Experienced Parents, Students and Staff Speak Out
Nicole Savage (Palisades High Senior)
My name is Nicole Savage and I’m a senior at Palisades Charter High School. I’ve attended the Palisades Charter Complex from the beginning, Marquez Elementary, Revere Middle School, and Pali High. Now, as President of the Pali Ambassadors, I enlist students to conduct tours of our high school so we can share all the wonderful things about it.
What can I tell you about my experience over the last twelve years? It’s been great. I have friends I first met in Kindergarten, I’ve had some of the finest teachers ever and learned more than I can even remember. Some of my best experiences centered on music. Beginning in 3rd grade, I took up the flute and joined the Marquez Orchestra. The program was run by Mr. Newman; and in addition to playing concerts at school, I also participated in the Honors Orchestra, which rehearsed for a one-time concert at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. It was an amazing experience, playing before a huge audience, with top musicians from a number of different elementary schools. I continued to play for all three years at Paul Revere, in an incredible music program run by Ms. Jacques and Mr. Miyoshi. We played two concerts a year in Revere’s beautiful auditorium. There were over 400 musicians in the program and ten different orchestral groups. For two years, I was a member of the Symphony, which rehearsed two days a week and included the school’s top musicians. When the Symphony played, many in the audience thought we sounded as if we were professionals.
My school years in the Palisades Complex have defined my childhood. They’ve given me a community and friends I think I’ll keep for a lifetime. Academically, socially, musically, athletically – I’ve been given all the opportunities imaginable. And now I’m using that experience to apply to college. Next year, I hope to be attending one of my top choices: Stanford, Harvard or Yale; and I owe a lot of those possibilities to the schools that have shaped my life.
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