by Samantha C '14

Curriculum Night 2012

IMG_1064Earlier this year on November 5th, BSGE held Curriculum Night, a night when BSGE parents were able to meet teachers. From 6:30 to 8:30pm, parents of BSGE students walked around the school and “attended” classes according to their child’s schedule. Each class was about 9 minutes long and the parents had 4 minutes to get from class to class. In each classroom, the parents got to meet the teachers of each of the subjects that their child took. As stated clearly on the flyers and on the BSGE website, this was not a night for one-on-one talks about specific students and their performance in their classes. Instead, the parents were introduced to the courses, the structure and the expectations of the classes. Some teachers handed out course outlines, materials and binder information, and syllabi, while some handed out tips and helpful information for the success of the students. At some point during the night, each “grade” had 2 periods for time in the cafeteria. This time was devoted for socializing, getting refreshments, and talking to students and alumni of BSGE. There, parents talked to other parents – some

by Jolijt T '11

Word from the Real World: Jolijt Tamanaha

Towards the end of my senior year at BSGE, one of my friends, Kristopher Kesoglides said: “college is what you make it.” Now that it is the end of my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, I can confidently say that he couldn’t have been more right.
Seniors, you can spend the next four years hating where you are. It’s easy, I’ll tell you how: arrive knowing you’re going to hate the school, judge your classmates immediately, and blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong.
Or you can spend the next four years indifferent to where you are. It’s even easier: don’t sign up for activities, only talk to people who talk to you, and take classes you know you’ll do well in.
Or you can spend the next four years loving where you are. That’s a lot harder and I can’t tell you how. But I can tell you that I love it at Wash U.
Some people are unbearably strange and others are unbearably annoying. Some classes are so boring and others are so difficult. I’ve spent many weekends doing nothing but trying desperately to catch up on work.  Yet, I absolutely love it. I avoid the annoying people, entertain myself by staring at the strange people, drop the boring classes, and work through the difficult ones. I’ve made friends who are fascinating, loving, and fun. I’ve had amazing experiences. And I still get three more years.
It’s not always sunshine and butterflies. Sometimes I love it less. Right now, I’m sick of studying for finals, sick of writing essays, and sick of my tiny dorm room. But it’s still only partially cloudy (please excuse my nauseatingly corny extended metaphor).
So Seniors, please don’t stress about where you’re going. You’ll love it if you let yourself love it. Have a great summer everyone. And congratulations to the Seniors!

by Jolijt T '11

Word from the Real World: Jolijt Tamanaha

The strangest thing about leaving for college is going back home. It’s beyond weird to pack a suitcase, board a plane, land in a place, and hug people that used to be so everyday and now feel so far away.
Throughout all of Thanksgiving break, I wondered how real my life at college is. Cooking dinner while my friends sat around the kitchen laughing made it feel like I’d never left, like I had imagined moving out. But as soon as I landed back in St. Louis, I realized that my life here is far from fake because

by BACC Rag staff

“The Other Guys” Football Podcast

BSGE alumnus, Shamar Walters ’09, has a weekly football podcast you can stream or download at, Walters currently attends American University.

by Jolijt T '11

Word from the real World: Jolijt Tamanaha

While frantically fanning the smoke alarm with a Wheat Thins box I thought, “third day of orientation and I’m already learning something.”  That something was that you should never put an English Muffin in the microwave for longer than a minute. I also learned to always wear shoes when you leave your room because chances are, if you’re like me, you will
your key.
to the
isn’t fun
(that was
the fifth
in five
days—that I got locked out).
I learned that you should just sign up for every club that sounds even a little bit interesting because (a) you can always un-sign up and (b) they have free food at the meetings.
I learned to actually read the label

by Jolijt T '11

Word from the Real World: Jolijt Tamanaha

Before starting, I heard countless warnings about the difficulty of college.  I walked into my first class fully expecting a cruel, heartless professor and incredibly complicated work. After all, the favorite line of some BSGE teachers is: “In college, the professors won’t care about you at all.”
I’ve only had caring professors. Professor Welman brought in

by Mr. Lakhaney

BSGE Class of 2011 Receives a Record Number of IB Diplomas

                         The Class of 2011 at Graduation.                             Photo Credit: Ms Van Schilfgaarde

BSGE’s Class of 2011 received a school record 36 IB Diplomas last year. Of the 64 students who graduated in 2011, 55 were IB Diploma candidates and 36 students received enough points to earn the full IB diploma, a major achievement for the students and the school. “They worked together to support each other in the gauntlet of senior year and the IB exam process. Hopeful- ly this will continue to benefit them in their college years” said 12th grade IB History of the Americas teacher and Diploma coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Dikes.

In addition to their hard work, Ms. Connie You, 10th and 11th grade English teacher, identified

by BACC Rag staff

Graduation 2011

The 2011 commencement ceremony took place at the Queens Theater in the Park. The master of ceremonies was Mr. Tim David Lang. Student Jolijt Tamanaha gave the first speech and was followed by student Nathan Nickolic. The adult speakers picked by the students were Ms. Jennifer Dikes, Mr. Virge Ramos, and Ms. Lily Shen. Ms. Johnson gave the final speech and the graduates then all walked up onto the stage and recived their diploma. The students closed the ceremony by dancing to a mash up of “Time of My Life” and “The Show Goes On.”

by Zoe P '16

BSGE Alumni Come To Visit

A handful of BSGE alumni came back to BSGE on January 7th, 2011, to interact with current students and speak to advisories to tell them about their experiences in college and to stay connected with the BSGE community.  BSGE, still a young school, has only had five graduating classes so the majority of the former students are still in college.  In order to learn from their experiences in college and their reflections on high school, teacher, Niki Singh and college counselor, Peter Wilson arranged for many former students to come back and play an important role for our current students.
Many of the current students asked the alumni about the schools that they go to and if they enjoy it or not.  Some students asked questions about the surroundings of the college so that they  would not be


Sarina Strohl’s Graduation Speech

As I focus my attention on the crowd that sits before me, I am making an imprint of every subtle detail, promising myself never to forget this day. The blue tassels on each of the graduates right side is a simple symbol of coming of age. The obvious excited anticipation of each of our parents is reflected  through their fidgety movements and inconsistent blinks. I must question, as each senior in the crowd is also questioning, how did we get here? Although our presence in this quaint theater is most easily explained by the many nights where sleep was relinquished in the name of a relentlessly cruel  monster otherwise known as IB, I’d like to believe our high school experience has been a much more than

by Evan B '10

Evan Badler’s Graduation Speech

Hello Principal Johnson, staff, students and parents; I’m very glad to see everyone here today.  Thank you all for coming.  I’d also like to thank our graduating class for giving me this opportunity, and I hope I fulfill your every expectation.
In order to really capture the essence of our time at BSGE, I’m going to tell two relatively brief stories; ones that I hope will truly express how I feel about my fellow graduates of 2010.
In our 10th grade year, just about three years ago, the majority of us had finally finished our personal projects, presentations and all.  Walking out of the dance room where I had discussed my project, a few of my friends and I were totally relieved.  “I’m so glad it’s over” came out of a dozen mouths, and, I must say, we felt like we

by Adam P '09

Word From the Real World: Adam Popper

Hello and greetings from Boston College. It’s starting to get chilly up here in Massachusetts, so I find myself invigorated into talking about my experiences at college. For all those seniors dreading the end of the college application process and all those juniors who are dreading the beginning, let me assure you all of something very important: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just two months ago I was terrified of coming here and to be faced with having to have to meet new people and adapt to an entirely new way of life. But don’t deduce that college is in any way overwhelming, because for those of you are preparing yourselves now, the transition will be a piece of cake.
But I feel I need to say that for me college got off to a rather bumpy start. I arrived here