by BACC Rag staff

Senior of the month: Elies Fraija

1) The accomplishment I’m most proud of: Being able to say that I always tried my best when it comes to people. The rule I follow is always treat others the way you want to be treated.

2) I’m really scared of: I’m scared of heights, I think it’s because of a dream I had when I was younger where I fell from a cliff and never hit the bottom. That dream occurs every once in a while but now with constant college applications falling down with me.

3) I’m looking forward to: going to college, prom,

by Jolijt T '11

Class of 2009 Gets More IB Diplomas Than Ever Before

“There was some dancing and cheering,” BSGE IB Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Dikes admitted. She’s happy because out of the 46 registered IB candidates of BSGE’s Class of 2009, 23 received the diploma. This is BSGE’s greatest number and highest percentage of IB diploma graduates yet.
The number of IB diploma graduates has increased every year since BSGE’s first diploma program class. Ms. Dikes attributed the rise to BSGE’s mounting experience, “we get better as a school at knowing what to do to be successful [especially when it comes to] organizing [and] timing.” She also said that younger students learn from the wise words of the older and are getting better and better at understanding what they should and shouldn’t do.
The IBO reported a worldwide pass rate of 81.38% in May

by Jolijt T '11

Editorial: Scare Tactics

June of last year, I was in the cafeteria with the rest of BSGE’s class of  ’11 and our parents and our teachers. We were at our middle years program (MYP) certificate ceremony, the “graduation” at the end of tenth grade. A few speeches were made, awards were handed out and then Ms. Johnson began giving us our MYP diplomas. Tension quickly flooded the room; it wasn’t clear who would be getting a diploma and who wouldn’t. There were gasps and tears when students noticed that their names had not been called. We all then suddenly realized that receiving the diploma—an accomplishment that we had earlier trivialized—actually meant a lot to us.
After the ceremony I was upset that my classmates


Class of 2009

Remember when … Said …

Omar Noel- “Ms. Kumar said she would do the chicken noodle soup dance in the middle of class if I showed her how, and she actually did it?”

Angelica May- “Dr. H said we weren’t allowed to hug eachother?”

Malorie Mo- “Milena said ‘Malorie doesn’t count as a real Chinese person.’”?

Katie Schwartz- “Paul said his name was pronounced ‘Pa-ool’ to the substitute teach­er in ITGS to make fun of her for calling Jehan “Zehon”?

John Theotokas- “Angelica said that Bob Marley was still alive?”

remember in…

Joseph Rivera- “Adam Noor’s class when Amirah spazzed out and almost beat up the substi­tute because her doll was taken?”

Adrian Lliguichuzhca- “Dr. H’s class Neyla choked and Dr. H. went nuts trying to figure out what to do, and afterwards everyone clapped making it really awkward?”

Vincent Dillon- “Adam Noor’s class when I said a transvestite was the ‘entire’ package?”

Idan Menin- “Mac’s class Stamatis helped Paul imprint his face into the wooden hockey rink wall?”

Argemira Florez- “Ms.Ellman’s class when she threw a marker at Neyla by accident?”

Remember when…

Shamar Walters- “when Mr. Lattimore tried to square dance with Joseph?”

Yanni Stefanidis- “when Ms. Nikkolos sent me downstairs for getting in trouble and asking me to bring her a brownie from the bake sale on my way back up?”

Alejandro Cruz – “when Ms. Kumar was driving the wrong way down a one-way street?”

Eric Park- “when Josh and I accidentally locked Adam in one of the cages behind the music room?  We only found out the lock didn’t belong to any of us after we locked it!”

Shawntal Street– “I said remember that time Monae got stuck in the door – two minutes after it happened?”

Jonathan Touti– “we all went skinny dipping at 2 in the morning at Coney Island in the winter?”

Yocely Nava- “when we had no substitute teacher for math class and we maintained quiet so that nobody would find out?”

Argemira Florez- “when they put toilet water in my water bottle?”

Monae Dudley- “when Latisha threw a pancake in Kimber­ley’s face?  When Ms. Johnson spoke to her, Latisha said, ‘If I knew I would have gotten into trouble, I would have dipped it in syrup.’”

by Samantha C '14

Shamar Walters Reflects On His Time at BSGE

Many new students
at BSGE believe that there
is too much work given.
But some of the older kids
think there is a good side of
the heavy workload. One
senior, Shamar Walters, believes
that to younger kids,
it may seem as if the assignments
are overwhelming,
but once you reach the end
of high school, you start to

by Simran V '11

Apply for a Posse

    About 20 years ago, a student said “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” That is what sparked the creation of the Posse Program. The Posse Program aims to send groups of students to a college together, so they can work within a support system. These students work together throughout their years at college and help each other along the way.
Colleges and universities partner with the Posse Program to offer students the chance to excel in academics, leadership skills, and above all, the chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds. Posse has 33 partner colleges and universities that include Vanderbilt College, University of California (Berkeley), Tulane University, and Boston University. The foundation offers students full scholarships to go to one of their partner colleges.
To get into the Posse Program, one must be nominated by a community leader or by a high school administrator. At BSGE, you must be nominated by Peter Wilson to get into the program. One must also have academic potential, leadership skills in their community, and be in their first semester of 12th grade. Once a person is accepted into the program, he or she has to meet with Posse staff and peers once a week throughout their senior year. During the two hours a Posse scholar spends