Humans of Englewood High School 2023
Pirateer Staff, Staff Writer
Have you grown? Have you changed? How well to you deal with adversary?
This is the third installment in as many years of the Humans of Englewood project. Based on the “Humans of New York” project, EHS Journalism ACC 1006 students set out to get a deeper understanding of the student population.
We asked, “Explain in detail, “How has your Englewood High School experience changed the type of person you are today?” and “What advice would you give to someone who is struggling?”
The answers were intimate, deep and well thought out. Click on each story to learn more about the students.
Kai Romero – 9th Grade
"Englewood made me realize that a lot of people are kind of fake, I've become a little more guarded. And also that real life won’t always be great. Sometimes it’s really hard. I would just encourage anyone that’s struggling, mentally, physically, whatever, You got this Honey Boo-Boo. And I believe in you."
Jamie Pollett – Instructional Coach
"My high school experience helped me realize that it helps me realize that learning can help you achieve a lot of things and it helps me get to where I am today in knowing that I can help inspire people and students to discover their pathways and what they want to do with their life. So my high school really helped me realize that you can learn a lot more things in order to achieve whatever path you...
Andrew Truesdale -9th Grade
"In my life, I have had fear live throughout my body for all 15 years of my life. Last year, I was sent to a mental hospital that changed me by making me take a different point of view. Which I can say definitely changed me and who I am today." For those that struggle, please follow my instructions. There are sometimes more dark places than light. But you can't give yourself to the dark. Don't follow...
Charlene Brock – Teacher
¨ My high school experience really pushed me to achieve at a very high level because I was in a very competitive high school. So I had to figure out how to do well in school and play the game of school. And by doing that I was able to get a lot of opportunities later in my life, and also my high school. A lot of the teachers were very well connected to different industries. So I had the chance to experien...
Josue Diego – 11th Grade
"My name is Josue Diego, and I'm in 11th grade Josue spoke on how he felt high school changed not only the way he acts but also the way he thinks." "Well, I think it helped me kind of become more responsible, especially since, like, I'm in sports. We have a responsibility to be there every day In practice, in games, and in class, kind of having to turn in work and stuff. So yeah, that's how i...
Lexi Garb – 10th grade
"High School has made me a lot more mature. I think that it's prepared me for the world. It's prepared me for the world. And I just think it's made me a stronger person, mentally. I guarantee you that at one point you're gonna want to give up. But just don't do it, don't drop out, no matter how bad you want to, don’t give up."
Avery Garcia – 10th Grade
“It gives you something to do and there’s a lot of sense of purpose. When it comes to school, you come to school and you get your work done. You have a end goal you're working towards after this four years. So it definitely gives you a lot of stuff to do and a sense of purpose.” “Do the work just do it is boring, but if you do it, you'll get it done. And then it's not hard to get A's. If...
Alex Perez – 9th Grade
"I think it has helped me grow in a positive way, teaching me what it really means to be a pirate and teaching me how to be a leader. I’ve become much more social, as well as involved in more sports and extracurriculars. I have found ways to connect with people at our school of all grades and ages. I can say I’ve been challenged as a student and as a player to be more successful and competitive...
Kimberly Montez De Oca – 9th Grade
“ EHS has changed the type of person I am today by getting me to understand the importance of showing up to school every day and how to socialize more. I wish the same experience to everyone else who’s new to the school. I’d honestly just say go for it to those who are struggling because nothing should hold one back from being who they are or what they want to do. I say just do whatever make...
John Brennan – 9th grade
"It's mentally changed me. I'm reaching for the sky now and after high school because I've grown so much mentally and now I see what I can really do. I know now what I want for the rest of my life to be. Sometimes you just gotta treat life the way you want to be treated, If you put good into the universe, good is going to come to you.¨
Riley DeNorch – 12th Grade
“It's definitely taught me a lot of right and wrong on who I want to be and who I want to surround myself with because like, unfortunately, there are a lot of people who haven't grown mentally and sometimes you're mature and other people aren't and it tells you who you want to be within your life and who you don't want to be with. And that can impact you and who you are. Don't stress about your future...
Brianna Rone – 9th grade
"Highschool kinda affected me like emotionally. Mostly because of just all the assignments. Like, for me I'm a really sensitive person so all the subjects or the schoolwork is messy, making me really stressed so it's kind of been emotionally stressful." "Just to try their best to not give up. I know high school can be hard but you just have to really try our best those around you can help if you ...
Sarah Claveria – 10th grade
“Well high school has made me more stressed than anything. But it also has made me more responsible for my work and made me more willing to try out new classes and activities." "If anything I could probably use some advice myself but I guess to just take it a day at a time and never believe that you will do the work later because you won’t.” ...
Skyler Moles – 10th grade
"Being at Englewood definitely made me more independent and it made me start to realize where my limits were. Remember you can always look for help. There's always going to be someone who will be there for you, no matter what."
Thomas Thesis – 9th Grade
"Well, I feel like my high school experience has forced me to mature a little bit, due to the academic/social challenges I have grown a bit more serious about the way I approach certain situations. Well, a piece of advice I would give to someone who is struggling is there is always help available, this even applies to our own building. We have counselors, very good counselors who will sit down and listen to...
Leon Huntington – 9th Grade
"My high school experience has changed over the course of both semesters and now it's approaching an end. I believe my high school experience has been a very great time, and I'm thankful for that. The Englewood High School has really given me the opportunity to grow as a person. We have a couple of amazing counselors here, like Mrs. Cominsky, Mrs. Bricco and Mr. Masca, and they're always available to...
Gianni Euroste-12th grade
"High school did not really change me that much. I just got older, that's it. My biggest advice to someone who is struggling is to learn how to plan ahead."
Gerard Walker – Teacher
¨I struggled in high school the first couple of years and started to get my stuff turned around. My life turned around and I became a student of philosophy and that really helped me in high school to kind of define my values and those values still are inculcated in me to this day. What's important is to define your own values and not let the media define your values. I think it is vitally important ...
Diana Claros-11th grade
"It has changed in the fact that it has helped me mature and I have been able to grow as a person I have known, I have known my limits." "Don't give up and that at the end of the tunnel, there is always a light that can help you, that at the moment something bad is happening, but everything is going to get better in time." ...
Jennifer Martinez – 9th grade
"High School has made me a more responsible person and it has made me a more mature person. I have learned things that have no interest. I wasn't interested in the history of the United States now I love the history of the United States. I love to know new things and nothing super a unique experience." "We all have problems at some point in life and well, it goes up and down and just as you go do...
Keily Somera -10th grade
"Meeting different people have definitely changed me as a person throughout my life. The people I have met in my life helped guide me to who I am today, those people changed my perspective on a lot of things throughout my life. People can definitely have an influence on who you become because it's the impact that they leave on you, and I can say that the people I have met have shaped me into a person...
A.J Fletcher – Teacher
¨I think my high school experience here at Englewood has changed the type of person I am today by definitely giving me more patience and giving me the ability to see high school kids in a different light. Also gave me more empathy towards people and an understanding that high school can be tough and a formidable time in young kids' lives and ultimately will shape who they are and how they become su...
Aidan Mader – 12th Grade
"My high school experience has made me a much more tired person. My biggest piece of advice to anyone whos is struggling is: time management. Learn it."
Soren Singer – 9th Grade
"I think it's made me work harder and try harder in sports, trying harder in school to show I want to be a student athlete. This helps me put in the work when no one's watching. I think one of the main things in high school is to stop caring what other people think because they don't really care about you."
Noah Painter – 9th Grade
"Well, my high school experience has been very focused. It's made me learn to focus more on individual tasks. It's centered my focus on scheduling each task to know when to get it done. I've kept a schedule. I've been more organized ever since I've begun this year. I've been getting more and more work done over time. High school has had a big impact on me compared to all other forms of grades an...
Aiden Watkins – 12th grade
"Well, it was kind of hard during my freshman year. I was struggling with grades and trying to meet new friends. But over the years, I've gotten better at learning how to take my time when I'm working. And now my grades show straight A's. I'm also planning on getting a good job in the future. Don't let other people bring you down and bully you, especially other students."
Paul Bradley – 10th Grade
"It’s completely changed how I act talk and think, and it’s changed who I hang around and the people I enjoy who make me a better person. It’s changed my outlook on grades, schoolwork, and all forms of school in general, I do think it was a great impact and so far it’s made me feel more mature and responsible." "I would tell someone that is struggling to get into good habits and a go...
Umberto Pinado-Banuelos Jr. – 9th Grade
"High school experience has impacted my life by giving me advice on what goals I wanted in the future, like what kind of job opportunities I can pursue. That's why I'm saying that high school life has changed my life for the future." "The advice I would give to someone who is struggling is, if there needs to be a situation like, let's say, their grades are going down, they could ask for teacher...
Dante Lopez – 9th Grade
"My high school experience has helped me understand people better." Advice for someone struggling, "Try harder. Don't give up and continue working on what you are passionate about."
Owen Ulmer-11th Grade
"This made me tougher like it's given me more to work for, it just makes you a different person. You know? If someone is struggling in life just keep on going, like, don't stop. If you do, it's just gonna make it even worse."
Elliot maschka-12th grade
"Looking back to freshman year,the group of friends that I've found And the people that I've surrounded myself with have changed who I am. My biggest advice would be to just push through. It's always gonna get better. I think that's what I've learned in high school is that you can't just give up."