Teachers of FHCI: Mr. Berger

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think you would be?

“I gave some real thought to being a lawyer for a while, and I also thought about being a professor and haven’t entirely dismissed that as a possibility maybe sometime down the road.”

What do you want to do after retirement?

“It would be nice to go down to the faculty of education and teach new teachers sometime in the future.”

What are some hobbies you have outside of the classroom?

“As an English teacher, it’s probably not going to be a great surprise that I’m a big reader. I’m also a cyclist and used to compete actually. I still do it[su_members message=”If you would like to read the rest of this interview, please %login%. It only takes a minute and is 100% secure.” color=”#4bb8fc” login_text=”create an account” login_url=”https://fhcigoldenfalcon.com/register” class=””] a lot in the summer and enjoy it.”

Do you have any memorable trips/vacations in the past?

“I’ve done so much travelling that there isn’t one in particular that sticks out, but between high school and University, I lived in London for almost five years, during which time I did do a lot of travelling. It is the one city in the world that every once in a while I’ll get sort of a hankering for. I haven’t been there for about four years now — I was actually thinking of going back in the summer.”

Did you pick up an accent?

“It’s interesting — I was in a band and we travelled around a lot, so I was constantly around guys with very thick accents, and when I would come home, people would say, ‘What’s with that pretentious accent?’ and I wouldn’t even hear it.

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Humans of FHCI: Lauren Mirabella

What is your biggest fear?

“Heights. When I was little I got stuck at the top of the monkey bars at school and I had to wait until 3:15 for my mom to pick me up because I was so scared.”

What was the last thing that made you cry?

“I was looking for a phone charger and I couldn’t find one.”

What is your favourite comfort food?

“Any type of pasta because I’m Italian.”

If you got a tattoo, what would it be of?

“It would probably be something really meaningful. Maybe something for my parents or grandparents. Probably a pink ribbon for breast cancer because my family has been really affected by it.”

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

“Stay classy.”

 

Humans of FHCI: Olivia Bogner

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

“All the fast and furious movies. They’re my favourite movies ever and whenever I’m bored they’re always what I want to watch.”

Tell me something you absolutely hate about people.

“I hate when people are selfish.”

What is the coolest place you’ve ever travelled to?

“I went to South Korea and it was a really cool experience. I learned a lot about their culture.”

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

“Skydiving for sure.”

What is something most people do not know about you? 

I am really good at mountain biking.”

 

Humans of FHCI: Marlee Moskoff

Do you have any strategies you use when studying?

“I listen to classical music, it’s very calming. Studying in silence is so boring.”

What is something you wish you could tell your grade 9 self?

“Enjoy the easy work while it lasts.”

What is something you can’t live without?

“Chocolate covered strawberries.”

What are you going to miss the most when you go to university?

“I’m gonna miss all my friends being in the same place.”

What do you like to do over the breaks?

“I go on ski trips with my dad to Whistler, Kicking Horse, Utah, Quebec and other places.”

Humans of FHCI: Beza Tadesse

By Hermela Berhane

If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?

“I would tell them to always trust their judgment and never let others persuade their thoughts. You have to be a very strong-minded person and you must strive to be anything you want to be regardless of what others try to tell you otherwise.”

Who is your role model? Why?

My mother because she came to this country in order to provide more opportunities for me and my sisters. She is a very hardworking woman who puts others before herself and she has shaped me into the strong woman I am today.”

Day in the Life of Mike S.

Imagine working two jobs and going to school at the same time. Imagine getting no Netflix time. It is all worth it for Mike S. Mike is the epitome of what hardworking is and should be. Despite all the long hours and rude customers, he consistently remains positive, upbeat and friendly. Here is a snapshot of what a day in his life looks like…

4:30 AM — Mike wakes up for work at Starbucks.

“This has to be the worst part of my day. Every time my alarm rings, I always have the urge to hit the snooze button. I don’t, but sometimes I wish I should.”  – MS

5:30 AM – 10:00 AM — Shift at Starbucks

Mike takes the morning shift because he loves seeing the same customers each morning and giving them their booster for the day. He also likes the morning shift because he loves his fellow employees. He says they are a fantastic team. Most importantly, Mike’s favourite drinks are the Strawberry Refresher and Peach Tea. He usually has one of them in the morning.

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Some may say that working at Starbucks in the morning is the worst because it is SO busy and that they would get tired of Frappuccinos and Lattes. However, Mike sees the positive side of it, as he thrives under pressure and feels like the busier it is, the faster the time goes. Not to mention that he loves making different drinks for customers.

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10:00 AM – 10:26 AM — Run to FHCI

“I have to eat my breakfast while I literally run to school. I know it sounds crazy, but I do.” – MS

10:26 AM – 11:42 AM — Film with Mr. Lee

“First off, can we talk about these times; like why is it 10:26 and not 10:30? Why is it 11:42 and not 11:45? Very odd.” – MS

Mike has 29 credits, so he only needs 1 more to graduate. For his last high school course he chose Film. Mike has a burning passion for photography and film and is always eager to learn more. He is an incredible photographer, as shown on his Instagram page (@msivolap).

11:42 AM – 3:00 PM — Lunch and Homework and maybe Sleep.

After class Mike goes home for lunch and does homework. His favourite food is Borscht. He says his mom makes the best because she has been making it for years. For homework, Mike is usually creating interesting and thought-provoking films and taking new and exciting city photos. If he has spare time, he takes a quick nap to refresh.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Travel to Banana Republic

“I know, I know. 1 hour seems long to go to work, but it wouldn’t be if the TTC weren’t so bad. Anyways, that’s a topic for another day.” – MS

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Work at Banana Republic

“Round Two. This job is totally different from Starbucks. Here, I stock shelves and help customers find their style. I am usually successful in giving people outfit makeovers. It is a really fun job.” – MS

Mike brings his infectious smile and outgoing personality to Banana Republic. You would think that he would be tired after a busy day, but he isn’t because he loves what he does. He is always recognized as being the most helpful employee and the employee that others look up to.

10:30 PM – 4:30 AM — Sleep! Finally!

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“This is where I can finally sleep and chill. I deserve it right; after this busy day?” – MS

Humans of Toronto — missing Chicago, loving T.O.

By Eloise Greenfield

“I went to George Washington for university. I wanted to be in the capital of the country, I always liked the city. Originally, I wanted to get a Master’s in writing, and then teach it. When I finished school I took a year off and spent that year working in Chicago. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do anymore. Eventually I took the entrance exams and went to Northwestern University, where I met my wife. I became a lawyer like my father.

We moved to Toronto near the end of 2002, I wish that we had been closer to my family, but I am happy living in Toronto. Just recently, I got my Canadian citizenship which was a big deal for me. In Toronto, we live very close to where my wife, Julie’s, parents live. We’re very close with them and we see them multiple times a week. Family is very important to her and it’s a big part of why we moved here. We spend every holiday together; Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and all of winter break. If we still lived in Chicago we wouldn’t be as close with most of our relatives. We visit my parents once or twice a year.

I miss Chicago because it’s where I grew up, but I love being here. It’s a great city. They’re similar cities. Except I’m raising my family in Toronto, and not Chicago. What has always mattered to me is having my own family, and my family is here in Toronto. It’s a great place to raise them and I wouldn’t change it at all.”

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Humans of FHCI – Dani Leite

Who is your favourite teacher and why?

“I’m new to FHCI so I don’t know many teachers, but I really like Mr. Lee and Ms. Roca and Ms Neumann and Ms. Ibe and I guess I like all of the teachers I have this semester because they’ve all helped me when I needed it and most of them are funny. Oh, also I really like Mr. Naylor even though he isn’t my teacher. He is really [restrict]funny!”

Do you have any goals (short or long-term)?

“Honestly, my long and short-term goals are to just be happy and to make others happy and have fun because I obviously don’t want just temporary happiness; I also want that as my long-term goal, as well as my short-term goal because I also wanna enjoy being in high school as much as I can.”

What are your favourite extra-curricular activities?

“Dance is by far my favourite extra-curricular. Partying doesn’t count as an extra-curricular, right? But yeah, dance and sports in general are my favourite thing to do and I really enjoyed rugby this year! Shout-out to Mr. Naylor!”

Do you have a motto that you live by?

“‘Be classy, never trashy and just a little bit nasty’ or ‘everyone is facing their own fight’. Those are two really different ones but I guess they’re the two quotes I always refer back to when I’m making decisions.”

What advice would you give to your grade 9 self?

“Don’t transfer to FHCI!”

Do you have any March break plans?

“I think I might be volunteering at a day camp like I did last summer but I’m not one hundred percent sure. If not, then I’m gonna be working and hanging out with friends.”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

“Hmm… I can’t really think of a single fun fact because all of the facts are fun haha, jokes! I don’t know, probably that I can get along with literally anyone to an extent, which I guess is kinda cool because nowadays everyone says that they hate people and I’m a people person; I love people.


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Humans of FHCI: Anna and Mady

By Mia Brenner

Do you have any funny holiday memories?

Mady:” Last Christmas my cousin really wanted some ginger-ale and my Grandma always says soda. She was like’ oh Grandma do you have any ginger-ale’? My grandma was like ‘No sorry, I don’t have any’. And my cousin looks in the fridge and all that’s in there is ginger-ale. And she’s like ‘Grandma why didn’t you let me have any’? And my grandma was like’ I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Yeah my Christmas was pretty mad”

Do you have any new years resolutions?

Anna: “To do better and focus more on school and actually know whats going on.
Mady: “Yeah, raise my average and be more active.”

Have you ever kept a past new year resolution?

Anna: “No, I’m really bad at keeping them,”
Mady: “I don’t usually make new years resolution because it just sets you up for failure.”

 


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Humans of FHCI: Max and Emerson

By Mia Brenner

What are your plans for the holidays?

Max: “Relax. Sleep, read a book or two, go out a bit.”
Emerson: “I’ll work a couple more hours on my shift and then sleep as much as possible.”

 Do you have any new year resolutions?

Emerson- “I don’t want to say them. I mean, focus more on school, get my G2, stuff like that.”
Max- “Spend more time with family and friends, just make deeper interpersonal relations

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Humans of FHCI: Dylan

By Mia Brenner

Can you share any specific holiday memories?

“My Mom used to tell me this story where [on christmas] we got a bulldozer toy that you could sit on. My brother was like really jealous and he pushed me off of it. My Mom got really mad and started yelling at him. He [my brother] didn’t really know who I was. At the time I was a newborn and really young. It was my first Christmas!”

As you approach the end of high school, are there are tips you would like to give to the younger grades?

“Don’t stress. Stress is actually good because it’s like a learning experience that teaches you how to deal with stuff. And you shouldn’t really stress in high school. You should just try to figure out who you are and be yourself. “

Do you have any new years resolutions and do you think you’ll keep up with them?

“Prioritize your time and live in the present.”
“For sure, yeah.”

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Humans of FHCI: Michael

By Mia Brenner

Do you have any funny holiday memories?

“Once my sister opened up all of the presents early, two hours before everyone woke up. My parents as a punishment made her do 500 lines and took the presents away for later and forgot to give them to her and we never found the presents.”

Do you have any new year resolutions for 2018

“I wanna learn how to paint.”

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Couples of FHCI – Cole and Cassie

By Jamie Kerzner and Georgia Blatt

How did you meet?

Cassie: “We met at little Forest Hill. We were in the same grade 4/5 split class.”

How long have you been together?

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Cole: “6 years, on and off.”

What is your favourite thing to do together?

Cole: “Run track together.”
Cassie: “Chill every day after school together. Also go on double dates with Bailee and Chase, or Daniela and Max.”

What is each other’s favourite food?

Cole: “Pizza.”
Cassie: “Lasagna.”

What is your favourite thing about each other?

Cassie: “Everything.”
Cole: “Her eyes.”

How will you be celebrating valentine’s day?

Cassie: “We’re going to go out for dinner at Super Point.

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Couples of FHCI – Mike Sivolap and Zoe Lepholtz

By Jessica Huong, Esther Eisen and Danielle Westreich

 

How long have you been together for?

Zoe: “Almost six months.”

What were your first impressions of each other?

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Mike: “We met at Forest Hill, in the guidance office.”

Zoe: “My friend, Dani, was complaining about school and Mike said ‘it’s not that bad’.” 

Favourite date place?

Zoe: “Coffee shops.”

Where was your first date place?

Mike: “BoxCar Coffee Shop.”

Do you have nicknames for each other?

Mike: ” I call her Pingvinchik. It means penguin in Russian.”

Describe each other using one word.

Mike: “Beautiful.”

Zoe: “Smart.”

Who wears the pants in the relationship?

Zoe: “It’s not really divided.”

Mike: “I made the decision to make the decisions.”

What do you usually argue about?

Zoe: “When he says that he’s a failure because he’s not.”

Who usually wins the arguments?

Zoe: “Me.”

Mike: “She does.” 

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day?

Zoe: “We don’t have any plans.”

What do you love most about each other?

Zoe: “The way he looks at me is really cute.”

Mike: “I like that she’s caring.” 

What is your favourite mutual pastime?

Zoe: “Face masks.”

What are your favourite traditions?

Zoe: “Going for sushi.”

Who is the more competitive one?

Zoe: “I think it’s me.”

Mike: “Yeah, it’s her.”

What is a funny moment you’ve shared? 

Mike: “I had almond milk that I put on my balcony and it froze. It burst. I live close to the beltline, so she said let’s just throw it down. We were laughing about what would happen if you were walking on the belt line and frozen almond milk fell on you.” 

Who is the neater one?

Zoe: “Him.” 

What is the key to a successful relationship?

Zoe: “There isn’t one. You just have to find what works, and if it works, then great!”

Favourite Memories?

Mike: “The time we went to the sushi place on Dundas square and then we went to the Christmas market after.”


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Couples of FHCI – Teodor and Krystael

By Danielle Westreich, Jessica Huong and Esther Eisen

How long have you been dating for?

Krystael: “Almost two months”

How did you start dating?

Krystael: “Teo made the first move and Jacob was his wing man.”

Teodor: “I tried to find ways of talking to her through her [restrict] friends. I talked to her friends first to get to know her. Then I walked her home and asked her out.”

Krystael: “I got in trouble because I hugged him for too long outside of my house and my mom saw.”

What were your first impressions?

Krystael: “Uhh, he seemed like a nice guy. I was like, ‘hey are we going to be friends?’ But, like, he had other plans.”

Teodor: “The first thing I noticed about her was her smile. It was really cute, so I was like ‘maybe I should try talking to her?’ Another thing I noticed was her laugh. So that’s how she got my attention.”

Do you have a favourite date place?

Krystael: “There’s a restaurant called Insomnia that we like to go to. We also like skating at Nathan Phillips Square, which was where we had our first date.”

Teodor: “I liked the time we went to the Distillery District.”

Do you have any nicknames for each other?

Krystael: “I was trying to read his signature, which is the letter ‘N’ and ‘Bogdan’ and I got ‘soybean’ out of that and I’ve been calling him that ever since.”

Teodor: “Krys mostly and sometimes iepuras (bunny in Romanian) but she doesn’t know what it means.”

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Krystael: “A dinner and just whatever. We’re also going to the semi-formal the day before.”

What do you argue about most often?

Teodor: “Who likes each other more and who’s the best.”

What is one TV show you watch together?

Krystael and Teodor: “Stranger Things.”

Have you shared any awkward moments?

Krystael: “The only awkward moment we’ve shared is when my brother and mom saw us hugging. It’s also awkward for everyone else because we’re so PDA.”

What do you like most about each other?

Teodor: “It’s really everything. She doesn’t have to put a lot of effort in to make me happy.”

Krystael: “I think the best part is that he puts in a lot of effort to understand me.”

 


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Humans of FHCI – Laura Wigdor

By Jamie Kerzner and Georgia Blatt

What is your favourite and least favourite thing about Grade 12?

“My favourite thing about grade 12 is knowing that it’s my last year, so I can enjoy the time with my friends. My least favourite thing is all the work and how hard all the classes are. I did it to myself though, all of the science classes are insane.”

If you had to give one piece of advice to your Grade 9 self, what would it be?

“Marks don’t matter in grade 9 and 10, so don’t stress too much.”

Which teacher do you look up to the most and why?

“Definitely Ms. Pupovac, because she’s so sweet and you can really tell that she cares about you. And Ms. Ibe, because she’s so fun and so relatable.”

What is your valedictorian prediction?

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“Josh Blatt. He’s literally so smart at everything and he’s head prefect.”

If you could recommend one Grade 11 or 12 course, what would it be?

“Kinesiology, because it’s real application. The things you learn can actually relate to your every day life.”

Are you going to the semi-formal?

“Of course I am, I have school spirit!”

What is your first impression about second semester?

“So far, so good. My courses are hard, but my teachers seem good.”

What are your plans for after high school?

“My goal is to be a nurse. I’m still waiting to hear back from my top choice university but we’ll see!”

What has been your favourite high school memory?

“My favourite memory is Fo-chella last year, because the people who came had great school spirit and I had a really great time!”

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Couples of FHCI – Chase and Bailee

By Jamie Kerzner and Georgia Blatt

How did you meet?

Bailee: “Jenna Kauffman and Jack Bleiweis set us up.”

How long have you been together?

Bailee: “A long time.”
Chase: “A year and a half.”

What is your favourite thing to do together?

Chase: “Go for[restrict] food.”

What is each other’s favourite food?

Bailee: “Popcorn.”
Chase: “She has like 8 different things. Fruit, sushi, chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries, chicken wings…”

What is your favourite thing about each other?

Chase: “Everything.”
Bailee: “He’s weird, but in a good way.”

What are your plans for valentines day?

Bailee: “We’ll go out for dinner or to a sporting event.”

Favourite date ideas?

Chase: “Going to wonderland.”
Bailee: “It’s really fun.”

Would you rather give or receive gifts?

Chase: “Give. It’s nice to make others feel good.”
Bailee: “Give, definitely.”

Dinner at a fancy restaurant or fast food takeout?

Chase: “Fast food take out.”
Bailee: “Fast food.”

Who is your celebrity valentine?

Bailee: “Zac Efron.”
Chase: “Jennifer Aniston.”

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