school without being penalized by the state, provided that the days are cancelled due to conditions out of the district’s control. It is also important that a reasonable amount of schools are affected by these conditions so that the House of Representatives has a reason to introduce a bill in the first place.

Additionally, because winter will be starting soon on December 21, risky weather conditions are likely to occur. Districts will potentially have to cancel school as a result, meaning that if enough districts exceed the 9-day maximum for cancellable school days, Whitmer may sign a similar law to Enrolled House Bill No. 4206, excusing schools from the excess days cancelled.

According to Steve Carmody, a writer for Michigan Radio, Gov. Whitmer herself believes that, “When weather is extreme and dangerous, we have to be mindful and take action and be nimble.”

Resultingly, Whitmer seems to be open-minded when it comes to school cancellations. This is beneficial to students in Michigan, where the weather is often unpredictable.

This Just In: HOSA Region 4 Results! Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:30:04 +0000

Pictures taken by: Maddie Shippy

     Saturday 60 UAIS students competed at Fraser High School for the Region 4 HOSA Leadership Conference. 36 students have earned a spot at the March 2020 State Leadership Conference in Traverse City. Here are the students who placed in the top 6 for their event as well as those students who medaled.
Individual Events:
  • Helena Haddad – 2nd place- Behavioral Health
  • Ananya Rao – 1st place – Cultural Diversities and Disparities
  • Aleena John – 2nd place- Cultural Diversities and Disparities
  • Sean Santos – 2nd place – Human Growth & Development
  • Nataliya Barger – 5th place – Human Growth & Development
  • Isabella Streiber – 2nd place – Medical Law & Ethics
  • Tejaswi Krishnan – 4th place – Medical Law & Ethics
  • Maddie Shippy – 3rd place – Pathophysiology
  • Noelia Dulo – 1st place – Pharmacology
  • Jadelena Truong – 4th place – Pharmacology
  • Jack Sanitate – 4th place – Prepared Speaking
  • Olivia Belau – 3rd place – Extemporaneous Writing
Group Events:
  • Parliamentary Procedure – 1st place – Sam Beatty, Julie Elfishawy, Bella Elias, Jai Mann, Josh Neumann,  Katie Poindexter, Pierre Samia,
  • Forensic Science – 1st place – Eric Mercure & Shahnawaz Hussain
  • Forensic Science – 5th place – Adam Khanfar & Andrew Gontaruk
  • Medical Innovation – 1st place – Danielle Hopfinger, Natalia Makaro, Sarah Scopas, Nisha Patel
  • Medical Innovation – 4th place – Kaylee Chan & Ria Thomas
  • Health Education – 2nd place – Priya Chahil, Rehma Saeed, Sonali Pawa, Christeen Mangalathet
  • Biomedical Debate – 3rd place – Haden Puri, Jaden Loy, Isaac Abraham
  • Biomedical Debate – 4th place – Natalie Safo, Nessma Hassan, Fiona Xhuti

                                                                             Photograph by: Isabella Elias

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What Goes on in the Mind of a Senior High Schooler? Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:38:28 +0000 College is a big topic on many of the senior’s minds. There are 129 colleges or universities that the seniors can choose from. Many of them chose to apply to at least more than two schools. Many of these schools are in state, out of state, and some of the braver students chose to apply to international schools. As they face many decisions, it’s interesting to see where their minds are at right now.


“So, in total how many schools did you apply to?”

Morgan Aho: “6.”

Gabi Andrzejewska: “22.”

Maria Gjini: “5.”


“Wow, so there’s already a big difference in numbers here. For you guys personally, how much is money a factor in where you will end up in college?”

Morgan Aho: “I want to be in college and graduate with the least amount of debt possible.”

Gabi Andrzejewska: “Money will basically tell me where I’m going to college. It will greatly influence where I end up going. And since I want to pursue my career in medicine, I know it’ll cost me a lot of money.”

Maria Gjini: “Money will greatly affect my decision and I hope to look for many grants and scholarships.”


“Okay, so do you think you’ll end up in state or out of state?”

Morgan Aho: “I only ended up applying to in-state colleges so I’m not looking to head out of state. Maybe for graduate school if I decide to end up pursuing more education, but for now, I’m staying in state.”

Gabi Andrzejewska: “Going out of state would be nice, but again that comes down to how much financial aid I can get from the schools and other scholarship opportunities. But I think staying in state wouldn’t be bad either, there are many great schools here in Michigan.”

Maria Gjini: “Most likely in state. Out of state is only possible with money but even then, it’s just easier to stay in state for me.”


“So, I know it’s still early to decide, but where do you think you will end up?”

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 Morgan Aho: “Definitely University of Detroit Mercy. I got their full athletic scholarship and I also get to play soccer, go into their Pre-PA school, all while saving money. It’s a great opportunity I have, and I can do this while not worrying about much debt I have.”



Gabi Andrzejewska: “It is still early to decide. Many of the schools I applied to will reveal their decision in the spring time, but I got a full ride to CMU so that’s also a huge consideration. But if I had to choose from the schools I got into so far, I’d want to go to MSU because I got into their Honors college and also their science college, Lyman Briggs.”

Maria Gjini: “I’m still waiting to hear back from other schools in the spring, but MSU is looking pretty good to me. I got into the Lyman Briggs chapter and I want to pursue my higher education in the science/medical field.”

Many of these seniors will still be deciding on what they want to do with their future. It is both an exciting and scary adventure. Students that applied for early decision/action have already gotten their results back, but the more prestigious schools still have them waiting until late March/early April for the final decision. They still have some time to decide up until May 1stat summer Olympics, they will all reveal

which college or university will help them grow and succeed with their own passions and dreams.