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.
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.