Minni Wilcox, '18 - Student Body President
Hear from one of our students as she shares about her time at Benjamin Franklin Charter School. We had a great time sitting down and talking with her!
Q: What kind of activities are you involved in?
Minni: "I'm involved in sports - I play volleyball, basketball, and softball - I'm also Student Body President, so I help with a lot of STUGO (Student Government) activities here at the school. We put together a lot of dances, like Homecoming, and organize Spirit Weeks to promote school spirit and pride in our community."
Q: How did you end up at Benjamin Franklin?
Minni: "I first came to Benjamin Franklin because we had some friends that were older [than me] that had gone to a public school in our neighborhood and they said that they hadn't enjoyed their experience there and that they were moving to Benjamin Franklin. So, my mom just put me in Benjamin Franklin right in kindergarten!"
Q: What are some of your favorite parts of attending school here?
Minni: "My classes are great. Many of them are surrounded by the virtues we teach here at the school - even if you're in History class they'll tie in virtues by bringing up 'This is a virtuous thing these philosophers were talking about.' We also read a lot of books in English where we discuss the virtues and morality of the characters, as well as of the story itself. And the virtues being talked about are exemplified by the students here. I feel like the students at Benjamin Franklin are overall really great people - they're extremely courteous and kind to one another, and you can see that the virtues aren't just being taught, but that they are being applied everyday. I also appreciate how the teachers push you to do better in your classes, and they're always open for you to come in to their classroom for one-on-one tutoring or help.
Q: How did you end up at Benjamin Franklin? What has your experience been like?
Minni: "I first came to Benjamin Franklin because we had some friends that were older that had gone to a public school in our neighborhood and they said that they hadn't enjoyed their experience there and that they were moving to Benjamin Franklin. So, my mom just put me in Benjamin Franklin right in kindergarten! Growing up through the elementary school and then coming here [high school] was a great experience - my classmates and I have built character together, we do things together, and because of that [I feel a] connection with a lot of students here. I feel that same connection with many of the staff as well."
"There are definitely some things that I remember from elementary school that have helped to lay a foundation for my time at Benjamin Franklin. Even recently when I was preparing and studying for the ACT I remembered a lot of those really basic and fundamental concepts that helped lay the foundation for everything else - especially in terms of reading and writing."
"For [my experience in] high school, even with the rigor of the classes and the amount of homework I've had to do, I feel like I've been able to manage my time well and I've been able to study well for them. And I feel like that has helped me to prepare to go to college - I know how to study, I know how to do my homework, and I know how to impress my teachers."
Q: If you had to sum up why you've enjoyed being a BFCS student in a couple of sentences, what would that be?
Minni: "I like being at Benjamin Franklin because I feel like I'm a part of something bigger, I feel like I'm a part of this big family, and we've all learned to become great people through the courses, virtues, and morals we've studied, and because of that we're going to go out and help change the world."
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