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In this latest issue of The Storm, read about Ms. Seijo, new students at SJS, Alberto Firpi on Player Spotlight, and all recent activities. As always, you can enjoy our regular editorial, Dear Stormy column, and more.

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March Issue 2015 In This Issue… • • • • • • • • • Stress in SJS Charlie Hebdo Tech Guide Horoscopes Noche Puertorriqueña SJS Sports Hairspray! Noche Bohemia And More!! ... The Storm Staff: Editor Alessandra De Luca Layout Editor Nicholas Yiu Journalists Claudia Arbona Sila Avilés José Luis Casas Robilee Frederick Olivia Katz Elias Lugo Adriana Rodríguez Genesis Vega Graphic Designer Genesis Vega


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March Issue 2015 World News Have You Already Forgotten About Charlie Hebdo? This past January there was much hype about the shooting in Charlie Hebdo. Tweets and hashtags such as #JeSuisCharlie went viral within hours of the incident. However, soon after this horrific event, these kinds of tweets and articles were lessening by the minute. It seems that mainstream society tends to only focus on events that make significant imprint in the media. Are people not concerned about what happened in Paris? Has everyone already forgotten about Charlie Hebdo? The shooting did not stop Charlie Hebdo from printing. “All is forgiven, I am Charlie.” In case you are one of those people who did not keep up to date, here is what happened in Paris and Charlie Hebdo • 3.7 million people including world leaders (such as the Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu) walked on the streets of Paris for anti-terrorism rallies. • The Charlie Hebdo newspaper has not stopped printing. • Issues such as the “Survivors” have been all passed around Europe. • Yisrael Beytenu (a nationalist political party in Israel) is protesting on banning Charlie Hebdo distribution in Israel. • Four out of ten people in France want the press to stop publishing cartoons that would offend the Muslim community • Al Qaeda claimed the Charlie Hebdo massacre • Many Muslim governments have condemned the act of the shooting. Saudi Arabia stated, “It’s a cowardly attack that was rejected by the true Islamic religion.” • Filming for action packed movies is currently banned in Paris because people might believe it is the real thing. World leaders came together hand in hand to march for the antiterrorism rallies.   3.7 million people around the world marched for Charlie Hebdo in Paris. 2  


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March Issue 2015 Arts and Leisure Noche Bohemia Artist s include: Cristina Álvarez, Patricia Hernández, Jose Contreras, Wency Hernández, Alicia Soler, Andrés Arabía, Claudia Shapiro, Elizabeth Roffe, Hagar Kaminer, Nicole Chiriboga, Mónica Reichard, Verónica Colón, Victor González, María Isabel Rivera, Sylvia de Jesús, and more A painting made by collectively by art students   3  


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March Issue 2015 Arts and Leisure On the night of February 13, the MultiPurpose Room was packed with some of the most talented people in this school and a large crowd for Noche Bohemia. The lights were dim, with spotlights shining on the various performers throughout the night along with the beautiful artwork displayed behind them onstage. Each year, Noche Bohemia presents Puerto Rican culture and Saint John’s Talent through art and music. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Noche Bohemia in Saint Johns and was dedicated to Puerto Rican woman artist, LaLupe, Carmen Delia Dipíni, Sylvia Rexach, and Olga Guillot. Mainly performed by students, the purpose of this night is for students to have a greater understanding of their culture and feel of proud of what they are - Puerto Rican, as said by Sra. Ortiz, the event’s main organizer.   4  


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March Issue 2015 Arts and Leisure Survival of the Fittest: Del Toro 101 By: Patricia Hernández 1. Be at least 5 minutes. early to her class. a. Feel free to run away from any of your previous classes in order to ensure earliness. 2. Knock a. Try to persuade others to knock first, for safety reasons. 3. If the door is open, go in, you don’t need an invitation. 4. If the door is open, don’t go in, she didn’t say you could. 5. Those who sit in the front row: be willing to accept the responsibility of answering all questions at all times.   6. Always lower your body to your shoe when tying it. 7. Accept that she will find out about your crush, resulting in nicknames and funny looks. 8. Never share an essay question, or else be prepared for immediate execution. 9. When annotating, make sure to turn the page and see if there is a blue excerpt in the back… always! a. Understand that you will never be able to sell that book. b. Cherish the smiley faces 10. Leave stretching for yoga. 11. Yawning is from within. 12. Realize she’s not that bad. 13. ^Realize you were wrong^ 14. Love Napoleon and worship Bismarck. 15. You have a question, she has a car.   Movie Review: American Sniper By: Porter Sharpe American Sniper is a film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. The film is about Navy Seal Chris Kyle who had 160 confirmed sniper kills, which is the most in U.S. history. Going to see this film was very anticipating because I didn’t know how veteran director Clint Eastwood was going to perform after a miss with Jersey Boys. The movie starts with a very suspenseful opening scene, which was previewed in the trailer. From then on I knew that this was going to be a great film. After sitting through the 2 hour and 12 minute movie I thought, “that definitely goes on my list of best movies of the year.” American Sniper contained the perfect amount of action without being a total action movie, drama without being a total drama, and thrills without being a total thriller. The movie was executed very well and portrayed how much Chris Kyle loved his country. The film also portrays Chris’s post-traumatic stress disorder accurately. A-list actor Bradley Cooper’s performance was very good, but Sienna Miller, who I’ve only seen a few times in films before, amazed me with her terrific performance. So far this film is nominated for a stunning 6 Academy Awards (Oscars), including Best Motion Picture of the Year and best actor in a Leading Role. So far American Sniper has won 9 awards including a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. American Sniper is a must see movie for two reasons: to see the story of this great veteran and because it is a truly great movie. 5    


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March Issue 2015 Centennial News Noche Puertorriqueña: “Iluminando por 100 años” By: Sila Avilés   Our annual event celebrating Puerto Rico’s culture and heritage was celebrated Friday, February 6th. The money raised for this event goes towards Saint John’s Scholarship There were various activities taking place around the school to meet everyone’s desires. In the Multipurpose Room, a concert was held by the school’s choir led by Stephanie Del Valle. The choir composed of Jose Contreras, Juan Motta, Veronica Vargas, Mia Stypes, Gabi Morgan and Anna Rullán delighted us with “En mi viejo San Juan”, “Verde luz de Monte y Mar” , and “Amanecer Borincano”. Along with the singers we enjoyed the performance of our very own violinists: Claudia Corral, Sofia Corral, Marco de Marsily, and Amanda Perdomo. They delighted us playing “Starship” among other songs. To top it all, a group of 8th grade girls danced to popular salsa songs. The Elementary court was transformed into an extraordinary dining hall under a tent with very creative decorations, the chandeliers made from tree branches were designed by Margarita Corral and put together by the maintenance department. Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious Puerto Rican foods which included rice and beans, lechon, frituras, guineitos en escabeche and other Puerto Rican delicacies. Everyone enjoyed meeting old friends, making new ones and just interacting with one another in an atmosphere of camaraderie. Students’ art projects were displayed throughout the entire school to complement the transformation created by the beautiful decorations. In the Secondary school gym, there were inflatable bounce houses where all kids played throughout the night. While in the Ashford court, students enjoyed a roll in the hamster ball or played a game of football. Towards the end of the night a group of pleneros, sponsored by the Senior class, arrived with the Seniors and entertained the crowd for one hour. The night ended with the raffle. Overall students, parents and teachers had a great time in our annual Noche Puertorriqueña. Mrs. Eiffert says the huge success was due to many people who came together to make this celebration of the Centennial Year the best ever. We of course know and appreciate all the work Ms. Eiffert put into this event along with the students.   6  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life Our Annual Saint John’s Musical:   By: Sila Avilés   When: March 20th, 21st, 22nd Where: Teatro de Univisión in Guaynabo Cost: $20 “It’s fun because you get to meet people you never thought you would talk to before.” – Maria Baez (10 th) “W e m eet 3 t i m es a w w eek en eek , M ds . W h on day, at we’r we’ve s Tu e s d a e f o c us t ar t ed b y and s i ng the ometim lockin g majorit m o s t es duri the sce right n y of the ng th e n o e w s da n c e s a nd th e a r the end e the dan figured s o and it’s n c g e s s , . Yes t er b ut w e an d r e a l ly c day we have th ool.” –J finishe e ose Con treras ( th d the big nu mber a 10 ) t This is my first time in the musical and I got a big role, so it’s really exciting. We have choreographers teaching us the dances, so that’s fun.” –Juan Motta (11th) r; yea it s i ut th cal ork, b e.” i s tim mu fw he lot o good t to a a Monica Reichard g in t. It’s ving n i i a o t g lh u (12th) rgy c abo ’re al e n i e e st w u c h us i a a us e m h t o ec is s so en us b e r o s e i u “Th yone el ard (11th ) r y e eve sn’t f rrad a e do atia C –K It’s a swaggy experience. It allows to get involved and make friends from other classes. -Leire (9 th) Come watch the SJS students in the musical, here is a sneak peek of who you’ll see: • • • • • • • • • • • • • Monica Reichard (12th grade), as Tracy Turnblad Rene Maza (12th grade), as Edna Turnblad Sean Ng (12th grade), as Wilbur Turnblad Katia Carrady (11th), as Penny Pingleton Sariemma Mendez (12th), as Prudy Pingleton Javier Cuevas (12th), as Corny Collins Juan Motta (11th), as Link Larkin Maria Baez (10 th), as Amber Von Tussle Patricia Hernandez (10th), as Velma Von Tussle Leire Irizarry (9th), as Motormouth Maybelle Jose Contreras (10th), as Seaweed J. Stubbs Wency Hernandez (9th), as Little Inez Stephanie Del Valle (12th), Eliza Helmers (9th), Natalia Moralez (12th), as the Dynamites   7  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life The TOP Tech/Fun Gadgets for Students under $50 By: Nicholas Yiu Who doesn’t like buying things? Technology has advanced drastically from bigger and slower to smaller and faster. Although many products seem quite expensive, with some window-shopping, many useful low budget items can be found. Here is a list of 10 cool gadgets students can afford and use for school and their own pleasure! Airzooka Air Gun Price: $13 Want to mess with your friends without leaving a trace? Get the Airzooka Gun! Guess what it does… EXACTLY what it’s called. It shoots air. No joke. Kingston Data Traveler SE9 Price: 16gbs $9 --- 32gbs $13 --- 64gbs $35 This USB memory stick is so small, make sure you have a nice key chain to hold it. Or better yet, make a necklace with it so you can have a future-like accessory.   Anker Astro Mini External Battery Most tech users can agree that dealing with batteries is a hassle. From Cell Phones to laptops, everything runs out of juice. This is a rechargeable USB battery that can charge any USB device (Cell Phones, Tablets, etc.) This battery has 3,000 mAh, enough to charge your phone at least 2 times! USB cable enabled. Small and Light! Easy as Aim, Pull, and Fire. Belkin Surge Plus USB Swivel Charger Price: $20 In school, we are always fighting for a plug to charge anything. This nifty gadget can fold into a wall plug for 2 USB chargers and 3 standard plugs for your laptop! Not only can it be used in school, it can also be used at home or on the go. Don’t worry, it’s Surge protected. Small, Fast, and Light! Flies like a bird Syma X5 quadcopter Price: $55 Quadcopters are a huge hit, doesn't everyone want to fly their own drone? Drones may be expensive, but they are lots of fun! Fortunately many companies have made smaller, durable, and cheaper toys for us to use. Don’t go around flying into the White House and chopping people’s hair out! Plug in a wall outlet, and power     8  


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1 2 March Issue 2015 SJS Life Teacher Stress By: José Luis Casas, Elias Lugo Ut  Sed  Est   Based on these results, it is clearly visible that the majority of the teachers in the Secondary Division are facing stress issues. Although there were less responses compared to the survey sent out to students, the results show that students and teachers are experiencing about the same amount of stress. Instead of going in depth as to why stress is so contagious for most, focusing on a way to control it is much more important. One teacher said it is important for them to leave “SJS issues and problems at school. In other words, disconnecting myself from work when I am at home.” Another teacher suggested joining Ms. Erickson’s yoga class and learning to exhale. These are good strategies in order to minimize stress; but obviously, every teacher manages his or her work differently. There are many different reasons for why stress stems within us all. However, with these results, it is proven that neither age nor position plays a role in the reason for stressing. It really depends on what the goal is and what the expectations are for the future. Maybe we all just need to find time to chill. “The Newspaper Gives Me Stress!”   In the December issue of The Storm an investigative article was published regarding students’ stress. After analyzing the results, it was clear that the majority of Saint John’s School students were dealing with constant stress and were not satisfied with the amount of workload. As a follow-up to these results, teachers were asked for their viewpoints in regards to their level of stress. These results are based on the responses of 20 teachers from the Secondary Division.   Interviews with Ms. Del Toro and Mr. Henner   Q: Do you have stress? A: Ms. Del Toro: Yes I do have stress. A: Mr. Henner: No, not very much.   9  


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March Issue 2015 Q: Do you believe the school board expects too much out of its teachers? A: Ms. Del Toro: I think it has given us more work, not demanded more. We Saint John’s teachers are expected to perform, and for students to do well in AP courses, but at the same time we’ve gotten more paper work, which has taken away from correcting. The average teacher at Saint John’s corrects every day including Saturday and Sunday. Like me, on Sundays I will correct without stopping, so technically I work seven days a week, which can be very stressful. Additionally, we have to cover material, we can’t just say, “I’m not getting to WWII,” I have to. Attending after school activities limits my time to finish correcting and preparing and so I have to speed up which then stresses students and ultimately stresses me. A: Mr. Henner: Yes, I suppose it does, but I consider myself very professional. I come to school to work, so it doesn’t bother me. SJS Life Q: What gives you the most stress? A: Ms. Del Toro: Not fulfilling what I want to cover in class. I’m going to be very honest if I could close my door and ignore everything outside I would be perfectly fine. This is why most of the teachers are never absent, because if you miss school you fall behind. I have two AP courses and sophomores. It’s a lot of pressure and stress because we are responsible teachers and sometimes we get exhausted, like you guys get when you’re really, really tired, we are the same. It’s a stressful job but it’s still a fun job. Q: Do students or parents give you the most stress? A: Ms. Del Toro: I think it’s the parents. The parent who blames the teacher and not the child. I have been told that because of me their son wouldn’t be able to college, and sometimes it’s a personal attack. I think that what I do, I do well. (A lot of the times parents can be condescending. The parent that has that mentality, that “you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s your fault” that’s the parent that gives me stress. I wouldn’t be in this job if I didn’t want students to well or to learn. A: Mr. Henner: Ah! Well if we’re going to talk about parents, yes parents give me stress. Most parents feel that their children are always at the top of their game. Students are much more lenient with themselves than what parents are. I think parents are sometimes confused by teenagers so, parents hang on to the grades because that’s one thing they do understand. Parents had grades, kids have grades, so they think they understand what their kid is all about because of their grades, but I think students are much more complex than just the grades they’re getting. Sometimes the kids are really, really going with it and other times they’re not very concentrated so you have to give them a little bit of a break.     10  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life Overheards Student: How old are you when you're 12? Student 1 sees student 2 eating cut green apples” Student 1: Are those raw avocados?! Student: My throat tastes like chocolate! Student: When I’m eating food and I don’t want Student: I’m gonna be pronouncing how to swallow, I just put it to the side of my mouth to pronounce and ignore it until later… Student 1: Se te estan saliendo los mocos Student 2: No, eso es agua Student 1: Son mocos Student 2: Ok pues eso es agua de mocos Student: Cuando tu te desmayas, tu te caes al piso? Student: Is there a PDF of the Bible? Student: Ms. I thought it was due on Wednesday? Teacher: Today is Wednesday Student 1: I’m on a diet Student 2: You can’t be on a diet on Valentines Day Student 1: Oh right I need to eat my feelings away Student 1: What school is CSA Student 2: Colegio Saint Johns Student 1: No, that would be CSJ Student 2: Oh Colegio San Ignacio   Teacher: and where does it grow? Student: well, it grows in the ground Student: So a horse is a broken unicorn? Student: If a dog has two legs then aren’t   11  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life SAT: How are they changing? How do they affect our future? By:  Nicholas  Yiu   Commencing in Spring of 2016, a new and redesigned SAT will be replacing the current Standardized Test. Drastic changes include an optional essay, relevant vocabulary, use of evidence (which requires the student to select a quote to prove their answer) essay analysis, and last but not least NO PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWER! So answer all the questions. Although the essay is optional, some colleges do require it in admissions. Moreover the score scale has dropped from 2400 to 1600 as once before 2005. Reasons why College Board has changed the test is the fact that most students only remember the materials and strategies in short term memory, while the new one requires student’s own logic and everyday knowledge especially from school academics. The new scoring rules are actually promoting students to confront a question and answer it. Since there is no penalty like the current -1/4, students can strive for a better score The SAT is currently competing with the ACT in the market. According to the statistics of 2014, for the first time more students took the ACT than SAT. The SAT removed its penalty for guessing like the ACT So I sat down with Mr. Bowen, our school’s college counselor, and here is what he had 1. Should the current 10th graders (next year juniors) take the current SAT before the New SAT beginning on spring of 2016 or take the current test? a. They should take the new SAT. After January, the New SAT and PSAT will be changed. The next year Juniors should wait for the new test because Universities will be changing their applications process. 2. How much do SATs actually affect your future? How do colleges weigh SAT scores? a. Depending on the colleges, SAT scores are weighted differently. Schools in the field of performing arts do not rely much on SAT scores because the creative nature of a student cannot be quantified in a standardize test. 3. Is the SAT a test for tricks or actual knowledge? a. The Current SATs involve both tricks and knowledge to answer questions. Some people have only knowledge but no tricks or have tricks but no knowledge and may not do well. So students should know both. The New SAT is formatted to prevent tricks from being used so that a student’s ability to answer the question is more justified than a lucky guess. 4. Do you personally believe SAT should determine a student’s education? If so why? a. No, many art schools do not require SAT scores. They require an application that presents a student’s creativity. Students could also score high but do bad in grades or vice versa. Tests cannot determine the full of mind of human and there should be other ways to determine education so a student can stand out. There is more potential in students than just test grades. 12    


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life How to keep up with your 2015 resolutions By: Claudia Arbona New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for January. The best way to stick to your goals is by making it a habit and to do so is by creating a routine for each day, or perhaps a weekly or monthly plan. Let’s say you want to have better skin. Find out which products are best for your skin type, for the area that you want to improve. There are hundreds of different face washes and body lotions and soaps. Pick the one that works the most effectively, and use it every day without fault. What if you want to get fit? Schedule in exercise for a couple of days a week, and stick to it. If you want to eat healthier, try your best not to eat junk food. Snacking is always tempting, so try eating fruits, nuts, energy bars, pretzels, and definitely drink more water to curb your hunger and stay hydrated as well. Becoming more responsible with school work involves staying away from any distractions, including social media apps, texting, youtube, or even eating as a way to pass the time. Make a daily agenda for the time you want to spend doing each of your homeworks and manage your time in order to get everything done. Once you get started, stay focused without interruptions. This way you will even have some spare time to relax in between. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate! We often believe that results will come right away. This can happen, but this just isn’t a reality. Progress takes time, and it may take a month or even more to see the changes you want. If you make it part of your routine to work a bit each day towards your goal, you will see results faster and a healthy habit will be achieved to hopefully last the year. Sometimes we give up on our resolutions. Let’s face it, it’s hard to find the time to exercise sometimes when school takes up so much of the week. However, if you fail, get back to it as soon as possible! Don’t give up completely, or else all you’ve worked for will have been for nothing.   13  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life Alicia Soler 10th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: Yes Q: What do you like doing afters chool? A: I take art classes and crossfit Q: What don’t we know about you? A: I do yoga and I really like Buddhism New Students By:  Robi  Frederick     Claudia Hernández 11th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: Yes Q: What do you like doing after school? A: I like to dance. Q: Why did you want to come to St. Johns? A: Because it is better than my old school. Q: What’s your favorite animal? A: A cat Q: Do you play any sports? Instruments? A: Ballet and the violin. Kevin Lin 10th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: Yes, I was born here but my parents are from China Q: What do you like doing after school? A: I usually do homework or check my phone. Q: What’s your favorite animal? A: The panda. Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Puerto Rico? A: My house. Sophie Termaat 8th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: No Q: What do you like doing afterschool? A: I like to swim and exercise Q: What’s your favorite animal? A: A sheep Q: What’s your favorite class in St. Johns so far? A: Science Q: What’s something we don’t know about you? A: I’ve lived in four different places Collette Termaat 9th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: No, I’m from Virginia Q: Why did you want to come to St. John’s? A: Honestly it wasn’t my choice, it was my oldest sister but I like it here Q: What’s your favorite class in St. John’s so far? A: My favorite class would be either Math or English Q: What don’t we know about you?   A: I lived in Dubai for two years. Isabelle Termaat 11th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: No, I was born in California and grew up in Virginia and also lived in Dubai. Q: Why did you want to come to St. John’s? A: It had the most options in terms of extracurricular activities and academics. Q: What’s your favorite animal? A: A Meer cat Q: What don’t we know about you? A: I row. Chris Montalvo 11th Grade Q: Are you from Puerto Rico? A: Yes Q: What do you like doing after school? A: Play basketball Q: Why did you want to come to St. John’s? A: Because it’s a great school Q: What’s your favorite class in St. John’s so far? A:U.S history Q: What don’t we know about you? A: I’m from Utuado, PR 14  


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March Issue 2015 SJS Life Q: Were you always planning to be a teacher, or did you have something else in mind A: “Over my dead body,” I said the first time someone said I would be a good teacher. When I was young I wanted to be a paleontologist, then a veterinarian, and during high school I wanted to be an astronaut. Then when I grew up, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be. Teaching wasn’t something I envisioned, but I didn’t know I would end up liking it so much. Q: What do you like most about being a teacher; what’s the most difficult part? A: I like the fact that I get to talk about literature and film everyday. The toughest part is the grading, in terms of time. Q: What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of? A: I’ve published short stories and newspaper columns, and I’m very proud that I’ve gotten my writing out there. Q: How did you become interested in film-studies and filmmaking? Favorite movie? A: I always liked film. I grew up watching Manolo Urquiza; he would comment on movies usually related to the production, the writing, or the directing of it. I learned a lot from watching him, and that’s when I started falling in love with the concept of film beyond entertainment. One of the stories I published caught the attention of the local producer, Carlos Cavilla. He wanted to turn my story into a film, and I was completely surprised. He became my first script teacher. We worked on the script for a year, but then he passed away. I wanted to finish the script for him, and I did exactly that. If I would have to choose one favorite film, it would Amadeus (1984); it won an Oscar for best film. Q: Explain your gargoyle collection. A: I am fascinated by the dark and mysterious nature of the Middle Ages. While I studied in Paris, I fell in love with the gargoyles in Notre Dame. Most people assume that they’re devillike creatures, but really they are a symbol of protection. I love how they are grotesque but beautiful at the same time; and in my magical world, they roam around at night. Get to Know: Ms. Seijo By: José Luis Q: How long have you been a teacher at SJS? A: I have been a teacher for 8 years in Saint John’s. Q: What’s something we wouldn’t know about you without asking? A: I love to sing in the shower; and one of my favorite songs to sing in the shower was the French national anthem. Q: What do you like to do on your free time? A: When I do have time, I love to go to the movies, reading, and gardening Q: What’s one thing on your bucket list? A: I want to see Mt. Everest someday. One of her grotesque gargoyle Q: What was it like studying abroad in college? A: I loved it. I went to Paris in the second semester of my junior year. The experience shaped me into who I am. I learned to be with myself by myself. That year, 1989, and I would recommend it to anyone; everybody should be able to do it.   15  



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