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Senior Interview: Emily Andreasky

By Markus Weinzinger


Emily Andreasky has been active in various clubs at Tri-City and in Student Council. Emily does a great job of involving everyone in the activities and events at school. She always manages to make fellow students laugh and get excited. Emily has left a great memory in our hearts and minds, and Tri-City wishes her well after graduation. Congratulations, Emily!


Q: In what ways has Tri-City prepared you for life after high school?

A: Tri-City has helped me become a better people person. At such a small school it is hard not to get to know everyone and learn how to work with them.


Q: If you received a new pet, what would it be? What would you name it?

A: If I could get any pet, I would want a hedgehog named Sonic or a tea cup pig named Mrs. Piggy.


Q: Can you tell a funny joke? (Or share your favorite one?)


Q: What do you call a fake noodle? A: An impasta!


Q: What is your favorite color and why?

A: Purple, because my mom hates it.


Q: Who would you impersonate for a day?

A: Queen Elizabeth because then I could be all fancy and drink tea.


Q: In what place would you let your imagination run wild?

A: I would say the San Francisco Botanical Gardens because there are plants from all over the world and it’s a relaxing place in the middle of a huge city. It’s a great place to get away and get some new perspective.


Q: On the scale of 1-10 (1 being not very nerdy and 10 being completely nerdy), how would you rate your nerd factor?

A: 6.022×10^23.


Q: What has helped you get through rough times?

A: Binge watching Netflix.


Q: Who is your favorite singer/band?

A: Death Cab for Cutie.


Q: What do you plan to do immediately after school ends?

A: Sleep.


Q: From whom or what do you draw inspiration to uplifting others?

A: The most inspirational people in my life include my oldest sister Dani and my mom. They always help me get up when I am down.


Q: Has anything significantly changed about you over the years at Tri-City?

A: My ability to stay calm in stressful situations has greatly improved. I can also write an awesome paper the night before it is due.



Senior Interview: Ashley Santillan

By Markus Weinzinger


Ashley Santillan may be moving on, but with her go her memories from Tri-City. Ashley has called upon her leadership to guide fellow students in various clubs. Ashley has also been awarded Student of the Month. For the summertime, Ashley plans to enact a healthy lifestyle with sights to see. As Ashley moves on to follow her goals, she attributes her success to her time here at Tri-City Prep.


Q: Who or what has been the most helpful at Tri-City?

A: The small classroom sizes, it is really helpful having that because we get more teacher and student interactions.


Q: Did you learn a skill you didn’t expect would become helpful later on?

A: I have developed an organization skill because of Tri-City’s hectic homework quota.


Q: What do people admire most about you?

A: My leadership skills….or maybe my hair (LOL).


Q: If you could change the lyrics to your favorite song, what would be sung?

A: I ate some bugs, I ate some grass, I used my hands to wipe my…..tears.


Q: What restaurant would you pick for a celebration?

A: Who needs a restaurant when you have Mama’s cooking?


Q: With what animal would you entrust your life to in a perilous situation?

A: A wolf.


Q: How would you prefer to get around school (walk, bike, skates)?

A: Walk.


Q: If you could live for a week in an era from the past, when would it be? (1940s, 1600s, revolutions, etc.)

A: Definitely during the Roman Empire, because who wouldn’t want to live during that time?


Q: What was the most memorable outing in relation to school?

A: I would have to say the Biosphere, it was really interesting going to see that, and of course the Senior Trip. That was awesome to be there with friends!


Q: Is there a lasting trait from Tri-City you might take with you after graduation?

A: An intense motivation to finish my homework.


Q: If there was one absolute “must” for summertime, what would it be?

A: Travelling everywhere and basically living at the gym.


Q: What would you like others to know about you?

A: That I am going to be a navy officer, and because of Tri-City I wouldn’t have accomplished this. Keep treading on and follow your dreams because I am.

Senior Interview: Emily Smith

By Markus Weinzinger


Yet another student will be leaving Tri-City, but Emily Smith will not soon forget her times here.

For her, Tri-City has provided support in more ways than one. Though she typically starts her

day with little enthusiasm for getting up, her personality remains bright. She shares support for

various charities in the community, and even considers her greatest achievement as “not

going completely nuts from stress.” As Emily moves on beyond high school and out into the

world, she leaves simple advice to incoming freshmen. We will miss you, Emily!


Q: How has Tri-City been supportive?

A: It provided me with a community of people who panic about the same assignments, worry

about their future just as much, and study as much as I do! Essentially, we can all go a little crazy



Q: What starts your day off?

A: Waking up, pressing the snooze button at least 4 times, and then dragging myself to the

kitchen to get breakfast.


Q: Cat or dog person?

A: Cats!

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Teacher of the Month: Mr. Wamsley

By Gavin Sampson


Mr. Wamsley is one of Tri-City Prep’s most experienced teachers. He has been with the school since it was still on the Embry Riddle campus. He has also coached girls’ basketball for almost his entire career. He is preparing to retire soon, so his time here will soon come to a close. However, his legacy will continue even after he leaves Tri-City.

Rebecca Winters described Mr. Wamsley as “a very inspirational coach, and a very productive and cheerful teacher.”

Mr. Wamsley has been teaching for 19 years; 14 of those years have been with TCP. When asked why he decided to teach history and economics and he said that he has always enjoyed history and what it can teach us.

Kameron Ray said, “He’s kind of strict, but he is fun; and that makes him a good teacher.”

Mr. Wamsley joined the Tri-City staff when the school was still at Embry Riddle. He said he joined because the students at TCP were very driven and really wanted to learn. He added that he has greatly enjoyed teaching at Tri-City.

Danny Calzada spoke about Mr. Wamsley and said, “Mr. Wamsley is a really cool teacher. He is really chill and smart.”

After he retires, Mr. Wamsley is thinking of travelling and possibly buying a boat to sail in. He also wanted to say before he left that “You all have been great students, and I have really enjoyed my time here”.


Senior Interview: Taylor Whittemore

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.