Student Profile: Amari Paige (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Amari is a junior from District 87.
OES: This is your second year with us. How are things different this year?
AP: I came in the middle of the year last year, so it was kind of hard. Since I started here this year I’ve been able to pace myself more.
OES: How do you like computer aided instruction?
AP: It’s pretty okay. It’s better than sitting in a classroom listening to teachers talk and talk and talk. Here I learn things I need. At my old school they gave us unnecessary assignments.
OES: Compare the work you do here to what you have done at your district school.
AP: The English is the same. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 10 the work here is a 7 or 8.
OES: How does your mom feel about the program?
AP: She likes it. She just wants me to do well and succeed in all my subjects.
OES: What’s your favorite subject?
AP: Geometry. I like numbers and shapes.
OES: What’s the most difficult?
AP: Chemistry. The formulas and calculations are hard.
OES: Let’s talk about your teachers.
AP: They’re cool, very, very cool.
OES: What do you think of the environment in the center?
AP: I feel like I fit in. I don’t feel out of place. I give respect and get respect back.
OES: Any thoughts yet about life after high school?
AP: I want to go to college and study technology of some kind.
OES: How do you spend your time outside of school?
AP: I’m on the track team at West.
OES: What are your events?
AP: The 4×100 relay, 55 meter run and high jump.
OES: Has the season started yet?
AP: Yes, we have a conference meet with Proviso West this weekend.
OES: If you knew someone who was going to join us, what would you tell them?
AP: Give it a chance, you might like it here. Just keep your head clear and do your work.
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