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Seniors of CPS: Ben W., Anna C., Jordan M.

(From left to right, top row to bottom) Ben Wornow, Anna Chard, Jordan Mayne Epps (Seniors) - Interviews Conducted by Phoebe Shin, Rina Huang, Nora Wagner, Araddhya Tibrewall

This week, your Humans of CPS Team interviewed three lovely seniors— Ben, Anna, and Jordan for our twelfth week of Seniors of CPS interviews. These interviews were conducted on different days throughout Spirit Week, after dodgeball games and snow-filled assembly activities, but they all held the same purpose: to share fun facts about our seniors and memories from their past four years at College Prep. We hope you enjoy!

Q: What is something unique about you/a fun fact that your classmates might not know?

Ben: Well, some people know this about me—not a lot do—but I'm actually really really good at Subway Surfers. I have like a record of eleven million, not to flex. So, I used to play when I was really young—when my siblings were doing stuff I would just be like, on my phone and playing that. For the records, I had to… I did it on a plane ride once for like five hours straight.

Anna: I almost had to get emergency surgery on my left pinky finger in eighth grade. It was because of a dramatic basketball injury that my dad said was “totally fine.” But I made it out alive!

Jordan: When I was younger, my mom used to work at a lot of venues in LA when we lived there, and she told me this story—I don’t remember this at all, because I was too young—how she was an usher for a concert once, like for the Jacksons—like Michael Jackson—revival concert, and she said she had me backstage, when I was way, way young, with Jermaine Jackson, and she handed me to Jermaine Jackson (!!) and he held me for like five seconds. So that’s my—that’s my fun fact! I don’t have a picture or anything though.

Q: Looking back at your experience at CPS, what is something you will never forget?

Ben: I think one thing—I think a lot of people said this but sophomore retreat. It's like, just echoing that. Also, just specifically this year, it's been the pickup games we’ve done during H block. They've just been so fun, it's nothing… the intensity of those games are nothing like I've ever played at CPS, so they've just been way more fun.

Anna: I’m never going to forget the teachers that I have had. I think that they have set a really strong example for me in terms of who I want to be as an adult and a thinker when I’m an adult. I’ve appreciated all of their wisdom and guidance.

Jordan: I feel like I’m never going to forget how it felt coming back for the first time last April—to just see everybody, you know? Cause, you know, during COVID, your full experience shrinks to like three people. So that was definitely my favorite part, just seeing the whole class of 22 again.

Q: What is one word you would use to describe your four years at College Prep?

Ben: I don't know. Uh, this is bad, but eventful. Just because I don't know, a lot of stuff has happened. I feel like going into CPS, it is not what I was expecting my experience to go, especially with covid—obviously that threw a wrench in it. But yeah, I mean I don't mean eventful as in anything bad, just that stuff happened. A lot of stuff happened.

Anna: Transitional. Is that stupid? Okay, sure.

Jordan: Oh my god, I’d say…long. It’s been a big part of my life, you know.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the future?

Ben: I think just like, being out of my comfort zone, I guess. I’ve always been in smaller schools, and at home with people I know generally, so I think just like going off to college and being away from home, and branching out is something that I'm looking forward to. It's not that I don’t like what's happening now, it's just that I want something new. It's been like this for so long—I just want to switch it up.

Anna: Ooh, I’m looking forward to having the ability to be legitimately independent. At the end of high school, you feel independent, but in the scheme of the world, you’re still small potatoes. I’m really excited to come back here and visit having had new experiences.

Jordan: I feel like I can’t wait for graduation—my whole family is coming to graduation, like there are like 30 people coming. *laughs* So I’m excited to see everyone there, finally. It’ll be the first time that everyone’s been together for a long ass time. A really long time, actually. So yeah, it’ll be cool.

Q: If you could say one thing to your grade as you begin to close out your CPS journey, what would it be?

Ben: I think a lot of people have said this, but thank you. Even if I haven't…like I haven't talked to a lot of people—I don't know them that well, but even if it's just a passing “Hi,” or something like that, everyone at this school made an impression on me, everyone has affected my experience in some way. I’d just say thank you, because my CPS experience would’ve been different if every person wasn’t there.

Anna: I love you all! You are fascinating and kind people. I am very grateful for the time that we have spent together. When I compare my high school experience to the high school experience from the people I know outside of school, I’m so glad that this was mine.

Jordan: I mean, I wish I had known more of everybody. I wish I had known more people in general. Wish I had talked more.


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