Name: Téo Sanico
Grade: 11 - Class of 2017
Previous School: Junipero Serra
I am a junior at York who sitting in the Commons, rapidly flipping through his notes in preparation for mid-year exams. My schedule includes two AP classes, an Honors course, and a YAS (York Advanced Studies) course. Although it's a challenging schedule, the teachers have taught all the material thoroughly and I believe I am ready to take on my upcoming exams.
We just finished water polo season; it's one of the things I enjoy most at York. Not only was our season extremely successful (only 2 losses), but I helped some teammates who are totally new to the sport learn the basics and even become scorers. The best part of the season was not winning a game, but seeing a new freshman score his first goal - there is simply no feeling like it. I'm looking forward to getting back in the pool for swimming season in the spring.
Without water polo, I'll be spending more time in the Coburn Commons - a place for all Yorkies. All of us know “the space formerly known as the Quad” well - It’s a gathering place for school events, an outdoor study room, a lunch area, a hangout spot, and the center of the York community. Many a student has paraded across it in the Halloween costume parade, many a teacher has judged a pie competition there, and many a prospective student has experienced an admission event on its grounds. With the beautiful new tables and polished benches, the sense of community at York is apparent: freshmen sit with seniors, alumni visit current students, and teachers casually stop by to talk. The Coburn Commons is the heart of our school, a place where all Yorkies can chat, study, and simply be themselves.