Meet Our Newest Big Picture High School Intern: Philip Benais

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We’d like to welcome our newest Intern to The B-Town Blog, Philip Benais, a 16-year old student at Big Picture High School in SeaTac.

Philip will be working as a Writer, Reporter, Reviewer and more, focusing mostly on words.

Rather than tell you about the newest member of our team, we thought it’d be more interesting to let him introduce himself in his own words:

Who Is Philip Benais?

No doubt many of you are asking yourself that exact question, and on my more existential days I find myself asking it too.

To put it simply, I’m a 16-year old like no other; where most kids are interested in the latest musical trend or fashion statement, I keep it simple with my Bruce Campbell inspired sense of dress, my biting sense of humor and my love for all things writing. Ever since I could hold a pen, I’ve had a dream to be a writer. Naturally with age things developed and I started to take more interest in reporting and reviewing, things that I’ve always loved but felt too timid to try for myself.

Now, thanks to Big Picture High School, the wonderful Mr. Scott Schaefer and a few extra years on my belt I’m here doing what I’ve wanted to: reporting the things that need to be reported on.

In the months to come you’ll see a lot from me, some may be better than others, but one thing I can guarantee is that I’ll always be working with a smile and I’ll be telling you all only the truth; let’s face it, in a world full of people that might be full of crap, isn’t it refreshing to read something by someone who doesn’t take any crap?

According to the school’s website:

Highline Big Picture High School opened in 2005 and now has 125 students in 9th through 12th grades. Students refer to our school as a family. We are part of a growing network of over seventy innovative small schools around the country and internationally. At the core of our approach is developing close relationships with students and families, helping students identify what they are passionate about, and then harnessing this motivation to drive rigorous learning connected to real experiences in adult workplaces.

At Big Picture we believe we are doing our best work when each student is an active participant in his or her education, when his or her course of study is personalized by teachers, parents and mentors who know him or her well, and when school-based learning is blended with outside experiences such as internships that connect the learning to the real world beyond school. By these means we help students take responsibility for their own learning and prepare for success in college and beyond.

“That’s why we’ll follow the example of places like the Met Center in Rhode Island [the original Big Picture school] that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training for the possibility of succeeding in a career.”
Barack Obama, February, 2010
Address to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

You’ll be reading more of Philip’s work here on The B-Town Blog, including reviews like the one he did last week about the Hi-Liners’ “Les Miserables Student Edition,” which you can read here.

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4 Responses to “Meet Our Newest Big Picture High School Intern: Philip Benais”
  1. Stan says:

    The wonderful(?) mr scott schaefer? ohhh Scott, you musta handpicked that one huh?..*lol* I guess as long as you write a fraction as well as you`re kissing scotts behind,, even going so far as dressing like one of his idols..*lol*
    You should do okay..(just teasing you) welcome aboard.

    • Philip Benais says:

      Thanks Stan, it’s always nice to be warmly welcomed. I figured a little common courtesy would be all right but I guess being nice is just so passe these days. That’s an old picture anyways, but if you’d prefer to be condescending I guess that’s all right too.

      Nah, just joshing ya.

  2. Robin says:


    What a great way to start! You’re already a great writer!

    Good for you, Philip, for chasing your dream at a young age!!

  3. Stan says:

    We all got to be able to josh a little,, You`ll do okay,
    just remember when writing for a blog,, have thick skin.
    Again, welcome aboard kid.
    oh, being condescending is one of my strong suits,,*lol*

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