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Tommy Armstrong is thriving in a variety of ways at Union Catholic

In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic senior Tommy Armstrong.
Armstrong, who lives in Clark, is an Honor Roll student, a Student Ambassador, a middle infielder on the baseball team, writes for the school paper, and is involved in several clubs and activities.    
Here is our Q and A with Armstrong -
You do such a great job representing UC! What does it mean to you to represent the school as a Student Ambassador and what’s the best thing about being an Ambassador?

Being a Student Ambassador allows me to have the opportunity to bring in new students and show them the UC experience. My favorite part is how I can show them how UC has shaped me and the best things about the school.

I know you were recently inducted into the National Honor Society. That a great honor! What does that mean to you?

The National Honor Society induction means a lot to me, it is a great recognition of the hard work I put in, and the service to the community that I have been a part of.

You are such a well-rounded student at UC. Can you list everything you are involved in at UC? Clubs, sports etc?

I am part of the livestream program, varsity baseball,Student Ambassador, I write for the school newspaper, and am a part of the Environmental Club.

How about baseball. I know it must have been tough not to have a season last spring. What did you do to stay sharp and improve yourself, and what are your personal and team goals for the upcoming season?   

It was definitely heartbreaking to lose our season last year as we felt really strong about the team. That being said, all of the players have worked hard staying conditioned, working out, and putting in work on the field in order to have a successful season this year. We believe in thetalent on our team, and are setting the bar high by competing for a county championship and advancing in the state’s. Personally, after not having a season last year I want to prove to myself what I can really do on the field as it is my last ride.

Can you explain how the balance between academics, sports and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?

It is extremely important to branch out and be involved because it helped me discover my passion in broadcasting. Doing several different things allowed me to become a better student because it taught me to be hardworking and strive for greatness.

Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC? National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, Fred Chemidlin Scholarship, First Honors Student.

What does it mean to you to have achieved some much academic success? Must be very satisfying and exciting to see all your hard work pay off. 

I am extremely glad my hard work has paid off. I think it’s very important to aim for academic greatness, and I am excited to be performing well in that area.

What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?

I love Union Catholic’s community the most. I came in my first two years on crutches after two knee injuries, and I was treated with great care and love by every member of the Union Catholic family. I am grateful that the love has continued until now and I can be a part of it.  

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? 

UC’s sense of community was what brought me to finalize my decision. I wanted to go to a Catholic school to further my faith and academics, and UC was the best fit for these two to tie together.

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?

Younger students should know that the UC family is so welcoming and looks out for everyone who is part of it. This sense of family cannot be found at 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? 

My experience at UC taught me how to be outgoing and personable. By getting involved in many different clubs and activities, I have come out of my shell and learned a lot about myself.

What would you like to major in when you attend college,and what type of career would you like to pursue?    

I would like to major in communications and journalism. My dream career would be to become a sports broadcaster and/or writer.

What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?

I am a huge stat-head when it comes to sports. I am always watching videos, games, playing sports, fantasy football, or researching facts about sports.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time? 

I like to play sports with my friends or brothers, work out, play Madden, or watch comedy skits and movies in my free time.

Favorite class and teacher at UC? Digital Journalism with  Mr. Araneo

Favorite baseball moment? Playing in the Last Dance Tournament

Favorite UC moment (non baseball)? Playing in the 3v3 tournament and the volleyball tournament in the pep rally.

Favorite UC Core Value? Respect- everyone should be treated fairly and everyone should love one another.

Life Motto: There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - Derek Jeter

One word to describe your UC experience: Fun

Share one tip for members of the Class of 2024: Have fun and go with the flow. Enjoy these years before going off to college.

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