The Freshman Voice

Freshman Voice
The Freshman Voice is a blog for freshmen! Stop letting the adults tell you what it's like! Hear it from the students who just experienced it! The Freshman Voice blog page will be updated every third Wednesday by one of our recent Freshmen students. Their stories are from them, by them! 
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Ava Ezzie '24 - November 2020 - I attended St. Andrew School from Pre-K all the way to eighth grade. It always felt like another home to me. When picking high schools, I was quite nervous because I am the oldest and I have no older siblings to guide me on what high school I was to attend and what high school is like. I wanted my new school community to feel like a family to me the way my previous school did. Once I attended an open house, a shadow day, and various events at Bonner & Prendie during my eighth-grade year, I no longer felt stressed about choosing a high school. I knew that this was where I wanted to be. My advice would be to know what kind of high school environment you are looking for and attend events and open houses and talk to high school students that you know. 

On my first day of high school at Bonner & Prendie, I was extremely nervous but also excited. I had all the typical fears a student has starting at a new school like not making friends or finding my way around, but the students, faculty and staff at Bonner & Prendie were so helpful and made me feel welcomed and part of this family. The current clubs and activities I am involved in are the Cross Country and Track teams, Community Service Corp., Panda Pride, and Drama Club. I am also on Student Council. I am interested in joining the Anti-Bullying Club and the swim team. I have made friends in my freshman classes, and because of the teams and activities I am part of, I have made friends with upperclassmen as well. 

I love it at Bonner and Prendie and am so happy with my decision to attend high school here. I would tell anyone looking at my school as a possible choice to get involved as much as possible because the extracurricular activities have helped me make friends and introduce me to people I would not have met by just attending my classes. My friends have the same interests as me and have helped me feel both at home and part of the Bonner & Prendie family!

Ryan Burns '20 - December 2020- When picking a high school, you have the opportunity to imagine where you can see yourself for the next four years. Which school will help you excel and mold your future? Where do you want to be as you write your story? The first time I walked into Bonner & Prendie, I felt so welcomed. The vibe, the energy, and the atmosphere is so welcoming. Upperclassmen, fellow class members, and all the staff engage with everyone. This was what stood out to me during my visit last year and what continues to stand out so far this year. 

A fun fact about me that most don’t know is that in 7th grade, I was in the play Newsies here at Bonner & Prendie. My time spent with Mr. Walsh and the theatre group on Sundays and during the infamous “tech week” is why I am a Bonner & Prendie student today! I felt like a student here already, and I decided then this is where I was going to school. I look forward to being able to take part in the Community Service Corp, Theatre, Math Club, the Gaming Club, and eventually the National Honor Society. The first few days as a freshman were a blur. They went by fast. It was hectic and one way hallways are extra fun but one day they will make for some good stories. My favorite moment of this year so far was the period we went to the football field as a class in October. This seems so simple but it felt “normal”. In light of all the craziness of how things are that day was a good day.

Prior to being a Bonner & Prendie student, I went to Our Lady of Angels. My favorite subject is Math. I enjoy problem-solving. Ask anyone who knows me, it just comes natural to me. I look forward to the next four years and to continue being a member of such a great school family. Here’s to the memories, the experiences and the unknown! I look forward to the future and am glad I chose Bonner & Prendie as I write the first chapter of my story!


Ahmya Begley '24 - November 2020- The best advice I ever received for choosing a high school is from Theresa Power, my elementary school principal, and her words, “Don’t settle”, really resonate with me. Some things that I considered when choosing a high school were academic programs, the cost, the size of the school, student and teacher interactions, after school/college acceptance rates, what colleges the student body were interested in, school and campus culture, extracurricular activities, diversity, and what I could bring to my school. 

My first few days as a completely virtual student at Bonner & Prendie were a little intimidating, and I was late for a few of my classes because of technical difficulties. My teachers, however, were very understanding, kind, and their classes were pretty great. I met a few friends during the first few days, and I continue to make friends. If you ever find yourself at our school, I would love to meet you!

When I was going through the process of choosing a high school, Bonner & Prendie had many events and opportunities on campus. I remember taking the scholarship exam here where I met and talked with Mr. Walsh, our Theater Director and Director of Admissions. The very next day, he, Mrs. Dolan, and two student ambassadors came to my school to help us learn more about Bonner & Prendie. 

When looking for the best high school, consider what experiences you want to have. Think about who you want to be and the path you want to possibly take after your high school graduation. Remember not to settle or dilute yourself to meet anyone else’s standards, but rather live your best life. Chart your course, and we hope that you will join the Class of 2025!

Stephanie Oyelakin '24 - October 2020- Choosing a high school is a very important milestone for eighth graders because this is where you are going to be for the next four years to prepare for college or other pathways.
My decision was difficult because I had many great schools to choose from, but in the end, I chose Bonner & Prendie. I chose this school because I knew a good handful of students who would be attending too, and I knew that this school was going to be a fun learning environment for me. Students from my grade school seemed so happy here, and seeing them again and contacting them helped me make my choice. They told me about the clubs I had questions about and they told me how they made friends easily. So far, I believe I made the right choice.
My first week at Bonner & Prendie was actually funny looking back at it. Of course, I got lost trying to find my classes, but I asked some teachers for help and they offered to help me right away. As the weeks went on, I memorized my class schedule and got to know my teachers. All of the teachers I have met so far are great! Since I'm in all honors classes, I figured the teachers would be tougher and meaner, but actually, they are very nice and want to help us learn.

One of the things that I was most scared of was meeting new people. During the first week, I only hung out with my friends whom I already knew, and I was worried it was going to be like this all year. As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about! I met new friends in my theology, art, and social studies classes, and I talk to them every day. Bonner & Prendie has shown me so much in these first few weeks. I can’t wait to participate in more activities, meet new teachers and friends, and continue my time here.


Colin Finnegan '23 - April 3, 2020 - When trying to pick a high school to attend for the next four years there were lots of thoughts that went through my head. Will I struggle with the academic curriculum and not set myself up to be successful in college? Will it be hard to find friends and people that you can trust and have fun with? And most importantly, will it make it easy for my family to go to a school that was more affordable and closer to my house.
I finally decided to choose Bonner & Prendie because of how my brother and sister promoted it and how students in the grade above me (who went to my grade school) pushed me towards the decision.
The first couple of days for me went very well. I was able to meet friends fast because of football and from just being confident and outgoing. If you act the way you do at home and with your close friends, people who have the same personality and interests will want to be friends.
I was given the opportunity to dress for the varsity football team in two playoff games after my freshman season. The team was so welcoming to us and treated me and a couple of the other freshman that were called up like we played all year. When upperclassmen and people you looked up to in 7th or 8th grade talk to you and treat you like a brother it really lifts your spirits.
An important person in my life once told me there is only one way to feel comfortable and it is by getting out of your comfort zone. If you try something new and do it with joy and passion there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that you cannot succeed.
LIV DiBONA '23 - April 3, 2020 - When deciding which high school to attend, I was looking for somewhere where I could continue my academic journey and prepare myself for my future, but also have fun. Bonner & Prendie was the perfect fit for me. The thought of starting at a new school made me feel nervous but excited at the same time. It was scary to think about meeting new people, getting to classes on time, and managing schoolwork on top of extracurriculars. Now looking back I see how I had no reason to be nervous!

Bonner & Prendie has the family atmosphere that makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the doors. I remember walking in my very first day of high school to friendly faces welcoming me into my future second home for the next four years. I met so many new people that day and I still remain close with them to this day. It took me a couple of days to adjust to my schedule, but it gets easier as you find the quickest ways to get to each class. 


What also makes the process of a new school easier is getting involved. Playing field hockey really helped me because I had the opportunity of meeting new people before school even started. Joining clubs is just as important because you get to meet people who you share the same interests with


At Bonner & Prendie, everyone is on your side and wants to see you strive for your best work and succeed. I am halfway through my freshman year and I couldn’t be more excited for the next four years! 

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