By Steev Riccardo
Bartlett High School senior Megan Baker wants to be a journalist and hopes to someday travel all over the world.
These days she is staying quite busy and doing about as much as a high school senior can do.
The Webster School’s Superintendent Award winner is currently dually enrolled in Bartlett High School and Quisigamond Community College in Worcester, where she hopes to amass 30 college credits-- while at the same time earning a high school diploma.
“It’s two very different environments,” said Baker, “I like going to Quinsig and taking all my classes there and meeting new people and having a change of pace. It gets a little dull being in the same school for six years. Going to Quinsig has made everything new and different and more interesting.”
In October, Baker was named the Webster School’s Superintendent Award winner and was honored to receive the award. “It was a really good thing,” she said.
She attended a district wide banquet and sat and met with the other area superintendent winners including Jaclyn Rambarran and Samuel Flibbert, the co- superintendent winners from Shepherd Hill. “It was a really nice banquet and it was incredible to hear about what some of these kids were doing. It was really nice to have all that company around.”
Webster Superintendent of School George Chiardi has been very impressed with Baker for some time and raves about her. “We were really honored to accompany Megan to the Superintendents Scholar dinner because in many ways she represents the best in Bartlett students.”
“She is at the top of her class, taking a demanding schedule which includes courses at Quinsigamond Community College, and she stays connected to the school here with her extracurricular activities and her interest in journalism. It was a pleasure to select her.”
Baker has been a high honor student since she was in third grade and has had no trouble balancing a hectic schedule.
Along with maintaining a very high grade point average and being an elected member of the Student Council, Baker has been involved with the school choir group Impressions as well as the school band since her freshmen year.
When she is not playing the alto saxophone in the jazz band, she is dancing competitively with the Canty Dance Center which “takes up a lot” of her time. She takes classes at the center three times a week.
It’s hard to imagine a schedule like this, but Baker takes it all in stride with a smile on her face and has always been very active throughout her school years.
She played soccer and tennis while in the eighth grade before getting more involved in the choir and music. She was also class vice-president in her freshman and sophomore years and started up with the National Honor Society in her junior year.
She looks up to her sister Katy, who went to Mass Academy where she spent her junior year before spending her senior year at WPI. “School has always come easy to both me and my sister.”
She also credits both of her parents Leslie and Jeffery Baker also as being great role models for her as well as “all her teachers.”
She and her mom have also done some community service work together such as volunteering at The Habitat for Humanity Restore in Worcester.
Baker has her eyes set on a communications degree from Boston University, where she hopes to get accepted. She has already been accepted at the University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, and Simmons College, but BU is her “first choice.”
Once in school, she will begin to pursue an internship at a newspaper; when she gets her degree(s) she'll pursue a journalism career during which she hopes “to talk to different people in communities and bring out great stories, bringing notice to different issues that need attention.”
Megan Baker has a bright future, and it's hard to imagine that she won’t be successful in everything she does.
- Wednesday, 15 February 2012
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