Rarely found without a smile or kind word to say, Brianna Badger, is thrilled with all that’s new at OLMA and is especially excited about the MAC lab, the new format for clubs and the Mini-Mester course she will be taking in the spring.
Brianna came to OLMA freshmen year from the Anthony Rossi Middle School in Vineland. “I knew a few girls who had gone to OLMA and really liked it, so I decided to shadow,” said Brianna. “I loved that the classes were small and that everyone was so close, even the teachers. ” Since then, Brianna says that things just keep on getting better and better. “I’m taking the History of Cape May course with Mrs. Hop for my Mini-Mester and can’t wait,” she said. “I’m looking forward to learning outside of the classroom, plus I really like Cape May and want to know about its history.”
Brianna’s favorite classes so far this year are Environmental Science and Literature, but admits that she has a soft spot for Mrs. DeValario. “She inspires me and is so kind to everyone,” said Brianna. “She has become a mentor to me.” It seems that Mrs. DeValerio isn’t alone.
Brianna said that another OLMA teacher, Ms. Fatcher, was responsible for getting her into the pool — a place Brianna spends a lot of her spare time. She will soon be starting her third year on the OLMA Swim Team. She swims the 100-meter butterfly and enjoys both the competitions and the camaraderie shared by the team.
Brianna has also turned her love of swimming into a job as a lifeguard at the YMCA. “I lifeguard during lessons, parties, camps, and events,” she said. This will be great practice as she plans a career as a Preschool Teacher, with plans to study at Rowan or Loyola Universities.
She’s also getting some great experiential training as the eldest of the six children in her family. Brianna said that they all recently traveled to Italy where they spent 10 days touring Venice and Rome. While there, she celebrated her birthday — her Sweet 16. Brianna definitely has the sweet part down pat — whatever her age. For that, she is a treasure — and a welcomed member of the OLMA Sisterhood.