What does it mean to you to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible?
Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is not one that many achieve, so achieving this is a great accomplishment. Obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout has been such a journey for me with a lot of ups and downs, but full of great learning experiences.
Tell me about your project. What exactly did you build at Isidore’s Garden in Colonia?
My project was a 40-foot walkway for a local garden that grows food to supply multiple local food pantries. This walkway was put into place to provide a stable path from the parking lot to the garden which used to get flooded.
What made you decide to do this as your Eagle Scout project, and what has the reaction been from the St. John Vianney School/Church?
When I was looking for a project, I wanted to find a project that would help my community. St. John Vianney really appreciated the work I put into the project. All the garden volunteers were very happy to have a dry, stable path to get produce from the garden to the parking lot, so it could be delivered.
When did you first join the Scouts and what do you enjoy the most about being a Boy Scout?
I started back in 2010 as a Cub Scout and moved up to become a Boy Scout. Through all my years of scouting, I have enjoyed connecting with the outdoors and really just living in the moment and learning great life skills throughout the process.
What is your troop number and what town is it in?
I am part of Troop 53 in Fords, NJ.
You are such a well-rounded student at UC. Can you list everything else you are involved in at UC? Sports, clubs, etc.?
I am involved in PAC and have played a role in the Spring Musical every year. I am also a member of the Crayon Club, Ski Club, Environmental Club, and I play varsity tennis. I was also a Student Council home room representative for one year.
Can you list the honors that you have received at UC? Honor Roll, academic awards etc. or anything else?
- Academic Honor Roll
Freshman Year - 1st marking period
Sophomore Year - 2nd marking period
Junior Year - 2nd and 4th marking period
- Academic High Honors Honor Roll
Senior Year - 1st marking period
Senior Year – 2nd marking period
Can you explain how the balance between academics, and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?
The balance between academics and extracurricular activities is a difficult balance, but it is worth it. It has helped me learn to manage my time and allowed me to connect with the people around me. Being a part of activities outside of just academics has made me a better and more well-rounded person in school and in my everyday life.
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
The best part about being a student at UC is that you are part of a community where everyone wants you to succeed and everyone is supported.
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 was first looking for schools, I didn’t really like any, but then I came to UC and saw how welcoming everyone was and then I knew that this would be a great fit for me.
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?
UC has a strong sense of community. Everyone here wants you to succeed so you can have a bright future. I would advise your students considering UC to take advantage of everything UC has to offer. The time flies by sooner then you expect, so make sure to enjoy it and create memories that will last forever.
What specifically can you point to as the things that you’ve benefited from the most from your experience as a student at UC?
I have benefited from the teachers/staff at UC, whether it be the teachers at Success or just after class when I have questions.
How about the future, Daniel? What schools are you looking at right now to continue your academic career?
I still haven’t made a decision, but my top schools are Lynn University, Montclair State University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Hofstra University.
What would you like to major in? What type of career would you like to pursue?
I plan to major in Environmental Science and Sustainability. I would like to pursue a career that helps keep our planet clean and healthy.
What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?
I can fold origami.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I love to snowboard in the winter and surf in the summer.
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
Environmental Science with Mrs. Yezo
Favorite UC Moment or moments:
I have two: Going on ski trips and performing on stage with PAC
Favorite UC event?
The pep rallies are my favorite. It just gets everybody so hyped.
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Community – UC feels like family.
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One word to describe your UC experience:
Share one tip for members of the Class of 2024:
Make the most of what Union Catholic has to offer and don’t be afraid to try new things.