Annabel Banks is a senior at Belmont High School who intends to study criminal justice and psychology in college. Her current favorite class is “You and the Law,” and she plays on Belmont’s hockey and lacrosse teams. She has played on the varsity hockey team for all four years, and she received the Coach’s Award in lacrosse last year. The achievement that Annabel is most proud of is a project that she began planning last September and carried out in March; she brought a speaker and suicide-attempt survivor to a Belmont community event as part of a personal mission to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health problems and raise awareness and ideas for support. Annabel says that Mr. Moresco, Ms. Bosch, and Ms. Kim have been supportive and influential teachers during her high school career. As for words of wisdom for incoming BHS students, she says: “It’s definitely tough here, with the schoolwork and the pressures that we have, but it’s important to stick with it. Once you get to the spring of senior year, when you’re going off to college, a gap year, or whatever you might be doing, it all feels worth it at that point. Just stick with it.”
Georgia Sundahl, one of the first to be nominated as Marauder of the Week, says she has been inspired by teachers Mr. Flam and Ms. Rothenberg. She mentioned her interest in English and neurobiology; not only does she enjoy writing, but she is also very interested in what there is to learn about the human mind and what can be done with that knowledge. The Performing Arts Company, Belmont High School’s theater program, has become a very important part of Georgia’s life, along with what comes with being a part of that organization (meaning, she gets to be a part of a tight-knit community while also helping the greater BHS community). She also mentioned that her involvement in the school walkout has been important to her. When she isn’t busy juggling her many responsibilities, she enjoys volunteering, and she loves cats! With this opportunity to share her voice, she wants others to know that if they think something is wrong, they “should do and say something about it.” Congratulations, Georgia, and thank you for your involvement in the Belmont High School community!
-Stefan Iglesias, Class of 2019