The Bordentown Regional High School Class of 2021 is set to graduate June 17, and the Current once again sent its annual questionnaires to the top 10 seniors. Responses follow below.

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Rishi

Rishi Machanpalli

Georgia Institute of Technology

Computer science

Career plans: Software engineer at a FAANG company

BRHS activities: TSA, cross country, Track, FBLA, STEM for Kids, math club

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? While senior year still hasn’t been completely normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was definitely an improvement from last year. I am happy that I was able to meet some of my classmates at cross country, track, and prom.

Favorite quote: “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” –Elon Musk

Calvin Leung

Calvin Leung

University of Miami

Mathematics and economics

Career plans: Actuary or pre-medicine

BRHS activities: Cross country, track, Student Council, sustainability club, and math club

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It wasn’t the best. Not seeing friends as often and not experiencing all the events we would normally have definitely sucked, and I lost a lot of motivation to do schoolwork, but I managed to pull through, it all and I feel like I’ve become a much stronger person than I was a year ago.

Favorite quote: “Work so hard that one day your signature becomes an autograph.”

Shreya

Shreya Manak

Carnegie Mellon University

Chemical engineering and biomedical engineering

Career plans: Chemical engineer in the pharmaceutical industry

BRHS activities: Marching and concert bands, TSA, Interact, Key Clubs, Debate and Model UN, biology club, sustainability clubs NHS and STEM for Kids

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? Experiencing my senior year at the tail of the pandemic was interesting. While I enjoyed waking up later and shorter school days, isolation from my friends and peers was not a fun time. I am grateful that I got closer to the people whom I care about the most, even if some of them were physically far away. .

Favorite quote: “Everything is not what it seems.” –Alexandra Margarita Russo

Matt

Matthew LoGiudice

The College of New Jersey

Undecided

Career plans: Computer science or medicine

BRHS activities: National Honor Society, computer science club, track and field, FBLA, robotics club, math club, Technology Student Association, STEM for kids, Spanish club

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? When we first got out in March, I didn’t expect that I’d want to return so badly. Hybrid learning wasn’t too bad but it’s a shame high school had to end like this.

Favorite quote: “The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves.”–Bob Proctor

Nicholas

Nicholas Eiffert

University of Pennsylvania

Mathematics

Career plans: Data science or software engineering

BRHS activities: Track and field, cross country, math club, FBLA

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It felt a bit boring. I wasn’t able to see most of my classmates for a good portion of the year, and we still have shortened days every day. I am grateful though that we had prom, sports, and that we’ll be able to go on our senior trip and have graduation.

Favorite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” –Steve Prefontaine

Emily Wheeler

Emily Wheeler

Westmont College

Finance and marketing, minors in French and coaching

Career plans: Fashion advertising director for a company like Kering, Estee Lauder or Chanel

BRHS activities: Track and field, soccer, Student Council, FBLA, math club, American Legion Girl’s State, Faith Hope and Charity

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? The pandemic taught me a lot. The most important lesson was that you can’t expect something to happen just because it did in the past. You can either sit at home with your fingers crossed and cry about it or you can stand up, get dressed and make it happen.

Favorite quote: “You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”–Elle Woods

Jillian

Jillian Perez

University of Delaware

Neuroscience

Career plans: Neuroscience research

BRHS activities: Cross country, track and field, sustainability club, art club, math club, Interact, homecoming committee

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It was not ideal. I had to learn how to adapt to a new way of life.

Favorite quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

jess

Jessica Wilson

Virginia Wesleyan University

Sustainability management

Career plans: Sustainability officer

BRHS activities: Sustainability club, Student Representative of the Bordentown Township Environmental Commission, class Vice President, Interact, National Honors Society, Key Club, cross country, track and field

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? After being separated for so long, I feel that it allowed us to really appreciate every moment as our time together comes to an end.

Favorite quote: “Human beings are a mosaic of every person we’ve ever met.”

Hailey

Hailey Cope

The College of New Jersey

Finance

Career plans: Real estate

BRHS activities: Softball

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? When the pandemic first began, I never thought that it would continue through my senior year, but I personally made the best out of it. I continued to stay focused on academics while still making the most out of my senior year.

Favorite quote: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” –Walt Disney

Ben

Benjamin Heller

University of Delaware

Mathematics

Career plans: Something that involves numbers

BRHS activities: Marching band, jazz band, concert band, pit orchestra, percussion ensemble

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It was rough missing out on a lot of the experiences I was already set to have. Without many capabilities to talk with friends that I used to see in school I’m glad that there was still a functioning band program and good grades to keep me motivated.

Favorite quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” –Richard Branson