Lem and Michael: get to know members of the Class of 2019

During the month of June, we’re running a blog series to introduce you to our eighth grade students. They’re extraordinary people. We can’t wait to see how they make their mark on the world!

lem

In the fall Lem will attend the Academy of American Studies, a New York City magnet school with a focus on American History. An aspiring history buff with an interest in urban planning, Lem says he’s excited for high school. And his commute will improve dramatically. (He currently travels to Hoboken from Queens every day.)

At Mustard Seed, Lem’s honed his love of algebra and statistics. He enjoys working with complex numbers. There was a time, he says, when he struggled with formulas. Now he understands how they flow and work together. And every formula has a place. He’s grateful to Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Choi for all that they’ve taught him. He encourages them to keep up the good work!

In his free time, Lem likes to play video games. Or take long walks around the city and think about how all of the city systems work together to create the infrastructure.  

If he could travel anywhere, it would be to San Francisco because of its proximity to the bay and ocean. He admires the history of the city and is amazed that anyone would build a city on the sheer rock face.

As to the future, Lem has an interest in marine biology and viruses. He may go into research one day, and he hopes to find a cure for influenza.

Lem has this advice for younger students: it’s okay to change your mind. You can leave some decisions open. Try lots of different things!

 

michael

Michael will attend St. Peter’s Prep next year as an Ignatian Scholar. He looks forward to studying biology, chemistry, and physics. Going on retreats and field trips. And he plans to audition for the VOX singing group.

At Mustard Seed, Michael has enjoyed language arts class. He enjoys uncovering the hidden meaning in books, and exploring the author’s intent. Michael’s such a fan of reading, in fact, that he attended a book club in a local bookstore. Even though he was the only student in a group of adults, he joined the group. This led to an internship at the store.

Michael says that Mustard Seed teachers are helpful and encouraging. He remembers that in fourth grade, he struggled to work through some math equations. His teachers showed him where he was making mistakes. How to fix them. Why the solutions worked. To this day, math may not always be his strongest subject, but Michael works hard and finds it interesting.

Music is an important part of Michael’s life. In the future, he hopes that he will change the world through making music. Connecting with people and sharing a message of acceptance and love. He’s a member of the Mustard Seed Chorus. The Vice Principal in the middle school PROS ensemble. And he enjoys listening to rock & roll and hip hop music. If he could attend any concert, he would go back in time and hear Freddie Mercury play with Queen.

His advice for younger students? Enjoy your Mustard Seed experience. It will go by fast.

 

Abby Liu

ABBY LIU, Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Liu loves to tell the Mustard Seed story. She’s the parent of a current MSS student and a recent alum.