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Senior Internships: Through the Eyes of a Junior

Eliza Yass

There are 17 students in my physics class. Of those 17 students, nine are seniors. When internships role around in about two weeks, my class will be left with eight students.

Ever since acceptance letters reached these seniors, they have not been the same. Senioritis took over and they lost all motivation to pay attention and do their work. There no question that they are ready to get out of school and be introduced to a new environment.

“My work at Staples is done,” Matty Campbell ’13 said. “I can’t wait to start internships.”‘

For us juniors being left behind, the feeling is bittersweet.

Seniors always bring entertainment to the class. Their carefree attitudes and constant chatter is impossible to ignore. With only eight students in the class, it’s going to be so quiet and lonely – but it could also be a good thing.

Over the past few weeks in physics these senior’s antics have been rubbing off on me, and my work ethic has depleted. Although it’s not directly the fault of the seniors, their presence has seemed to jeopardize my grades.

It seems that teachers may share the same feeling. Physics teacher Miss. Klouda, said, “It’s happy-sad. I always miss my seniors when they leave but I’ll be waving them out the door with a smile.”

Although they will be missed, I wish the seniors the best on their internships and can’t wait to get my physics grade back up.

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Elizabeth Camche, Business Manager

Most students see Inklings as a source of news and entertainment, a way to keep up with the school. Elizabeth Camche ’14 sees it as a business. As the one and only business manager, Camche deals with everything from subscriptions to ads to budget.

It’s all a bit more than she expected.

“I really did not know what I was getting into,” Camche said.

She applied for the position after watching last year’s two managers, figuring it couldn’t be all that hard. Turns out, it’s a lot for one student to handle. “I guess they thought it was a one-person job. It’s not,” Camche said.

Despite all the hours she puts in as business manager, Camche still found time to write a hilariously honest piece on what a Mean Girl she was in middle school.

She’s eager for an assistant who will free up some more time for writing, although at least she has learned something from her experience:

“Inklings actually has a lot of money. Underratedly,” Camche said.

Eliza Yass, Web Opinions Editor

Eliza Yass ’14 is not your average cheerleader. On the field, she gets spectators pumped up at football games. But off the field, her engaging opinion pieces give them the scoop on controversial issues.

Yass discovered her passion for writing opinion pieces last year in the Advanced Journalism class. Ever since then, she has been speaking her mind, loud and proud, on everything from Apple software to fake ID’s.

“I’m a really opinionated person,” Yass admitted with a laugh, adding that she doesn’t get much heat for her articles other than the occasional online comments.

The articles she is most proud of are the ones that cover hot-button issues, such as Plan B contraceptives for teens and last year’s incident with the racy posters at the Pink football game.

And while most Staples students fret about typical high school drama, Yass worries about more substantial social issues, such as serving the needy and defending the disadvantaged.

“Opinions cause social change,” said Yass, and it is clear she really cares about making a difference, not only by writing about hot topics but also by advocating for change.

In her spare time, Yass volunteers with STAR, a Norwalk-based organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. She hopes to continue spreading justice in the future by promoting social change through law or journalism.

There is no doubt that Yass will bring lots of pep, pompoms, and perspective to her last year on the Inklings staff.

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