Senior Spotlight: Benjamin Sarapa

Portrait photo of Benjamin Sarapa.

Benjamin Sarapa began his Hopkins path at Meadowbrook Elementary. One of his favorite Hopkins activities was being part of Hopkins Speaks Out. Next year, he plans to attend St. Olaf College to study biology and pursue the pre-med program.

Favorite Hopkins memory?
Our ninth grade orchestra trip to Chicago. We made many new friends and memories that we still cherish today.

A staff member who has impacted you?
My third grade teacher, Mrs. Skalicky, was the first teacher I felt genuinely believed in me. She inspired me to find something that I was passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly. I even have an old email from her saying that she will eventually read about me in the Hopkins High School news.

How has Hopkins prepared you for the future?
Hopkins has provided a well rounded education and has allowed me to explore my interests. I’m most proud of our strong music programs because I feel that in my 8 years in orchestra, the program has given me many valuable experiences and skills outside of just music.

Advice for next year’s seniors.
Enjoy the time you have left in high school. Even though it’s easy to get caught up in the pressure of college applications or finding a job after high school, take time to value the relationships you’ve made over the past few years.

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