In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic senior Arminder Singh.
Singh, who lives in Carteret, is a member of the National Honor Society, an Honor Roll student, a member of the forensics team, treasurer of the C.R.A.Y.O.N. club, and a member of the Service Club.
Last weekend, Singh advanced to the semifinals in Student Congress at the Princeton Classic, a very prestigious forensics tournament.
Here is our Q and A with Singh -
Congrats on breaking to semifinals at the Princeton Classic in Student Congress. What does that mean to you, and how exciting was it to make it so far in such a prestigious tournament?
Breaking to the semifinal round at Princeton is a very significant moment for me in more than one way. First, it
proved to me that Union Catholic’s Congress team is absolutely able to compete effectively at a national level.
Second, it showed me that our entire speech and debate team is growing stronger every year. Finally, it showed me that myself, and everyone on the team has the ability to grow to become national champions in the future, and I am going to do my best to ensure that happens for future members. It was pretty exciting to make it as far as I did, and I hope to keep getting better and better.
Was this your biggest accomplishment so far in forensics, and what was your topic, and what made you decide on that topic?
This was absolutely my biggest accomplishment so far in my forensics career, and I plan to keep improving my skills so I can do even better at future tournaments. Congress is unique in that there is not one set topic to debate, there are multiple topics to debate, and the students get to decide what to debate. This makes the debate more dynamic and extemporaneous, needing to stay on your toes and stay up to date with current events to do well. One of my favorite topics I debated over the weekend though was about the universal basic income.
I know you were inducted into the National Honor Society this school year for the second year in a row, which is a great accomplishment. What does that mean to you, Arminder?
Getting inducted into the National Honor Society means a lot for me. Primarily, it’s a strong indicator that the effort
I’ve put into schoolwork and academics is paying off. While the NHS status is nice to have, I consider the status
less important than the results of the work to attain that status.
You are such a well rounded student at UC. Can you list everything you are involved in at UC other than forensics? Clubs/activities etc.?
Apart from forensics, I’m also the treasurer of the executive board on the C.R.A.Y.O.N. club, a club that
focuses on children with special needs. That aside, I’m an AP student taking AP Calculus and AP English Literature and Composition this year. Finally, I’m also involved in the
Service Club at UC.
Can you explain how the balance between forensics and academics etc. has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?
The balance between speech and debate, and academics has helped me be a better student by expanding my
knowledge base beyond what I learn in school. Congressional debate (another term for Student
Congress) has forced me to challenge a lot of assumptions I’ve made about the world and seek the
facts. Congress has supplemented my academics by adding real-world depth and context to many events
discussed in classes such as history classes, and it helps me learn how to use that academic knowledge to better
Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC other than the National Honor Society? Honor Roll etc?
I’ve gotten consecutive honor rolls since my freshman year in every marking period. I’ve also won multiple
Olympiad awards in subjects like Chemistry and English,for ranking in the top 10 best scoring students on those
tests in the school. Additionally, I’ve also been inducted into the National French Honor Society, for hard work in
What does it mean to you to have achieved that success? Must be very satisfying and exciting to see all your hard work pay off.
To have achieved this success, to me, means that there is not only a lot of potential inside me, but that there is a lot of it that could be tapped into more, as is true in all of us.There’s a lot of potential in me that I hope to bring out at the end of my senior year.
What did you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
I loved the community the most, students and teachers included, because they were welcoming, and encouraged
me to bring out my true potential, and to improve my skill set.
Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here?
When I first came to UC during eight grade as I was choosing high schools, I felt that the school was right for
me, right off the bat. Everything the Open House had made me feel like I belonged here. I felt the environment
was welcoming, and I was able to bring out a lot of my potential here, which made me want to be a student here.
What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?
Some advice I’d like younger students to know considering UC is for them to take the environment in and really let the school, the community, and the climate around you permeate your mind as you’re checking out UC. They
should come to UC for the community and the high quality education. UC’s community experience is one that simply can’t be replicated by other schools.
What specifically can you point to as the things that you’ve benefited from the most from your experience as a student at UC?
The things I’ve benefited most from as a student at UC are the forensics speech and debate team, and the
community. The speech and debate team is where I’ve made a lot of great friends over my UC career, and is
where I really learned to open up socially in freshman year. The community at large helped me further open up
What would you like to major in when you attend college, and what type of career would you like to pursue?
In college, I would like to major in electrical engineering, with a minor in mathematics. I would like to pursue a
career as a hardware engineer for a company like Apple, building the CPUs for future devices, or a software
engineer to build the low-level software that powers future devices.
What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?
Something about myself that most people don’t know is that I love to do research. I absolutely love taking
something I don’t know, and researching about it so that I do know how it works. I’m a big advocate of knowing how our world works, so the more research you do, the more you know about how everything works. This is so
important for being a productive and knowledgeable member of society in my eyes.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time? I like to learn more about the world, learn more about math and science, and develop skills I’ll need in the real world.
Favorite class and teacher at UC: Dr. Sagendorf, World Studies AC/AP US History.
Favorite UC Moment: When I, along with another student, had guessed the password to one of Dr. Sagendorf’s quizzes
Favorite UC Event: Forensics meets, particularly away meets such as Princeton or GMU.
Favorite UC Core Value: Compassion because I believe truly great things can happen when everyone
Life Motto: Do not blindly accept long-standing assumptions about the world, instead challenge them and
prove them right or wrong.
One word to describe your UC experience: Exciting
Share one tip for members of the Class of 2024: Get involved early, and whatever you are involved in,
make genuine connections with others and make them count!