#1StudentNWI: Whiting High School staying positive, safe

#1StudentNWI: Whiting High School staying positive, safe
By: Alena Baez Last Updated: March 30, 2020

What’s Happened Recently?

Lately, Whiting High School has called off all of its school activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. To keep students at a lower risk of contracting the virus, the school designated the weeks before and after spring break as eLearning days. Many students have been doing their best to practice social distancing and slow the spread, as well as keep healthy. 

Spring sports, concerts, and plays have been postponed until further notice. The spring sports hope to start their season as soon as possible and encourage their athletes to remain active and healthy. The play has been postponed, as well as concerts. Prom is likely to be postponed. For seniors, it is an upsetting end of the year, but many students stay positive while understanding the importance of social distancing. 

As of March 30, Whiting plans on returning to school May 1. It is in the best interest of the school and students to use as many days for eLearning to keep up with the skills and knowledge as finals approach. Even though COVID-19 has hit, Whiting remains strong by utilizing their students' time just the same as if they were attending school in person. Not even a pandemic like the coronavirus can phase us! 

Student Spotlight

This March shines brightly on Whiting High School senior Christian Camacho. Camacho is ranked 5th in the senior class and also been accepted to Michigan State, University of Chicago, and even MIT. His dream job is still to be determined, yet he is focusing on a field in science or engineering. 

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His favorite subjects in school are science and math. He excels in classes such as physics, calculus, and chemistry. Due to his strong influence in these subjects, he has also been on the Science Olympiad and Academic Team (SCIOLY). 

“Science Olympiad allows me to build and learn. My favorite thing to build for SCIOLY is a vehicle of some sort. SCIOLY taught me calculus, chemistry, and physics,” Camacho said.

He has been devoted to the team for four years and hopes in the future to be able to give back for all the skills he received and give the group the acknowledgment that it deserves.

“Mr. Dan Nichols has had a huge influence in the direction of my life. He's the science olympiad coach and biology teacher. Without his push towards science, I would’ve become a doctor or a nurse but now I want to be a scientist or engineer. He pushed me to strive for greatness I didn't know I was capable of, and I dedicate some of my greatest achievements to his mentorship,” Camacho said.

Camacho also enjoys origami and building cars as hobbies. He constantly challenges his mind. His big life goal is to someday be remembered for amazing achievements. Looking at the direction he is working toward, it is hard to say he won’t be able to achieve that dream.

Camacho is an outstanding student and a generous friend. Many people enjoy being around him because he always has unique things to bring to the table. He is yet another student at Whiting High School who stands out for his self-motivation and independent thinking.