A Reflection on Good

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A Reflection on Good

Laila Avery, Reporter

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In the Spanish language, Buena means ‘good’. High school, for many students, is a good thing. For many more, it’s a challenge. For even more, however, it’s a molding and refining period before adult life. I asked an Honors English class what they thought of this place that became a second home to them, with a second family. These are their answers.

 

Question: What’s the best thing about Buena?

 

“The vending machines are by far the best thing about Buena.”

Morgan Snopkowski, Sophomore

 

“The wide range of elective options.”

Aiden Falcon, Sophomore

 

“In my opinion, the best thing about Buena is the various classes that the student can choose from.”

Ryan Cruz, Sophomore

 

“The best thing about Buena are the many kind teachers it has, and the soccer program.”

Hailey Delos Santos, Sophomore

 

“The best thing about Buena High School is the nachos.”

Angela Aguilar, Sophomore

 

“The best thing about Buena is its cultural and ethnic diversity.”

Tobias Temple, Sophomore

 

“The best thing about Buena so far is the food.”

Adrian Arellano, Freshman

 

“The unity of the sports programs here, and the way it feels like a family.”

Brian Schwaiger, Sophomore

 

“The best thing about Buena is the opportunities to take and experience different classes that you may be interested in.”

Emma Wolfe, Sophomore

 

“Everything about Buena; vending machines.”

Genesis Elizarraraz, Sophomore

 

“JROTC is the best thing about Buena.”

Anastasia Obal, Sophomore

 

Question: What’s the most memorable event that has occurred at Buena?

 

“The bomb threats are definitely the most memorable events that have occurred.”

Morgan Snopkowski, Sophomore

(A common theme amongst all students.)

 

“The most memorable event at Buena for me, personally, is when student council got Ali Tomineek to come to the school and perform. It was really inspirational to see a rapper who doesn’t need to curse to be good.”

Tobias Temple, Sophomore

 

Question: What is one thing that Buena gave you that you will always be grateful for?

 

“One thing that I acquired at Buena that I will always be grateful for is the chance to mature.”

Ryan Cruz, Sophomore

 

“One thing I’ve acquired at Buena are friendships that I’ll always remember.”

Angela Aguilar, Sophomore

 

“Knowing which people to avoid.”

Angelika Amador-Hernandez, Sophomore

 

“Buena helped me greatly with putting more effort and focus into anything I do.”

Tobias Temple, Sophomore

 

“Joining the football team in 9th grade and gaining the recognition that I’m actually a high schooler.”

Brian Schwaiger, Sophomore

 

“I am grateful for the friends I’ve made here.”

Ariana Little, Sophomore

 

Question: What’s your biggest hope for yourself while at Buena?

 

“The biggest hope for myself while at Buena is winning medals in sports and having good grades.”

Ryan Cruz, Sophomore

 

“At Buena, I hope to bring Buena a state champ trophy for girls soccer, but with the school’s support.”

Hailey Delos Santos, Sophomore

 

“My biggest hope is that I can be myself and learn when I am at this school.”

Bryce Baker, Sophomore

 

“I hope I will leave happy and be grateful for the memories.”

Angela Aguilar, Sophomore

 

“My biggest hope is to become a president of a club at this school, so I can leave my mark and improve the school.”

Tobias Temple, Sophomore

 

“That I will finish with scholarships and go to college.”

Adrian Arellano, Freshman

 

“Graduate with a high GPA, go to a top university, and win a state XC Championship.”

Braeden Steele, Sophomore

 

“To start the varsity football team my senior year after all the hard work.”

Brian Schwaiger, Sophomore

 

“Being a better person.”

Jaelin Husted, Sophomore

 

“My biggest hope while at Buena is…[that] I hope my grades stay A’s and B’s.”

Ariana Little, Sophomore

 

“To get a really high GPA.”

Lillie Smith, Sophomore

 

“Become a better person.”

Genesis Elizarraraz, Sophomore

 

“To graduate with amazing grades and be the CSM and BC in JROTC.”

Anastasia Obal, Sophomore

 

And with these hopes, dreams, and memories come a side note for the future.

 

Question: What’s the biggest thing Buena can improve?

 

“The classroom environment and … [making] it more comfortable to be in.”

Morgan Snopkowski, Sophomore

 

“The biggest thing Buena could improve on is respect, for both students and teachers.”

Trista Taylor, Sophomore

 

“Everything. The prices of things, the maintenance, the look (get remodeled!), the spirit day… , the dances.”

D’Amari Threatt, Sophomore

 

“Buena could improve on equal support for school activities. The students and teachers tend to favor the ‘big leagues’, such as football and baseball, leaving the other programs in the dust, even though other programs win more games/awards.”

Hailey Delos Santos, Sophomore

 

“The greatest thing we could improve on is making sure that students actually understand and retain the info they’re learning.”

Angela Aguilar, Sophomore

 

“I don’t see anything Buena can improve, this school is truly great!”

Tobias Temple, Sophomore

 

“Monitoring the kids more frequently so fights and bullying can’t break out.”

Brian Schwaiger, Sophomore

 

“The biggest thing Buena could improve on is the towering load of work that is piled on the students.”

Emma Wolfe, Sophomore

 

“Everything, especially bathrooms.”

Lillie Smith, Sophomore

 

“Bathrooms, organization of RTI, Chromebooks.”

Genesis Elizarraraz, Sophomore

 

“There’s a lack of teachers, and pep rallies aren’t usually good.”

Anastasia Obal, Sophomore

 

“Mostly how everything works.”

Angelika Amador-Hernandez, Sophomore

 

Buena has dreamers. Buena has students that are grateful for what they’ve gained here. Buena has good. Take heed and better the future.