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Seniors Discuss the Unmatched Connections Formed at BL

Enjoy this interview that recently appeared in Fishbowl with seniors Jimmy Hillwig and Jacob Pacheco. " I do not believe there is any independent school in the world that can match the sense of brotherhood and community in which Boys’ Latin was founded."

THE BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL OF MARYLAND

Boys’ Latin’s small size promotes the formation of tight bonds among both students and faculty. Two rising seniors, Jacob and Jimmy, share how this deep sense of connection and school pride permeates Boys’ Latin, from the athletic fields to the hallways to the classrooms.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM YOUR SCHOOL

JACOB: My all-time favorite memory from school was the awards ceremony at the end of the year. It allowed me to see many students in a new light and celebrate them for their accomplishments at school.

JIMMY: A memory that will always be special to me was the 2021 lacrosse championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The environment was electric, and the support from students, teachers, and faculty was incredible. Having our community there cheering us on meant so much more than winning a lacrosse game. Upsetting the number one seed and the second seed demonstrated resilience and showcased the results of our hard work.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS?

JACOB: My favorite place on campus is the student commons, which is located on the same side of campus as the lower and middle schools. My favorite part of the day is walking across the bridge for lunch and seeing all the young Lakers in the grades below me. Seeing lower and middle school boys engaging in projects and classes makes me proud to be a part of this community.

JIMMY: My favorite place on campus is the lower turf. I have spent hundreds of hours there. On the lower turf, I have participated in class bonding activities, practiced and played lacrosse and football, and cheered loudly in the student section. Nothing beats Boys’ Latin’s school spirit!

WHAT DO YOU THINK DISTINGUISHES YOUR SCHOOL FROM THE OTHER INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS?

JACOB: What distinguishes Boys’ Latin from other independent schools is the sense of brotherhood and friendship you build in the halls of the upper school. Very rarely do you find a student at BL who does not want to be your friend or get to know you on a personal level. During my transition to Boys’ Latin during my sophomore year, I was overwhelmed with the amount of support and friendship I felt from my peers. I do not believe there is any independent school in the world that can match the sense of brotherhood and community in which Boys’ Latin was founded. The school is extremely special.

JIMMY: What distinguishes Boys’ Latin from other schools is the school spirit and connection you feel with every boy in the school. Since we are small, there is a great opportunity to get to know everyone. People use brotherhood and family to describe Boys’ Latin because we (students and staff) are there for each other in good times and bad.