William Monroe High School Students Leaving a Legacy
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:14AM
Michael Deisbeck

Michael Deisbeck experienced the fastest internship in BRVGS this year!  A senior from William Monroe High School in Greene County, he conducted his internship with NASCAR driver Ross Chastain #4 of JD Motorsports.  He spent time in the pit and interviewing pit crew members at Bristol Motor Speedway as well as at IIHS (where he interviewed engineers regarding safety enhancements and witnessed car crashes).  When asked WHY he chose this topic, he said, "It's because I aspire to become a crew chief with a NASCAR team".   For his legacy (just in time for prom!), Michael will be "helping to plan an event that will bring together local emergency response teams to show students the dangers of vehicle crashes".  Michael plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and double-major in mechanical engineering and physics.


Grace Talley

Grace Talley is a Greene Senior who has already begun planning her financial future.  Through her research and internship, Grace developed a financial plan that we should all read and attempt to implement.  Grace did her internship at Ameriprise Financial and is planning to hold a financial planning seminar this spring for seniors at William Monroe High School.  Says Grace, "managing money and keeping a budget is important to everybody....it doesn't matter if you're going into the workforce or going to college."   ​


Kaitlyn Pantella

Kaitlyn Pantella​ is a Greene County Senior who completely changed her thesis based on her research!  She chose to do her internship in a first grade classroom.  In the beginning, "I thought extrinsic rewards would be very beneficial to students...but, through research and observation, I found that it keeps students focused only on getting the reward and not what they are learning".  For her community service, Kaitlyn worked with 3rd-5th graders at Hope Tutoring program after school, "helping them with math and reading comprehension".  "This experience has been very rewarding and pointed me in the direction of my future major".

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