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Ashley Ortizcazarin

Sam has shown his talents at BSM trhough both his sports and his artwork.

Sam Charles

Although he will soon be graduated from the hallsof BSM, you de nitely won’t forget Sam Charles because you’ve seen him on the lacrosse and soccer elds, in the artroom, and published in the Apotheosis.

Sam has changed a lot since freshman year, working his way up from being on the freshman lacrosse and soccer teams to making varsity for both; through this development, Sam has gained confidence as a player and a teammate. “Both of my favorite sports are super competitive and I have made great memories each year,” Sam said.

Perhaps some of Sam’s most memorable sports experiences are the team trips each season. This year, the team had the opportunity to go to Maryland where they visited the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters. “One of the coolest things was practicing on Homewood Field [Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse stadium] under the lights on a Saturday night,”Sam said.

In addition to sports, Sam also participates in Scouts and earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout, Sam had to earn 21 different merit badges, which required persistence and patience. The lessons he learned from scouting are invaluable. “I got to sail in the Florida Keys for a week and a half with some of my closest friends like James Norkosky and Patrick Binish. It’s really taught me about being a good person in my community and looking out for others,” Sam said.

Sam has also excelled in the world of art––painting and poetry. His poem “The Whitest Black Kid You’ve Ever Met” as well as his painting entitled “The Zoo” are both featured in BSM’s Apotheosis. “Sam is a talented artist in multiple genres. I enjoyed having him in creative writing because he worked hard to create work that pushed the boundaries and made the readers see something in a new light. I was continually excited to see what he would come up with next,” English teacher Ms. Kaia Preus said.

Sam has been a part of the BSM community for almost his whole life; much of his family has gone to school at BSM, and his father is a member of the coaching community.

He’s the type of friend that will change the world for you and ask nothing in return.”

— James Norkosky

Although there are many aspects of high school life that Sam will miss,one of the biggest is time with hisfather. “He’s always had my back and he’s taught me what it’s like to be agood father as well as what it meansto be an adult,” Sam said.

Before Sam embarks on his college journey, he plans to spend quality time enjoying Minnesota; one of his main goals is to spend as much time as he can at the lake with his friends. “One of my best friends and I are going to the Canary Islands for two weeks. So I’m hyped for that,” Sam said.

Although Sam is leaving BSM, his achievements will always be with him. Sam can count on his strong foundations to carry him forward into a bright future. Sam will attend school at Miami University in the fall. “I’ll be studying architecture, which is something I loved forever so I’m pretty excited,” Sam said.


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