Celebrating Our 2018 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 25, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior: Wendy Jackeline Portillo Rodriguez

Wendy Jackeline Portillo Rodriguez

Parkville High School

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

During my years as a BCPS student, I had many teachers that inspired me and helped me. All of them had been just great, but the one that made a significant impact on me was my English ESOL teacher Jessica Gresock, “Ms. G.” Four years ago, I was on my first day of classes in the United States, not knowing a word in English. I sat in that classroom and even If I didn’t understand quite well what she was saying, I kept listening, learning. She kept teaching me, helping me with what I didn’t understand, helping me with other things rather than class, real life. In the following school years, she kept helping me out. She’s an inspiration for me, and I can't thank her enough for being there for me.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

My greatest achievement during my years as a BCPS Student was having my artwork showcased in different art galleries and winning the Youth Art Month Maryland Flag contest!

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans after graduation?

I plan to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in the fall of 2018 to become an animator.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself doing what I love to do, art. I see myself inspiring young artists to achieve their dreams, creating more and more! I’m excited for the future.

Favorite book:

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Favorite quote:

“I’m patiently waitin’. I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation!” – Hamilton the musical, “My Shot”

Favorite Movie:

Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997)

“I was introduced to Wendy by Illona Hanson, a colleague in the ELL program who saw Wendy’s interest in art and design. Though our initial language barrier made for a minimal first conversation, what was immensely clear was that Wendy loved the arts and had great talent that needed to be shared.

“When working with Wendy in class, it is clear that she consistently goes above and beyond the criteria; not only in requirements for the project, but in the quality and thought processes behind the artwork as well. She always delivers unique and personalized solutions, demonstrating amazing skill and ability with every piece she works on. Her attention to detail and layered reasoning for building the story as she does surpasses any expectations of the projects or a workflow in high school. I’m extremely proud to have worked with Wendy and look forward to all her successes in the future!”

Ryan Twentey, visual arts teacher

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