STUDENT Spotlight
Student Spotlight – Alicia Schlotterbeck

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights students involved in special Baltimore County Public Schools activities, such as camps, student councils and more. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences from their respective activities. In this Student Spotlight, Alicia Schlotterbeck, a student in Dundalk High School's AdvancePath Academy, discusses her participation in summer school for enrichment and continued learning.

Student SpotlightQ: What class did you take during summer school?
A: I took AdvancePath geometry.

Q: Why did you take that class?
A: I have two classes to complete in order to graduate: English 12 and geometry. Since geometry is my weaker subject, I decided to attack that one first. I knew that I could get a lot of assistance this summer if I got stuck.

Q: What did you learn at summer school?
A: I learned so much this summer. I learned all about shapes and geometric solids. I learned how to find their surface area, and I also learned how to properly solve an algebraic equation, which is something that I struggled with before. Most importantly, I learned about time management and working "smart."

Q: How will what you learned during summer school help you in the future?
A: Math is useful in all areas of life. I will have this knowledge even when I leave AdvancePath. Also, it will help because I will no longer have to struggle when solving algebraic math equations.

Q: What was your favorite part about summer school?
A: My favorite part about summer school was making new friends and, most importantly, getting one step closer to graduation.

Q: What was the most challenging part of summer school?
A: The most challenging part of summer school was knowing that I still have to get up to attend school.  But, finishing this course just means I am one step closer to my future goals.

Q: How does summer school compare to regular school?
A: Summer school is a lot like regular school: You have to get up at about the same time to go to school and you get to see lots of friends.

Q: How does summer school differ from regular school?
A: Summer school is different from regular school because there aren't as many kids, which makes it a lot quieter. Also, I was able to get a whole course done in a couple of months. In regular school, it would have taken me a whole year.

Q: What are your other plans for this summer?
A: I plan to sleep in a lot and go to the beach with my family. Other than that, I plan on spending time hanging out with my friends.

Q: What are your hopes for the next school year?
A: I hope to finally graduate!

About AdvancePath: Available at Chesapeake, Dundalk, Overlea and Woodlawn High schools, AdvancePath is an alternative education program that uses online instruction to create a positive learning environment for the achievement of personal learning success. For more information on AdvancePath and AdvancePath Academies, click here.

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