Mak­ing the Grade

Baylee Wells, a ju­nior at Cut­ter Morn­ing Star High School, is be­gin­ning her third year at CMS af­ter study­ing in home school­ing from kinder­garten through eighth grade. She is the daugh­ter of Valerie Jen­nings and Danny Wells.

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What do you en­joy most about at­tend­ing Cut­ter Morn­ing Star?

I re­ally like the fac­ulty. All of the teach­ers are very one-on-one. They are very help­ful, which re­minds me of be­ing home-schooled be­cause it was just me and my mom. I like the at­ten­tion that they can give you if you need help.

Do you have any fun sto­ries about go­ing to school at CMS?

I don’t know. I guess no par­tic­u­lar sto­ries, just my first day of school was re­ally cool be­cause ev­ery­body was very wel­com­ing. So there’s no par­tic­u­lar sto­ries, just the whole wel­com­ing at­mos­phere is re­ally cool.

What clubs or ac­tiv­i­ties are you in­volved in?

I’m in Beta Club, but that is the only other school ac­tiv­ity I am re­ally in.

Why did you join the Beta Club?

They asked me, I thought it sounded cool and I vol­un­teer a lot any­way. So I was like, “Why not?”

What type of vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties do you do?

I used to vol­un­teer at the Gar­land County Li­brary a lot, but then I started work­ing there. I vol­un­teer at the lo­cal mu­sic shows down­town.

I’m ac­tu­ally wear­ing the T-shirt for the VoV (Val­ley of the Va­pors In­de­pen­dent) Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ev­ery spring break. I vol­un­teer at that and Star Gallery, which re­cently closed. I vol­un­teered at that a lot — all of the artsy type stuff. Mu­sic and art is my thing.

Any fun sto­ries from VoV?

VoV, ev­ery other year they have this band, called It’s Ja­panese, and each mem­ber is in a dif­fer­ent color and they have props. They have this huge dragon kite that they threw at the au­di­ence. So ev­ery­one grabbed a stick be­cause it all had sticks at­tached and ev­ery­one ran around with this dragon kite.

It was crazy and fan­tas­tic. And they screamed at you and that was kind of scary.

How do you bal­ance your work and vol­un­teer­ing with your school work?

I only work at the li­brary three days a week and I vol­un­teer dur­ing breaks and in the sum­mer­time. So it’s not that dif­fi­cult. I try to get as much done in class as I can so I don’t have a lot to do at home.

What else do you like to do out­side of school?

In the sum­mer­time my dad goes out on a car­ni­val. We have an amuse­ment busi­ness. So ev­ery sum­mer I travel with him around Mis­souri and Arkansas and that is tons of fun. You get to meet all types of peo­ple and they’re all re­ally in­ter­est­ing.

Can you tell us some­thing ran­dom about your­self?

I col­lect vinyl records and my fa­vorite band is The Bea­tles. So I have their com­plete discog­ra­phy on vinyl. It’s my shin­ing achieve­ment.

What is your fa­vorite book, and why?

My fa­vorite book is “The Catcher in the Rye” be­cause I think it ac­cu­rately con­veys the sort of wan­der­lust and reck­less­ness of be­ing a teenager.

What is your fa­vorite movie, and why?

My fa­vorite movie is “Back to the Fu­ture.” It’s been my fa­vorite movie since I was 4 years old, be­cause I have al­ways loved time travel and sci-fi. And it’s so funny.

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