Advanced Placement Calculus by P83R4KN


									                           Advanced Placement Calculus
Stephen Bahr
        Stephen is one of those quiet individuals who mostly minds his own business and goes about
excelling in everything that he does without feeling the need to trumpet his own success. I have been
impressed with his video editing, his baseball skills, and, of course, his mathematical abilities!
Prediction: In 10 years, Stephen will be combining all of the above talents as he produces his own
television sports show. His calm demeanor and natural leadership will make working with him a joy.
Zach Bernhard
        Zach is unusual in that I always knew exactly how he felt about every single topic we ever
studied in AP Calculus! Good or bad, long or short, hard or easy--Zach told me about it. I
appreciated Zach’s work ethic outside of class with his busy sports’ schedules and his almost daily
suggestions as to why we shouldn’t learn any more Calculus that day. Prediction: In 10 years, Zach
will be a highly respected physician whose favorite question is “How are we feeling today?”
Brett Betit
       Who knew that Brett was A Beautiful Mind Russell Crowe look-alike? Brett really does have a
beautiful mind and a kind heart. I love to watch him work as he really enjoys doing math problems
and he does them well! Brett’s moral character is admirable and his smile and youthful exuberance
are infectious. Prediction: In 10 years, Brett will be a successful engineer and loving all the math
problems he gets to do. His favorite projects will be those that help the underprivileged.
Colin Betts
         After having my own children in class for six years in a row, nephew Colin filled in nicely as the
family representative for the past two years. Loving the thrill of the adrenalin rush found by last
minute understanding of a concept, Colin was often scrambling right before a quiz or test. Once he
learns something, however, it is never forgotten. I wasn’t always sure whether Colin was focusing on
what was happening in class but some of it obviously got through! Prediction: In 10 years, Colin will
still be in demand as a multi-talented musician for pick-up bands. He will also be in demand as an
undercover spy who sits quietly unnoticed on the corner while intently memorizing critical information
about activity across the street.
Keith Brooks
        On the seating chart I should just have assigned Keith the chair next to my table as often as he
was up there greeting me and telling me stories. He was like the character in the movies that is
always in front of you when you turn around! I didn’t mind at all except for the time during the
lightbulb project when he totally took over my table with his laptop and other materials! I have never
understood how Keith could enjoy golfing when you don’t really talk to your teammates or competitors
during play. Prediction: In 10 years, Keith will be the rare medical professional best known for his
friendly bedside manner.
Brian Chereson
      Brian will forever be known to you all as “Cherry” but to me as the “Roving Mathematician.” He
had AP Calc and AP Stats two periods in a row in the morning and he hardly ever sat down. I got
used to it but people new to the situation thought I was nuts for letting him roam around. How could I
ever question anything Brian did when he performed exceptionally and consistently well in both
classes? I am very grateful for his willingness to assist other students and me with any task on his
own time. Prediction: In 10 years, Brian will be roaming around his desk-free office inventing and
designing ideas that never get written down. (Or could it be that they are written so small that no one
can read them?)
Josh Dancer
      I am glad that Josh finished up the AP Calculus sequence before he has to move out east this
summer for his senior year. He has one of the fastest processors in his brain that I have ever seen
and he can talk faster than I can think! He likes to be right and he will defend his ideas (loudly) to the
end. However, he also admits defeat just as readily when proven wrong and I think that is an
admirable trait. Prediction: In 10 years, Josh will use his quick-thinking skills to work in crisis-
Luke Edwards
        I have heard more sidebar conversations about Luke than any other student this year. People
just can’t figure out how the kid who appears to never do anything can be so smart! I will admit he
has this hidden talent. I always knew he would perform when it came to anything high-stakes so I
wasn’t worried. Prediction: In 10 years, Luke will be a self-made millionaire by marketing his
deceptive talents in motivational seminars entitled: How to accomplish your goals without any effort
at all! Only a few actually manage to acquire the needed techniques.
Emily Ehrmantraut
        “Small but mighty” is the phrase that comes to mind to describe Emily. Her love of
mathematics warms my heart and her love of dance delights my soul. The Kindle was invented for
Emily so that she will never be without a book close at hand. She and Michael competed for “most
likely to fall asleep sitting straight up” but that didn’t appear to affect Emily’s Calculus absorption rate!
Prediction: In 10 years, Emily will have choreographed the mathematical dance we have talked about
and it will be performed at mathematics conferences around the world. I hope I will be invited to the
world premiere.
Marcus Fuller
        Marcus apparently thought his role in my classroom the last two years was to act the same
way my son, Jacob, did when I had him in class the previous two years. This means acting like it was
possibly killing him to sit still, making random noises, laughing hysterically at seemingly random
things, and then doing AP Calculus like it was as easy as throwing a football! I did not “Fredette”
about it and, by “Jimmer”, when he was about to drive me crazy I just “put up a deep 3.” Prediction:
In 10 years, Marcus will follow in the footsteps of his father and be teaching and coaching while
putting up with students who are just as entertaining and intelligent as himself. (He doesn’t think he
will but it is in his blood and he can’t deny it…)
Alex Haag
       I’ve known about little sister Alex for a long time and it’s such a joy to see her growing up and
becoming her own person. One of our determined lady AP Calculus students, Alex does a great job
of knowing what she knows and figuring out what she doesn’t. “Not possible” is not in her vocabulary.
She made me laugh as she was one of the experts at handling Clark in class. Prediction: In 10
years, Alex will establish an all-female engineering firm where she specializes in creating new
organizational products.
Clark Hart
       Hmmmm…..where do I start? I firmly believe that there will never ever be another Clark! His
idiosyncrasies, his sheepish grin, his messy backpack, his willingness to play hard and to take
retakes are all worthy of note. It’s almost as if his name has become an adjective. “It’s Clark!”
became a common response to my queries about something Clark did or didn’t do. Prediction: In 10
years, Clark will be a rising candidate for President of the United States as his beguiling charm (and
innate intelligence) saves him time after time. Besides, what else would his mother do?
Leah Hecker
       In an AP Calculus class of determined young ladies, Leah leads the way. Absolutely refusing
to accept mediocrity, Leah sets her eyes on the prize and then sets out to achieve it. I see it in her
walk, her work, her singing, and her attitude. As she struggled through her times of ill health I never
worried about whether she could catch up. Prediction: In 10 years, Leah will be enjoying a satisfying
vocal career as she is an often-requested jazz/blues/cabaret singer. Fans will continually be
surprised by her quick wit and intelligence.
Kyle Hungerford
       The mystery that remains about Kyle is what did he actually do on all those random days
where he stayed home from school? Since I had him in both afternoon classes I always noticed more
when he was gone. Supposedly he is a sickly child but I have reason to believe that the call of video
games is what lured him home. Luckily he was such a good student that he made up the work
quickly and somehow found time to get on the computer and look at the daily slides in between those
marathon game sessions? Prediction: In 10 years, Kyle will be gainfully employed in the world of
business at an innovative company where it is believed that game playing assists with creativity and
that coming to work each day is optional.
Jenica Kramer
       There is only one Jenica and she is unique in many ways. First of all, she absolutely loves to
learn and is not afraid to admit it. She has been afforded many different learning opportunities and
has taken full advantage. This allows her to make connections between her learning at lightening
speed. If being the youngest or the tallest ever bothered Jenica, I never witnessed it. Prediction: In
10 years, Jenica will be making incredible advances in the world of medicine as a result of her
research. Her ability to defend her conclusions will be a plus.
Charlie Reed
        I have known Charlie and his family since he was a cute little boy. We actually play in
instrumental ensembles together at church and I have watched him mature into quite a fine musician.
He is completely unflappable but I always liked it when I got a slight positive reaction from him at one
of my attempts to create a pun or perhaps even be funny. It is hard to appeal to Charlie’s level of
intelligence (and the rest of you) but I tried. Prediction: In 10 years, Charlie will be living out his
dream in a big city, performing with a major orchestra and teaching at the university conservatory.
Krystal Reynolds
       All you have to do to get Krystal to do something well is to tell her that she can’t! She is one of
the most determined young ladies I have had the pleasure to teach. We had many fun conversations
and I don’t know what on earth I will do without my personal groomer as Krystal was very quick to
notice a misplaced hair, a makeup smudge, or a sweater fuzzy. Her observational skills are
phenomenal as she was also usually the one to kindly point out any copy error in my work.
Prediction: In 10 years, Krystal will be the best-dressed research scientist in the lab where she
Michael Rueger
      I have witnessed all the faces of Michael: from the nodding head and closed eyes of an
exhausted soul to the helpless laughter and streaming eyes of him laughing at Clark’s game play.
Most of the time he has the furrowed brow of a serious student but he is actually a lot of fun.
Completely comfortable with himself, he is the one and only “Rueger.” Prediction: In 10 years,
Michael will be teamed up with Stephen Sinchok, his loyal friend, pursuing some noble cause.
Michael will continue to seek membership and leadership roles in as many community groups as
possible. His mother will continue to document his life.
Stephen Sinchok
       In two years I don’t think I’ve quite figured out what makes Stephen tick or tock. As Stephen
was motivated one minute and totally unmotivated the next, I was just thankful for whatever work I got
from him. In light of that, however, Stephen took both AP Calc and AP Stats, was agreeable and
quite capable. Prediction: In 10 years, Stephen will be driving Michael nuts by making tee times a
higher priority than the noble cause they are pursuing.
Josh Smith
       In case you didn’t know, Josh loves technology! He has little patience (rightfully so) for
spending time on tedious mathematical processes that could be accomplished with calculator in
hand. Mathematics is a perfect field for Josh because he always wants to know why things work and
in math there is this little thing called proof. His thoughtfulness and his smile were a welcome
addition to my classroom. Prediction: In 10 years, Josh will be designing, building, and revising all
the components of educational technology for the math classroom in a way to finally suit Mrs. O.
(Too bad I will be retired by then!)
Karleigh Uhl
        First one in the room in both the morning AP Calculus class and the afternoon AP Statistics
class, Karleigh always had such a kind greeting for me. She is very perceptive and would ask about
my weekend or wonder if I was tired that day. Always a stickler for details, Karleigh made sure I
stuck to my word about what was required for tests and quizzes. Her work ethic and class
preparation knew no equal. Prediction: In 10 years, Karleigh will have successfully completed all
required levels to become a certified actuary and will be in heaven with all the rules and formulas to
follow in doing risk assessment.
Teresa Williams
       Last, but certainly not least, is quiet Teresa. I am always secretly grateful for the silent ones as
there are always plenty of talkers to fill the space in AP Calculus. Teresa and I bonded during 5th
period last year as she would magically appear in my back room to get help on the tricky homework
problems. I appreciated the heads-up and was therefore prepared the next day in class for those
same problems. One of my favorite things to do is to make Teresa smile as she has one of the
prettiest smiles around. Prediction: In 10 years, Teresa will ironically be making her voice heard
through a prestigious job in mass communications. Through hard work and perseverance, she will
make a difference in the world.

Each year I am amazed and humbled by the gifts and talents of my honors math students. It is a gift
for me to have crossed your path. Of course, I don’t really know what will become of any of you; but it
is my wish that you be happy, healthy, and wise. Choose to do something that gives you pleasure
most days (like teaching does for me) and then be sure to do something that helps others. Money
isn’t the most important thing in life, math is! Just kidding, of course I meant to say friends and family
are what matters most. I have poked fun at some mothers but, in all honesty, most of you owe a lot
to a strong parent figure or two. Be sure to say thank you.
        Take care of yourselves and send me an e-mail on Pi Day!
May 26, 2011                                                Mrs. . (Oberholtzer, in case you forget!)

                                       “Fly, little birds, fly!”

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