Sibley Senior Spotlight: Santana Baker
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Santana Baker
Posted on 05/14/2014
The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Santana Baker
Senior Santana Baker 

Daughter of Julie Baker and Michael Baker, from West St. Paul
Before Sibley, Santana attended Somerset Elementary School and Heritage Middle School

Besides taking Advanced Placement courses in Biology, U.S. History, Statistics, Language and Composition, Santana has also taken two courses in Spanish through College in the Schools. She is very involved in Sibley's musical theater programs and served as assistant director for 2013's Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and costume director for 2014's In The Heights. She plays violin in the Philharmonic Orchestra and is the violin section leader for Fiddles and Friends. 

Santana has tutored a student in Spanish and is involved in the Math Team. Outside of school she volunteers for Minnesotans United and does community service projects with the Future Iota Leaders group of the Iota Phi Lambda Gamatau Chapter.

After graduating from Sibley, Santana will attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she plans to double major in Global Studies and Communication and minor in Spanish. "This will get me on the right track to becoming the President of the United States," she said. 

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation? 
Santana: The diversity at Sibley has given me the ability to become educated on many types of cultures. Since the real world is made up of countless ethnicities and cultures, I have a leg up because I will have to capacity to relate easily with people. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
Each teacher at Sibley has left their mark on me. We are truly lucky at Sibley to have such great staff. But if I have to pick, my favorite teacher is Amanda Czepa, my orchestra conductor. Since she has been my orchestra teacher since I was in middle school, she has seen me grow into the person I am today. Mrs. C always encourages me when I am having an off day and makes me feel like I can take on the world.  

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
I will never forget the feeling I had when I turned in my AP Language and Composition research paper packet. It had to have weighed at least a pound; it was the most work that I have ever put into one single assignment before. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school? 
Get involved! I met some of my best friends by going out on a limb and trying new activities. Also, do not be afraid to ask a teacher for help — it shows that you take your studies seriously. And don't procrastinate, you will regret it. 

Anything else you'd like to share about your time at Sibley?
These past four years have gone by in an instant. But I had the time of my life. 


Read interviews with other students featured in the Sibley Senior Spotlight series:
Aspen Doud - Aspen takes advanced courses and maintains a 3.9 GPA while being a leader on the Dance Team and Student Council.
Victor Corral - Despite starting his freshman year at Sibley knowing very little English, Victor has maintained a 3.9 GPA, excelled in athletics, and was offered academic scholarships from three different colleges. 
Kevin Kolstad - Kevin has made the A Honor Roll every quarter and takes many Advanced Placement classes. He is captain of the Sibley baseball and basketball teams, and also volunteers outside of school.
Nina Cerda - Nina has taken several advanced courses at Sibley and serves as captain of the Softball team. She volunteers outside of school with the Animal Humane Society and leads youth softball activities

Read about other achievements by students in the Class of 2014:
   - Kate McKay named Henry Sibley High School’s 2014 Athena Award winner
   - Henry Sibley student Jake Jaeger wins Region Triple A Award
   - National Leadership training inspires Sibley student Jose Salazar to make change
   - Sixty-five Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
   - Three Henry Sibley seniors recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
   - Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Mikaela Ziegler