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Celebrating Our 2018 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 25, the last day for seniors.
 

Christian Ty Shipe

Franklin High School
(Reisterstown Elementary, Franklin Middle)

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

Throughout my years as a Baltimore County Public Schools student, I have interacted with many teachers. All of the interactions have been great, however the most memorable interaction is that with Elisabeth Wahba, my theater teacher at Franklin High School. This past year was her first year of teaching. In my opinion, she holds the key characteristics of being an outstanding teacher. She takes the time to get to know her students. She builds relationships by really getting to know them. She is a very detailed detailed teacher. She goes beyond the curriculum and makes each class very interesting. She makes me want to go back each day. “She keeps me sane.”  I can’t thank you enough. Here’s to you, Liz.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

I am most proud that I have learned to interact with people with confidence. I am so thankful for my high school years!  My teachers and administrators have spoken with me as an adult with respect. I have learned to know my teachers as people and built meaningful, supportive relationships with them that will stay with me throughout my life. Theater has really helped me to connect with my peers. I had never seen myself on a stage in front of a live audience. I performed in my first play and my first musical! I never had the confidence to do these things before. When I did it, oh, boy, did it feel good!  In high school, I pushed past limitations and fear and made lifelong friends. I found people who were like me and could relate with them. We really look out for each other and care. High school has truly prepared me for interacting with people. 

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans after graduation?

What’s next for me? I plan to attend CCBC for two years and then transfer to a state college. I am driven to earn a four-year diploma which will enable me to become a theater teacher. This is a dream and goal.  I would be the first college graduate in my family. I want it and will work hard to make this dream my reality.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I expect to be teaching. I will connect with my students and help them to achieve dreams of their own, just like I did as a young man. I hope to inspire my students to do great things. I will try to exemplify the characteristics of those teachers who have influenced me and make them proud.

Favorite quote:   “The noblest art is that of making others happy” ― P.T. Barnum

Favorite movie:  “The Greatest Showman”


“Christian Shipe is the light of Franklin High. He brightens each day of every teacher, student, and stranger he comes across. He is thoughtful, selfless, and has a way of making anyone smile. He makes Franklin a better place, and there will be a huge hole in the community’s heart when he graduates - but we will all support him in every way as he continues on his path of inspiring others towards kindness and confidence. When he’s ready, we hope to welcome him as a teacher here, and to help him through his journey in college!”

Elisabeth Wahba, theater teacher

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