Everett Moss and Evan Blust
Each year at Jamesville-DeWitt High School we receive a variety of new students from all over the state, country, and world. They all have different experiences and ideas that they bring to J-DHS to share with us.
Junior Jack Botto just joined the J-D school district this year. Botto, coming from a small private school with 30 kids in a grade felt that the transition into J-D was not overwhelming. “I am adjusting pretty well to Syracuse so far,” said Botto, because “the weather here is pretty much the same as Pennsylvania.” Botto is on the soccer team and enjoys theatre. He is re-taking chemistry and Algebra 2 because he wanted to make his transition into J-D as smooth as possible. He didn’t want to have to try to learn Pre-Calculus if his school had taught Algebra 2 different than J-DHS. “Jack Botto is a genuinely nice guy,” said junior Maddy Spina, who has been friends with Botto since they met talking on the field after practices.
Junior Liam McFadden also came to J-DHS this year. He has moved a lot before J-DHS because of his dad’s military work. He has lived all around the world including Germany, Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, and Fort Drum in New York. He also lived in Syracuse as a kindergartener, so he is not concerned about the tough winters. J-D is a lot smaller than his most recent high school in Alabama, which had 3,000 students. He already plays football for the Red Rams, and hopes to join the basketball and lacrosse school teams. He is taking AP US History, AP Biology, AP Language and Composition and Pre-Calculus, and is favorite teacher is Mr. Comfort. “He is pretty cool and I like the way he teaches,” said McFadden.
Junior Caleb Fleming switched into J-DHS from Nottingham High School. “I came here for the academics, sports, the community, the energy,” said Fleming. He enjoys many of the amenities provided by J-DHS like “water fountains that work, toilet paper, and strawberry milk.” Fleming enjoys playing basketball in his free time and plans on trying out for the team. He’s taking every normal class that a junior would take like Algebra 2 and chemistry. His two favorite teachers are English teacher Diane Rushford, and his Algebra 2 teacher Michael Klemperer. “Caleb has been my friend for a while, he's very laid back and always chill,” said junior Sophia Foti.
J-DHS also received two international students, sophomore Xin Zhang and freshman Fan Zhang who moved here from China. Since Xin Zhang speaks very little English, Google Translate was used to interview him and junior Niki Jiang acted as a translator. Zhang thinks that J-DHS is okay, but it is a very different experience than his old school. His favorite teacher is English Second Language teacher Lori Dotterer.