New-look council makes history

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WARREN, Mich. (June 5, 2019) – For the first time in school history, De La Salle Collegiate will have a senior class cabinet made up of all International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students.

In April, juniors Noah Cole, Ryan Drake, Joey Opolski, and Jarod Amparo were elected by their peers to head up the school’s 94th student council, as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively.

Cole is the 103rd student council president in the school’s 94-year history. De La Salle has elected co-presidents nine times (1934, ’37, ’38, ’44, ’45, ’51, ’80, ’90, and ’94).

“Our new officers Noah Cole, Joe Opolski, Ryan Drake and Jarod Amparo are going to do a phenomenal job supporting their classmates,” said Brad Cusumano, De La Salle’s IB coordinator. “For them to be a part of the most rigorous program at De La Salle and be a voice for their fellow Pilots is a testament to their dedication and hard work.

The new cabinet replaces the outgoing 2019 class, led by President Dino Bucci III.

The 2019-20 student council cabinet (L-R): juniors Joey Opolski, Ryan Drake, Noah Cole and Jarod Amparo. (Photo by Kevin Fitzhenry/De La Salle)

Noah Cole

NOAH COLE – President
GPA: 4.29
Extracurricular: Football, WAMS

What figure in history inspires you the most and why?
Martin Luther King Jr. is a historical figure that inspires me most. The reason for this being is that he stood up for something so significant and important in a time era when it was not easy. He protested peacefully while violence was not unheard of to be used against him and his people.

Who is your favorite De La Salle teacher and why?
I don’t know if I could truly answer which teacher of mine here at De La Salle is or was my favorite teacher. Each teacher has been so great and helped me progress in my education. A couple teachers that immediately come to mind when somebody says De La Salle are Mr. Slusser, Mrs. Michol, and Mr. Kirck. All three of these teachers were great while I had them in class and I found myself to really enjoy their classes.

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is to put all that I have into something and have it not be good enough. I stride to be the best at what I do and the thought of not being good enough is scary.

Where do you hope to go to college?
My dream school would be the University of Michigan. I am a diehard Michigan State fan but U-M’s engineering and business schools are undeniably outstanding and would be a dream to attend one of them.

What is your career choice and why?
I am currently undecided but I currently like the idea of becoming a mechanical engineer with an MBA. That way I can hopefully get a job at one of the big three car factories as an engineer or work in the business field.

What has been your most memorable service project and why?
The most memorable service project for me would probably the Summer in the City play site projects. Throughout this past summer the IB kids did multiple service projects with an organization known as Summer in the City. For some of the sites we planted, others we played with kids, and others we painted. My favorite was definitely the play sites. We worked with little kids who did not have much. They really looked up to us and some of the kids were really cool. At the end of the summer there was a finale at Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park. I attended this finale with the football team but had visited this site just a week earlier to clean it up. It was very fulfilling to see the kids that I had worked with all summer enjoy a park that I had helped to clean up.

What prompted you to register in De La Salle’s IB programme?
The idea that I would be taking the most rigorous class load possible was something that really appealed to me. I knew that it would help me when applying to colleges and I have big goals, in terms of college, that I want to meet and I am willing to do as much as I can to reach those goals.

Ryan Drake         

RYAN DRAKE— Vice President
GPA:
4.22
Service: IB Trip to Montana working with the Blackfeet community; Brilliant Detroit; Keep Growing Detroit; Summer in the City; Project Health Community.
Extracurricular: Varsity Baseball

What figure in history inspires you the most and why?
The historical figure that influences me the most would have to be Michelangelo since he always did everything in his life with a chip on his shoulder. He was given a poor piece of marble to work with, yet created one of his most memorable pieces of work just to prove them wrong. 

Who is your favorite De La Salle teacher and why?
Mr. Legato tops of the list of teachers for my favorite at De La Salle. He was my math teacher freshman year for Honors Algebra 2 and also had him again for junior and senior years for the IB HL Math. Mr. Legato understands what it’s like to be a high school student.

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is failing. I fail in a lot of things, but they are not big enough to ruin a life or restrict me from trying again but just taking a different approach. Failing in this sense would be not living my life to the fullest.

Where do you hope to go to college?
After I graduate from De La Salle, I don’t have any plan on where I want to attend college. Right now I’m just trying to focus on getting to college and graduating high school with impressive numbers. Getting the IB diploma is the most important part of my life at the moment.

What is your career choice and why?
Currently I have only a few ideas of what I want to do, but nothing concrete. I’m looking into the medical field, whether it be some sort of surgeon or a physiatrist. In addition to the medical field, I am looking into something in the law field, like a lawyer.

What has been your most memorable service project and why?
The IB service trip to Montana was definitely the most memorable service trip we took. We spend a week emerged in a different culture and it was just an amazing experience. Hiking in the mountains and spending time in the classroom will be an experience I will never forget.

What prompted you to register in De La Salle’s IB programme?
Normal school has always lacked a sort of challenge, so knowing IB is the most rigorous programme offered to high school students, it was worth a shot. IB is very difficult and very time consuming, so it is definitely a challenge.

Joey Opolski

JOEY OPOLSKI – Treasurer
GPA: 3.9
Extracurricular: Lacrosse and WAMS.

What figure in history inspires you the most and why?
A figure in history that inspires me is Henry Ford because not many know that he failed twice with companies before finally succeeding. I admire his perseverance in following his dream and succeeding in the car industry.

Who is your favorite De La Salle teacher and why?
My favorite De La Salle teacher is Mrs. Michol because she is a very good teacher, wants what’s best for her students, and is always willing to give help to whoever needs it.

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is failure because I am scared that if I try my best it still will not be enough to succeed.

Where do you hope to go to college?
I hope to go either to Wayne State or Oakland University for my undergraduate studies and then transfer to a larger university for med school.

What is your career choice and why?
I want to be a doctor, more specifically either a pediatrician or a doctor in the ER. The reason I want to pursue this career path because I am very interested in science and medicine and I enjoy helping others and this career would allow me to help others when they need help the most.

What has been your most memorable service project and why?
The most memorable service project I have been on would be my service trip to Montana in September with seven other IB students and four faculty members from De La Salle. Through this experience I was able to grow closer with my fellow IB classmates that I will spend a majority of junior and senior year in classes with. On this trip, we aided in classrooms at De La Salle Blackfeet (a Lasallian grade school) and hiked various trails at Glacier National Park. This was an unforgettable experience which allowed us to appreciate the things we take for granted such as our education and see beauty in the outdoors through hiking.

What prompted you to register in De La Salle’s IB programme?
I wanted to join the IB program at De La Salle because I believe it would push me to exceed my limits and allow me to be in the best possible academic place when applying for and starting out in college.

Jarod Amparo

JAROD AMPARO – Secretary
GPA: 4.4
Extracurricular: Marching Band, Jazz Band. And WAMS.

What figure in history inspires you the most and why?
St. Joseph inspires me the most because he was the first defender of Holy Mary and Jesus Christ. Like most fathers, he had to constantly be on guard for anything that threatened his family, which was especially perilous seeing as he was the foster father of Jesus Christ.

Who is your favorite De La Salle teacher and why?
My favorite teacher at De La Salle is Mrs. Michol. She’s always very respectful to me and my fellow students, and my writing has exponentially improved during the years I have had her as a teacher.

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is wasting my life doing a job I don’t enjoy, for a cause that doesn’t matter.

Where do you hope to go to college?
I hope to go to college at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, or an Ivy League school if I’m very lucky.

What is your career choice and why?
I would like to be a lawyer because I am very interested in the American Legal System.

What has been your most memorable service project and why?
The IB Class of 2020 trip to Montana is the most memorable service project I have participated in. Until that trip, I had never personally experienced a disadvantaged community or truly connected with a culture different from my own. The trip gave me a clear picture of the truth that no matter how different our experiences are, people are people.

What prompted you to register in De La Salle’s IB programme?
The IB programme was one of the reasons I came to De La Salle, and I always assumed I would join it my junior year. I didn’t truly know about the hard work involved with maintaining good grades while doing the programme.

 

 

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