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Senior Spotlight: Scarlett Campbell and Audrey Panik

Scarlett Campbell
Scarlett is president of Best Buddies Club and STEM Club

Meet Scarlett Campbell

Q: What is your favorite thing about being president of best buddies?
A: To me, the best part about being president of best buddies is the fact that I had the opportunity to build such special relationships with the STAR students. I have had such an amazing experience working closely with Steph, Thomas, Abby, and Hudson and I will be sure to keep in touch with each of them after I leave for college.

Q: With being president, what responsibilities come along with it? Do you have to plan all of the activities you do?
A: A huge part of my role is organization and communication. With the help of the board, I come up with a lot of ideas for parties or gatherings and communicate it to the rest of the club, in addition to the STARS.

Q: What did you have to do to become president?
A: In order to become president of best buddies, I had to make sure I was involved throughout the past four years. I have been a member of best buddies since freshman year and in my junior year, I was vice president. In order to get a position on the board of best buddies, you have to prove that you have been involved and then run for the position.

Q: What advice would you give to an underclassman thinking about joining best buddies?
A: Best buddies has been the most rewarding as well as my favorite part of high school by a landslide. I can truly not say enough good things about it and I would tell underclassmen exactly that and seriously encourage everyone to join.

Q: Do you have any goals for best buddies this year? If so, what, and how do you wish to achieve them?
A: Particularly since we are finally living through a normal school year, my goal for the club is to continue having as many meetings and parties as possible. I would also like to get the word out and encourage more people to join next year, especially underclassmen.

Q: What did you have to do to become president of the STEM club?
A: As a junior, one of the STEM club’s founders, Mason Paulik ‘21, encouraged me to get involved. I ran for the position and was uncontested which is how I became president.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the STEM club?
A: I joined Tech Club my freshman year because I enjoy building stuff and creating projects with microcomputers.

Q: What advice would you give to an underclassman thinking about joining a club in general?
A: My biggest piece of advice to underclassmen is to get involved as much as possible. Clubs are not only extremely important when it comes to the application process for college, but they also shape a huge portion of your work ethic whether you choose to run for a leadership role or not. Bernards has numerous clubs that are bound to apply to at least one of your passions and I seriously recommend working hard in areas outside of academics in our high school.

Q: What are you going to miss the most when you go to college?
A: I will miss my friends and teachers the most when I go to college.

Q: Advice you would give to a freshman?
A: One thing I would tell myself freshman year is to try very hard because freshman-year grades do matter!

Meet Audrey Panik

Q: Do you enjoy being the BOE representative? Why or why not?
A: Yes, I enjoy keeping the community updated on current events taking place at Bernards, as well as having a say in ongoing disputes.

Q: Is being one of the BOE representatives stressful? Why or why not? ?
A: I wouldn’t call it stressful, but there is certainly pressure to perform well at each meeting and accurately represent my peers.

Q: What have your experiences been like at the past few meetings?
A: Fantastic! The community has been very supportive and it’s been a pleasure to speak on behalf of the BHS student body. I especially look forward to seeing my past and present teachers in attendance.

Q: Did you think that you would be elected to be a BOE representative?
A: Honestly, no… but the nomination was a pleasant surprise!

Q: What piece of advice would you give to future BOE representatives?
A: Don’t be afraid to share your opinions on current events throughout the district, but make sure you do so in a respectful, professional manner.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being an EMT?
A: I especially love the fast-paced nature that comes with volunteering as an EMT, as it constantly exposes me to a variety of situations, allowing me to always learn something new.

Q: Does being an EMT correlate with anything you want to do in the future?
A: Yes, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field.

Q: Is it difficult being an EMT when it comes to time management and why?
A: At first it was difficult, but the more you participate, the more accustomed to the routine you become.

Q: What made you want to create a Girl Up club?
A: My friend from Millburn High School leads her own chapter of Girl Up, and inspired me to create my own during my sophomore year.

Q: What are some activities you do in the club?
A: Our most popular activity has been our annual cookie walk, during which we sell cookies to fundraise for girls’ education, but we’ve also facilitated workshops on gender based violence and co-hosted a 5K.

Q: What would you tell someone thinking about joining Girl Up club?
A: Absolutely join! We are always happy to see new faces at our meetings, and it’s a great opportunity to contribute to a meaningful cause and connect with new people.

Q: What has been your favorite memory while running the club?
A: Completing the 5K with club web designer Leia Norton by my side… ‘twas certainly an entertaining run.

Q: What are you going to miss when you go to college and why?
A: I’ll miss being a part of the supportive and welcoming community that is the BHS Madrigals (and I’ll especially miss our annual lip-sync battles).

Q: Advice you would give to a freshman?
A: Participate in things that excite you! Don’t sign up for a sport or club simply because you think it will “look good for college” join because it interests you.

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