STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Q. Who is in your family?
A. My father Bob, my mother Kathy, my sister Kaitlyn, my brother Chad and my dog Toby.
Q. What do you most enjoy about being a senior at Emmaus High School?
A. The best part about being a senior is seeing the support and ambition for EHS athletics. Seniors want nothing more than their last year of high school to be the best, causing more senior support in student sections as well as maximum effort put forth by our senior athletes.
Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?
A. My favorite subject is physics because it is both relatable and applicable. Physics is responsible for everything ranging from lifting a finger to how the universe came to existence. In the future, I plan on becoming an aerospace engineer, which uses the applications of physics extensively. I will be able to design rockets, cars, planes and various other things.
Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?
A. In my junior year, the West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley and EHS awarded me the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, presented to students who excel in academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership. Additionally, I have been granted the opportunity to attend West Point’s Summer Leadership Experience as well as Keystone Boys State.
Q. What are your favorite extracurricular activities?
A. Ice hockey has always been my favorite activity outside of school. I play for the Warwick Wildcats 18AA team as well as Emmaus varsity. When I am not playing, I coach the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a team made up of amazing special needs children. I also enjoy my roles as president of Latin Club and vice president of the weightlifting club. The health and wellness fitness club is another favorite of mine, allowing me to give back to the community through involvement in Special Olympics, among many other events.
Q. What is your next goal after high school?
A. My goal since middle school has been to become an officer in the United States Army. I hope to accomplish this goal by enrolling in the United States Military Academy at West Point or participating in Army ROTC at another college.
Q. What do you consider your biggest challenge to date?
A. The most challenging part of my life has been time management. Juggling extracurricular activities, studying times and homework assignments can be very stressful. To this day, I have to complete homework in car rides to ice hockey practice. The best way for me to overcome this challenge has been to take my mind off of the tasks at hand. As contradictory as it may seem, sports, socialization and relaxation have allowed me to de-stress and approach my work with a clearer mind.
Q. For what would you like to be remembered?
A. When I leave EHS, I want to be remembered as a consistently hardworking individual. Throughout my life, I have put as much effort as I could into any task presented to me.
Q. Whom do you admire? Why?
A. Dwight D. Eisenhower is a huge role model for me. Throughout his life, he exemplified various leadership qualities that I hope to acquire. A West Point graduate himself, Eisenhower became General of the Army, Supreme Commander of NATO and President of the United States. He undoubtedly made the most of his life, which is what I intend on doing.
Q. Do you have any advice for your peers?
A. Stay positive. Stressing about bad grades, games or relationships is a waste of time. Use your past struggles to enhance your future. If you bombed a test, use it as motivation to ace the rest of your tests. If you had a bad shift in a game, make it up next shift with a great play. Use bad relationships as a catalyst for finding good relationships.