Senior Spotlight: Stephen Bondurich

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Stephen Bondurich is someone who has certainly made an impact at CHS. He is known by his peers for his energetic and genuine personality, and has taken on numerous roles over his 4 years. He’s been an elected student representative as vice president, a contributor to the theatre department, and most recently...Chatham’s new breakthrough star athlete. “Bondo” as most call him in the hallways, has been shattering records for CHS’s indoor track team all winter and looks to continue his success in the spring. Let’s see what he has to say!

Bondurich

How has senior year compared to expectations so far?

It’s been pretty lit. Senior year has a different feel to it than all the other years. All the senior privileges and events we have make it really special.  It’s much less stressful, even though I’m taking more AP classes than ever. My teachers understand what it’s like to be a senior, so they’re a little more accommodating while making sure that we are still learning. As a senior, I’ve really started to value my time here and make the most of what I have left. It feels strange knowing it’s my last year, but I’ve been mostly loving the experience.

How has the college application process treated you?

It seemed like a nightmare at first, but once I actually started it, I felt much more in control. I started early, which I highly recommend, so I wasn’t cramming for deadlines. It’s not a very enjoyable process, but it is not as bad as some might think. Still, it’s an amazing feeling once you’re done with all the applications.

How do you get involved in the CHS community with extra-curriculars?

Obviously, there’s track. I’m a captain for the indoor and outdoor teams. I’m also an actor for the fall play each year. I do a lot in terms of organizing events and fundraisers as the vice president. I’m an active member of the Wounded Warriors club and Future Business Leaders of America.

You have had a very successful last season of winter track, did you expect to succeed to this degree coming into the season? What moment so far are you most proud of?

Not at all. I really had no idea that I could achieve as much success as I have. I put in a lot of time training but never imagined it would take me this far. My proudest moment is easily anchoring our 4x400 team at counties. I took the hand off in third, ran a 49.3 split to get the lead, and finished in first. We ended up setting a county meet record and beating the previously undefeated Morris Hills. Everyone watching was going crazy. It was unbelievable.

What is one piece of advice you would give to the freshmen as they begin their journeys through CHS?

Always be ready to step outside your comfort zone. You’ll miss a lot of opportunities if you only do things you've always done. Some of the best decisions I’ve made were ones that made me incredibly nervous and unsure.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Optimistic, disciplined, kind.

Why do those words represent you well?

They represent me because of who I am as a person. I’m usually pretty happy because I find joy in the little things and I don’t worry about things that I can’t control. I always try to be nice to other people and brighten up their day. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to get where I am as a runner, which takes a good deal of discipline.

What teacher has made the biggest impression on you throughout your 4 years here at the High School?

Mrs. Fallon. I learned so much more from her than just an English class curriculum. She pretty much inspired me to enjoy reading, and I would always ask her for recommendations. She also brought in tea for us every day, which I loved. There was never a dull moment in her class. Mrs. Fallon has helped me become an overall better person.

What are you looking forward to most as your final year in high school is coming to an end?

I’m looking forward to doing all of the fun senior activities with my friends and living the dream before the year ends. I want to make the most of the time I have left with my classmates and family. I’m excited for my internship too.

What is your favorite memory at CHS?

Picking up my spring parking tag. It’s a great feeling when you know you’ll never have to make the hike from the j-lot again.