By Markus Weinzinger
Taylor Whittemore has displayed a unique character while at Tri-City. She enjoys the small school environment. Taylor speaks of a passion for stories from the shows on Netflix or by her favorite authors. She enjoys writing, which will become a mainstay into her dream career. Her first travel destination is the center for popular shows and series. As Taylor moves on and looks back, she has come to appreciate the rigorous (though sometimes stressful) courses that have prepared her for the next step in education.
Q: What do you like most about Tri-City?
A: I love the connections between the students and the teachers. Because Tri-City is a smaller school, it allows the students to build closer relationships with the teachers, and this can improve the educational experience for both people. The student feels more at ease approaching the teacher if they have an issue or need help, and the teacher enjoys helping the student more because they are invested in their education. This extends to relationships between students as well, for we all have knowledge of just about every other person in our grade. It really makes Tri-City feel like a family instead of just a school.
Q: Who is/are your favorite teacher(s)? Why?
A: I feel like this is a very dangerous question… regardless, I don’t have a favorite teacher or even a few favorite teachers I could share here. Each teacher has impacted me in a very different way and has influenced my high school education.
Q: What do you consider spending quality time on (or with)?
A: I think there are a lot of different things to spend quality time on, and it depends on the individual and their interests. For me personally, it would be spending time with friends and family, writing, and analyzing books, television shows, and films.
Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?
A: My favorite hobby is writing, whether it be short stories or chapters of my novel or screenplay treatments or analysis papers. It allows me to do whatever I want, to become everyone I cannot, and that is an invaluable power.
Q: If you could have any superpowers, what would they be and how would you use them?
A: I would want the power of telekinesis so I could manipulate objects with my mind. It would be rather convenient to summon something across the room without getting up or type a paper without having to actually move a finger; I suppose there would be the danger of becoming too inactive with this power though. I think the ability to tell whether someone is lying or not would also be rather useful because then I would never need to worry about someone telling me a lie.
Q: Where have you gone (around the world)?
A: I have been across the United States in an RV several times, so I have been in the majority of the states in America. I have also visited Niagara Falls in Canada as well as Rocky Point and Cancun in Mexico.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, what would be your first stop?
A: My first stop would probably be London. The city itself seems fascinating. Furthermore, the Sherlock Holmes serials, Doctor Who episodes, and Harry Potter series all have moments pertaining to the area, and I would be rather excited to see all the various locations described. Hot tea is definitely a plus as well.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: This is a difficult question, and I don’t think I could pick just one. I love J.K. Rowling’s ability to capture the transition of age, Lauren Oliver’s talent of weaving intriguing stories, and Richelle Mead’s skill in capturing characterization.
Q: What are your favorite shows on Netflix?
A: My favorite shows on Netflix include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sherlock, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Orange is the New Black, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.
Q: Do you have a memorable field trip from Tri-City?
A: My sophomore year, I was involved with Mock Trial, and the students participating in the competition went up to Flagstaff. It is the only field trip I have taken with the school where I have stayed overnight, and it was fun seeing all my classmates get prepared for the competition and then being involved with the competition itself. Another memorable field trip, though I’m not entirely sure it qualifies as a field trip, was the camping trip my sophomore Life Skills class took, for it resulted in us quickly having to evacuate the site and then spend the night at the school. We watched Iron Man 2 on Netflix in the Media Center.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job would be working as a showrunner for a television show, being part of a writer’s room, or writing screenplays for films.
Q: Is there anything you would change or keep the same about Tri-City (looking back)?
A: I wish I could change how valuable grades are to students and colleges, but I suppose that issue extends past Tri-City. However, I believe it applies to our school more than most others because Tri-City students strive to do well in their courses, meaning they are more likely to develop anxiety over grades. If there was one thing I would not change, however, it would be the difficulty of the courses. Though they may have been difficult to struggle through at times, I believe they have adequately prepared me for college.