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Senior Lauren Varley balances school with six jobs

of things, I understood what I could and couldn’t do. [After turning in my only late assignment] I felt like my world was crashing down. I had that feeling of ‘I’ve never forgotton an assignment before’.  But I realized that it wasn’t a big Marley Kalt deal; it was only five points.” co-life section editor    Varley says that working so Lauren’s world was crashing often makes it difficult for her around her.  As her math teacher to spend time with friends. approached her table, Lauren    “Working takes up pretty much reached into her bag only to all of my free time.  After one job find it empty.  She realized there I’ll go directly to another,” says was something she forgot for Varley.  “Then I go home and the first time. Her homework. start and finish my homework.     The most impressive thing about Usually I talk to my friends on senior Lauren Varley is not that the phone around midnight.  I she has only turned in one late go to bed around 12:30 or 1 assignment throughout her high A.M., then get up at 5 A.M. to school career while maintaining go running and do it all over a 4.0 grade point average for the again.  My friends understand past two years; she also works at that I am busy all the time, six jobs and volunteer positions. so I always devote weekends    “I made the decision to work to them.  I always make time because I want to pay for my for my friends, because I care own college tuition.  I’m at the about them so much.  My age where I should be able to schedule is intense, but I know pay for things myself,” says I’m not going to regret it.” Varley.  “I started babysitting    “It’s been hard to spend time and becoming lifeguard-certified with [Lauren] with her working in middle school, and then just and my extracurriculars,” says kept expanding from there.” senior Haley Anderson.  “She      Babysitting, volunteering at even works on weekends, the Huron Valley time when I am and Henry usually free.  But Ford hospitals, we make it a point I’ve thought lifeguarding to see each other about it, but I think and usually find a and teaching swim lessons at in the class I’m getting the bet- time Bloomfield Hills we have together ter end of the stick. this semester.” Aquatics, and working as a    Even though secretary at the Varley puts a lot Lauren Varley offices of Larry on her plate, she Varley and Mary is recognized as senior Goldon all make a hard worker by up her resume. her employers.      “My    “Lauren is parents really appreciate that reliable and conscientious.  I work,” adds Varley.  “They’re She asks a lot of questions so allowed to focus more on that no mistakes are made,” the things they need to do, says Mary Goldon, president knowing that I am independent.  of Mary E. Goldon CPA where They’re grateful for it.” Varley works as a secretary.    Marianne Varley, Lauren’s    Varley says she saves most mother, is “thrilled for her.  of her money for college Working was Lauren’s choice.  tuition.  Her first-choice school She chose to have so many jobs is Wayne State University because she loves so many things.  for the College of Nursing. I love that she’s working, as long    “I’m not a big shopper, so I’ll as she keeps up her grades.” usually save ninety percent of   Varley finds that managing her my money,” says Varley.  “The time well keeps her organized other ten percent I’ll keep for and on track with her schoolwork. myself on the off chance that    “I make a schedule and keep I need to spend it, but tuition lists of what I have to do.  I am is so much and it just keeps very detail oriented,” says Varley.  increasing.  I’m going to need “But seminar in school helps so as much money as I can get.” much.  Without seminar, I would    Varley believes all of her hard be an insomniac.  I would be work will be worth it and enjoys doing so much work all the time being financially independent that I wouldn’t be sleeping!” when it comes to college.    Varley’s family notices that    “I’ve thought about it, but I she never seems stressed. think I’m getting the better end    “Lauren is a highly motivated of the stick,” says Varley.  “My person and has a high energy.  parents help me a little bit, She looks at everything like but I don’t like it when they a challenge,” says Marianne.  do.  College is for me and not for “Lauren knows where she has them.  I want to be able to pay to distribute her time and asks for something that I want to do.” for time off work when she    Varley’s mother says has the needs it, such as before finals.” tools she needs for success.    “It is not as difficult as you    “Personality wise she is very may think to be on top of laid back.  That’s an important everything,” says Varley.  “When thing,” says Marianne.  “Lauren I started off working so much, also has a positive attitude.  it was really hard to balance.  She doesn’t say ‘I can’t do But after I got into the swing it’.  She says ‘I will do it’.”



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green Seniors teach recyling to elementaries Ashley DuBois staff writer

On a normal day, Amanda Alexander might be lazing around, shopping in Kroger when she is approached by an animated third grader shouting boisterously, “Ooh! Guess what? I just went home and recycled!” To senior Alexander, this type of confrontation isn’t irregular. As co-creator (in partnership with Audrey Fotouhi) of Go Green, an organization teaching local elementary students to recycle, Alexander has kids and parents alike coming up to her to tell her about their attempts and successes in recycling every day.     “It is very satisfying.” Alexander says, “To know that you actually have made a difference and that they

actually cared, it’s great.”   Go Green is an organization educating second through fourth graders on how to recycle through presentations.    “Our presentations are very interactive,” she explains. “First, we start off with some shocking facts, like how much garbage one person can create. Then we show a five-minute video (The Rogue Recycler), followed by some pictures from inside a recycling plant. Then, depending on the

Choosing the best berry

Two new yogurt shops make their yummy debut Sam Gordon guest writer

Customers line up to get a taste of Swirlberry yogurt

The tart-treat craze of the coasts, Pinkberry, has finally found its way to Bloomfield Hills, in the form of Swirlberry and Bloomberry. These yogurts stay true to the style of healthy yet tasty treats that Pinkberry made popular. Pinkberry, the original tart yogurt in the US, is known for

its use of one-hundred percent organic ingredients. It does not have the sweetness of normal ice cream, nor the creaminess.   Swirlberry opened in May at Plum Market on Orchard Lake and Maple. Bloomberry has been offered at Brooklyn Bagel on Long Lake and Telegraph for the last several weeks, which is a more convenient location for me.    Swirlberry has a modern environment and cool seating arrangements, whereas Bloomberry is just a serving machine with a topping counter.    When I arrived at Swirlberry, I was immediately impressed by the servers’ greeting. The line, which took 15 minutes, backed up into Plum Market, where carts hampered my progress. I now had to make my selection.  Would it be original tart, pomegranate, or blueberry?  I chose a small blueberry. The next consideration was toppings.. The toppings include many cereals, like Fruity Pebbles, and there is also a wide range of fresh fruit including bananas and pomegranate seeds. The server did skimp a bit on the toppings though.  I discovered that my small yogurt cost over

$5! I was shocked to spend that much money for only five ounces of yogurt, but the taste almost made up for it. The experience at Bloomberry was completely different. I walked into Brooklyn Bagel and made a beeline for the serving machine. I was confused by the lack of labeling. The employee told me I can choose between pomegranate and original tart. I chose pomegranate, which was my personal favorite.  At the toppings counter, I choose blueberries and Fruity Pebbles. The 17 toppings are self-serve, so load them on. At the counter, I found that it cost $3.50 for the exact same yogurt. There is no seating, so unfortunately, the curb is the best option.    The yogurt has only 29 calories per ounce while an ounce of ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery has 69 calories.    I would give both Swirlberry and Bloomberry four stars. If you’re looking for a night out, Swirlberry is the place to be, but if you just want some refreshing yogurt without burning a hole in your wallet, head on over to Bloomberry.   

The Amgen Scholar experience Andover alum Joey Rohr gets unique chance for research project at UCLA

Andrew Pan guest writer

Fifteen people. Nine languages. Six continents. One program.    For two and a half months, Andover High School alum Joey Rohr, now a junior at Tulane University, had been working as part of the prestigious Amgen Scholars Program. Rohr completed lab work that deals with blood, the blood forming organs, and blood diseases. His project analyzed the creation of human blood-making cells.    “I spent ten weeks at UCLA as part of the Amgen Scholars Program,” says Rohr, “an internship for working in a lab at UCLA paid for by the Amgen Foundation. I worked under Dr. Hanna Mikkola in the field of developmental hematology/hematopoiesis. My specific project examined the process by which cells

will eventually make all blood in an organism.”   According to Rohr, the Amgen Scholars Program is indeed a big deal. “The research I was involved with has the potential to save millions of lives,” says Rohr. It’s always Rohr learned many been his dream to do of the skills needed to be biology researcher something with sciand student in Dennis ence. When other Kwasny’s A.P. Biology kids were watching and Chemistry cartoons, he’d be classes at Andover. “It makes me feel watching Bill Nye. great,” says teacher Kwasny. “I’m very Wendy Rohr proud of my students Joey’s mother that have gone on to do all kinds of wonderful things. I’ve had kids that have become scientists and doctors, and Joey is one of the kids who’s probably going to go on and follow in their footsteps.  I hope he goes on and continues to do great things.”    “I was very excited for him and was hoping he’d

get the position [in the program],” says until I got good results,” Rohr says. Wendy Rohr, Joey’s mother. “It’s always    In the end, determination triumphed. been his dream to “Perseverance do something with [was the key,]” science. When other says Wendy. “I’m kids were watching confident that cartoons, he’d be he’s moving in watching Bill Nye. the right direction [Most importantly,] and he’ll find he seemed to always the right place. be interested in what I am extremely was going on around proud of him.”  him. This [program]    Looking back was the next logical on a productive step in a procession s u m m e r , of steps that he’s Rohr says, taken toward a Joey Rohr with Dr. Hanna Mikkola, his advisor “Undergraduate career in science.”  in the Amgen Scholars Program oppor tunities    Rohr also learned in stem cell things from the program about being a research are few and far between. I scientist that can’t be found in a textbook.   was very fortunate to have the chance “I learned how slow a process science to take part in it. In whatever field you sometimes can be.  In order to perfect the pursue there are always opportunities experiments in which I took part, I needed you just have to look for them and to be patient and manipulate the variables seize them once you find them.”

Andover Shield September 2009  

The online publication for The Andover Shield newspaper from September 2009.