While senior year may have students questioning what the future holds, Michael Denson has a plan for his life; and he is grateful for the role SABIS has played in helping him shape it.
When Michael was given the opportunity to move to SABIS in the middle of 4th grade, he was immediately struck by the rigorous academic curriculum. “When I was at my previous school, […] I was still learning to spell `cat´ and `dog´ in 3rd grade! But coming here, it was just so different.”
At SABIS, Michael immediately set out to make the most of his new school, both academically and personally. He joined the SABIS Student Life Organization® in his freshman year and has continued in the organization as a leader and mentor. Currently the Deputy Head Prefect for the Activities Department, Michael has had a hand in planning the school’s spirit week, pep rallies, and special events. “I was actually chosen to go to [Athens,] Greece last summer for Student Life for a ten-day leadership conference,” adds Michael. “I learned a lot that I got to bring back to SABIS.”
A former intern for Mayor Sarno, Michael is also the current Vice President of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., an African-American organization dedicated in part to doing community service in Springfield. He is also a National Honor Society member and a member of the SABIS track team. It is not surprising that Michael says: “I grew from being here. SABIS opened up so many doors for me.”
Today, Michael is ready to put his plan into action. “I plan to major in Biology, and I really want to become a dentist and live in New York.”
With acceptances from 12 of the 19 colleges he applied to, including Syracuse University, Howard University, Brandeis University, and the University of Miami, Michael’s plan is off to a great start.
“I grew from being here. SABIS opened up so many doors for me.”