Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Leanne Jeong

By Jake Bowden
Leanne Jeong is a third-year senior from Dothan, a city which is in the southeastern corner of the state. Before coming to ASMS, Leanne attended Houston Academy, a private, college-preparatory school in Dothan. She first found out about ASMS from a family friend, who told her about all

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Student Spotlight: Kimberly Chieh

By Jake Bowden
 
Kimberly Chieh is a third-year senior who has made the most of her time here at ASMS. She is involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Student Government Association, Science Olympiad, and the National Honor Society. Kimberly is from Mobile and previously attended Davidson High School and was

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Faculty Spotlight: Derwin Dubose

By Jake Bowden
Among the new members of the faculty and staff that ASMS welcomed over the summer is the new Development Director, Mr. Derwin Dubose. Mr. Dubose is a 2002 ASMS graduate who possesses degrees or certifications from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Harvard University. I

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Sibling Series: Meet the Borrellis

By Jake Bowden
 
On this edition of “Firewire: Sibling Series”, we will be taking a look at the Borrelli Trio. This year, third-year senior Angela Borrelli was joined here at ASMS by her two younger brothers, Jim and Frank, both sophomores. While they haven’t been in the same school since middle

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How well do you know Angela Lee?

By Cheyenne Adkinson
We have all heard of her. We have probably all seen her. But do we really know Angela Lee?
Angela is a senior here at ASMS. She was recently elected as the 2017-2018 Senior Class President. She is from Dothan, Alabama and was born on November 11, 1999. She

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Student Spotlight: Scott Simpson

By Joshua Buchi
Many new faces showed up the beginning of this year (which tends to happen), many of which you’ve probably come to know well. Among those faces is Scott Simpson, an incoming sophomore from Auburn.
Scott Simpson has had a background that many people at ASMS can probably relate to – practically

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Student Spotlight: Vic Corob

By Savannah Campbell
Here at ASMS, we just so happen to have our very own ball of sunshine: Vic Corob. Whenever you run into Vic, she is sure to brighten up your day by complimenting you or just smiling and waving in your direction.
Vic is a third-year senior, and has made

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Student Spotlight: Alex Atchison

By Shannon Regan
What got you into slam poetry?
I remember in probably the eighth or ninth grade, I was going on one of my normal YouTube binges, and I came across a video – I think it was entitled “Say No” – on Button Poetry. It was on my suggested feed

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Student Spotlight: Abby Commerford

By Savannah Campbell
Abby Commerford is a junior here at ASMS, and, more importantly, my roommate. In rooming with Abby, there are a few things to get used to. Her need to always have music playing is one of the best things, while her hatred for cleaning dishes (matched only by

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Student Spotlight: Alex Stephens

By Jediael Fraser
“What?” whispered a very confused Alex Stephens when aggressively prompted for an attention-grabbing quote to open an article about him.
A resident of room M221, Alex is a third-year senior whose passions include robotics, guitar, and Spanish memes.  Alex is also the president of the Student Government Association, which

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Student Spotlight: Genevieve Eddy

By Katherine Carraway
“Are you going to poke and prod at me? Cut me open?” asks Genevieve Eddy, as the interview begins.
Genevieve is an incoming sophomore. She enjoys reading, swimming, and playing the trumpet. She’s very passionate about band and music.
In light of the recent election, I asked Genevieve who she

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Student Spotlight: Sophia Palacio

By Katherine Carraway
Sophia Palacio is the sophomore class secretary and self-proclaimed class mom. The reason for this might be evident if you spend more than fifteen minutes with her, because she will offer to make you hot chocolate or tea. There’s always traffic in and out of her room, as

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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Whitney

By Jasmine Rabon
The position of Director of Student Services at ASMS has recently been filled by Mrs. Kara Whitney, who, upon learning about the open position, immediately jumped to apply for it. Mrs. Whitney first heard about the school itself while working as a dorm adviser at the University of

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Student Spotlight: Elicia Osigwe

By Sophie Sebastiani
Elicia Osigwe is a sophomore, and she has a few humorous and odd stories that can only be expected of an incoming. Some of these stories include the priceless details of her first work service job and her first day at ASMS. More seriously, Elicia discussed what she loves

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Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Gray

By Jasmine Rabon
ASMS has recently gained another new staff member, this time in the computer science department. Mr. Gray officially began his career at ASMS last Monday after interviewing for the position midway through the previous week. Mr. Gray was initially approached about the open position during the summer by

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Student Spotlight: Marie Doyle

By Caroline Steudle
Some might say that Marie Doyle is an open book. She’s the sort of person who willingly shares just about any detail of her life with nearly anyone. After being friends with her for over two years, I’ve learned far more about her excessive sweating and her Tumblr

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Student Spotlight: Joshua Buchi Ahiabuike

By Savannah Campbell
Josh Buchi is many things, one of which happens to be one of ASMS’s published student authors. This is one of the first things that most people learn about him, since his friends like to brag on him about it every time they meet someone new.
“He has a great

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Student Spotlight: Buddy Haas

By Caroline Steudle
Buddy Haas is a staple of the ASMS campus, and his quirky personality and optimistic attitude have made him the friend of many. He’s an active SGA officer and the mind behind many of the short advertising films we all grew to love last year. I’ve interviewed him

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Student Spotlight: Tevin Roberts

By Sophie Sebastiani
On, August 31st, the population of ASMS was informed that Tevin Roberts had captured the position of 2016-2017 Junior Class Vice President. It was a large victory that many of Tevin’s friends supported. Those particular friends, as Tevin told us, really helped in his decision to run.
“I’ve always

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Faculty Spotlight: Ms. Mollise

By Hanna Bobinger
Mrs. Mollise has served as the librarian at ASMS for 15 years. All of the students know and love her – not just as our librarian, but also as someone who helps students in any way she can. Her career as a librarian began long before she came

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ortell

By Maria Echols
The din of the cafeteria isn’t exactly the place you would think about holding more than the occasional spontaneous sing-along or hall competition, but as Dr. Ortell and I sat down for an interview in the crowded lunch room, a lighthearted conversation began.
Besides just being an overall wonderful

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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Rellinger 

By Katherine Carraway
Mrs. Rellinger teaches a variety of science classes at ASMS, most of them biology related. Recently, I sat down with her to ask her about her life.
She has lived in the Mobile area for 11 years. She went to high school and college in Maryland but grew up

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Student Spotlight: German Exchange Students

By Hanna Bobinger
Exchange students from Münster, Germany come to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science every year as part of its exchange program with the Gymnasium Paulinum, which happens to be the oldest high school in Germany. This exchange serves as a cultural immersion program for ASMS students who

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Student Spotlight: Zahrah Abdulrauf

By Caroline Steudle
As everyone at ASMS probably knows, the yearbook staff recently finished the yearbook and published it on the Campus Life page for all of the school to see. But what you may not know is that the brain behind the graphic design of the yearbook was one talented

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Student Spotlight: Jeronne Carter

By Ja’Nea James
Being admitted into your top choice college is probably the most exciting part of being a high school senior. This year, ASMS senior Jeronne Carter applied for two of the most selective military academies: The United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Air Force

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Hall Staff Spotlight: Shardena Jones

by Ja’Nea James
From taking us on runs to taking care of us while we are sick, the ASMS hall staff team works extremely hard to make sure that the students’ time here is well spent. Even though they seem totally parent-like while on campus, has anyone wondered what their lives

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The Wonderfully Stupendous Robert Cooper

By Seth Young
I anticipated the interview as I walked down Da Vinci Hall. I reached the final occupied room on the hall, room M101. The sign that hung upon it read “Robert Cooper and Markell Johnson.” This sign was also upside down. Upon entering the room, I saw junior Robert

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Student Spotlight: Alexandra Atchison

By Maria Echols
Before Thanksgiving Break, many ASMS students were surprised to find that the hall competition for November was a chemistry spelling bee. However, it was guaranteed that they were even more surprised to see the winner of the bee: not a senior working towards a chemistry distinction, but an

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Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Daniels

By Zahrah Abdulrauf
“My favorite thing about teaching English is when I awaken a passion for reading great books or incredible stories in one of my students.”  Mrs. Kimberley Daniels, former English professor at the University of South Alabama (USA), shares.
Mrs. Daniels brought an impressive educational history with her when

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Erin’s Exchange

By Shannon Regan
Every year, the Spanish and German departments participate in a student exchange program. The school chooses few of its students to send overseas and in return, receives students from Spain and Germany. This year, Erin Dempsey, an ASMS junior, has traveled to Germany. Although Erin is fairly busy

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Sibling Series: The Gleeful Lees

By Amanda Peterson
Almost every returning has heard the exclamation, “Eric has a little sister!” while almost every incoming has asked “Angela has a brother?” They’re nothing alike. Well, maybe they aren’t exactly alike, but I can concur from interviewing them that they are both quite intelligent, and tremendously pleasant to

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Matthew Kang at the Mitchell Cancer Institute

by Shannon Regan
 
In February of 2014 Matthew Kang’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. While he is a local to the city of Mobile, Kang says that “being at school was hard with her being at home.” Because of this, after many meetings with many doctors and professionals, he came

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Student Spotlight: Henry Nieberg and Ida Wöstheinrich

by Hanna Bobinger
              Each year, the Alabama School of Math and Science participates in an exchange program with the Gymnasium Paulinum in Münster, Germany. This year, we are very excited to host two German exchange students, Ida Wöstheinrich and Henry Nieberg! “Gymnasiums” across Germany are the most prestigious high

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Sibling Series: Double DeRocher?

By Amanda Peterson
This year, a vast amount of our school’s incoming students happen to be siblings of current or past ASMS students. One pair of siblings that share a hallway this year are Matthew and Christopher DeRocher. I asked them both the same questions without the other’s knowledge, so this

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Going Far: The Experience of a Lifetime

By Sophie Dodd
Those who have spoken to Jessica Brandon will know her ardent passion for the German language. Recently, however, ASMS’s rising senior has been greatly rewarded for her pursuits by receiving a study trip award.
The study trip award is associated with National German Exam and the American Association for

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Choir Champion: Lorenzo Gapud

By Amanda Peterson
Ever since he can remember, Lorenzo Gapud has had a passion for singing. This passion has carried him through his entire life, starting with his church choir and onwards to the American Boychoir School. Through this program, he was able to travel all over the country and even

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Student Spotlight: Marie Doyle

By Caroline Steudle
Busting stereotypes since she joined the cheerleading team this past fall, Marie Doyle isn’t your average blonde cheerleader – in fact, she’s not really your average anything. A sophomore from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Marie is involved in a wide variety of clubs and sports. Along with

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Ketchum the Great

By Amanda Peterson
Recently, I got the chance to sit down with Todd Ketchum, an ASMS senior who has been very successful at ASMS. Todd was born in Fairhope, Alabama, and ever since has succeeded in academia. He was reading chapter books by first grade, memorizing the digits to pi by

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Jacob Dennis: First Key Club, Then the World

By Bryanna Meredith
Word spread fast around campus on Sunday, March 8, that Jacob Dennis was elected as the Alabama District Governor of Key Club International. However, this success, along with Jacob’s other accomplishments, did not come without hard work and a passion for what he does.
According to Jacob, his Key

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Becca Michel

By Sophie Dodd
Becca Michel is a third-year senior here at ASMS and she currently holds the positions of Key Club Secretary, Senior Class President, and ASMS Ambassador. But Becca certainly doesn’t do these activities to purely “build her resume”; she has genuine passion for all that she commits wholeheartedly to,

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Tisha Sellers: From ASMS to the Alps

By Maria Echols
Q: How many years have you been at ASMS?
A: 2 Years
Q: What is your idea of having a good time/ what are your hobbies?
A: Cooking, Dancing, and having fun with friends.
Q: What clubs and activities do you take part in at ASMS?
A: Key Club, Logarhythm, Cheerleading, Tennis, and

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Allis Barker

By: Roy Pankey
Junior Allis Barker’s motivation to move to ASMS, like most students’, was a better education and more opportunities. Since adjusting more than a year ago to all of the changes that come with moving to a boarding school, Allis has become heavily involved with helping others. When she

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Kelly Jeon

At the age of 10, Dayoung Jeon (known around campus as Kelly) moved from her native country of South Korea to come to America, and ever since then, she has taken the country by storm – or at least the Mobile area.
Kelly entered ASMS as a sophomore, and has since

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Gustavo Capo

By Amanda Peterson
One of ASMS’s prized juniors, Gustavo Capo, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1997. While growing up, he recalls being adventurous, curious, and independent, which is probably why he has such great abilities as a leader now. Although he did not enjoy English and reading in

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Cassidee Jones

by Caroline Steudle

A member of DIMUN, Key Club, Habitat for Humanity, Spanish Honor Society; an RLST; president of Ignite — Cassidee Jones is a wearer of many hats. The hat she might be best known for, however, is peach-colored and covered in frills.
 In addition to the many clubs and activities

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Sofia Guajardo

by Caroline Steudle
For a lot of people, coming to ASMS was a big adjustment. For Sofia Guajardo, the change seems small compared to the huge adjustment she had to make three years earlier.
“I’m originally from Mexico,” she said. “It was really hard to adjust to this lifestyle, because in Mexico,

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Ryan Simpson

By Sung-Hoon Park
Many students from all over Alabama come to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) looking for better education and preparation for college. However, because ASMS is a boarding school, some students are limited on doing certain activities outside of ASMS that they are passionate about. Ryan

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Alex White

By Messiah Williams

ASMS Sophomore Alex White is a self-proclaimed “master juggler”.
He started juggling around the time of Thanksgiving 2013. He can juggle 3 of nearly any object that he can grasp. He can also juggle in the dark with the help of multicolored glowing juggling balls. He has learned 12

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