Cecilia O'Brien, Editor in Chief

Hardworking and adventurous senior Ben Engle plans to explore a career in biology and pre-medicine at the University of Maryland. He has been a vital Bangor football team member and will leave a lasting legacy.

What are your favorite classes at Bangor?

My favorite classes were Spanish class and English. Spanish was always fun to me because it was a challenging yet interesting and interactive class. English on the other hand, just really gave me freedom of expression, and it’s pushed me to be more creative in and out of school.

What are your plans after high school?

My plans after high school are to attend the University of Maryland and study biology on the pre-med path. After I finish my first four years, I plan on going into the Air Force and med school. I want to become a plastic surgeon specializing in burns.

Describe your ideal life 10 years from now.

10 years from now I hope to have my own plastic surgery practice down south, hopefully either in Florida or Texas. I hope to have been married by then, with a house of my own and 2 dogs: one Cane Corso and one Great Dane.

What is your best high school memory?

My best high school memory is winning the Pen Argyl football game 2 years ago and winning the lineman of the game. It was a lot of fun playing in the game to begin with, but then, celebrating with my best friends Jaydon and Jose made it even better.

Which band could play the soundtrack to your high school career?

Definitely Blink-182. honestly, when my dad first played a song by them I hated them. However, I listened to them again freshman year and they just stuck with me these last four years. I think it just shows a representation of change going into high school.

If there were a movie made about your high school days, what would be the title and which actor would play your part?

The title would probably be “Ups and Downs” and the actor I’d want to play me would be Ryan Reynolds just because he’s funny and attractive…how could I say no to that.

Which event will you miss the most from high school and why?

I think the event I’ll miss the most is Friday nights during the football season. I had a lot of fun playing and winning games, but afterwards, having my friends come over and watch replays just added to the experience.

Who is your biggest mentor?

My biggest mentor in my high school years would be Coach Siu from football. He pushed me to be the best person I could be on and off the field. I look at him as an inspiration, and I personally push myself constantly to become a man like him.

What is your favorite quote to live by?

“You don’t gotta like everyone, but you do have to be nice to them.” My mom always told me this quote, and it has really stuck with me. I try to live by it because there’s a lot of hate in this world and if I can make it easier for someone just by being nice, why wouldn’t I?

Who will you remember most from Bangor?

I will most definitely remember Jose Fuentes and Jaydon Vilmenay the most. Jose has been my friend since he moved here in third grade, and as soon as he walked into his first day of school in pajamas, I knew he was going to be a perfect friend for me. Jaydon on the other hand, I just more recently became friends with within the past year or two. Jaydon is just a whole different type of person than I have ever met. Any time we come together, like cookies and cream, we have the best times, especially fighting over who can eat more food at Popeyes or who could eat more meat at all the Brazilian steakhouses.

What activities were you a part of in Bangor?

In my high school career, I competed in wrestling and football. I was also a part of Leo club and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). My favorite activity I did in high school was football; I was the center. I finished football earning honors like First team, winning the Hopstetter award, and some other smaller ones. Football meant so much to me because of the friendships created from it, and I felt like I was a part of a family with my teammates. All the team dinners really were the best part of football. The tournaments of spike ball at the diners, where me and jaydon competed as a team and tore apart the competition, were the best, too.