In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic senior Aidan Reidy.
Reidy, a pole vaulter on the track and field team, helped the Vikings win the State Non-Public B Relay Championship last week. He is also an Honor Roll student is very active in clubs at Union Catholic.
Here is our Q and A with Reidy -
Congrats on being part of the pole vault team that finished first at the State Relays to help your team win the State Non-Public B title. What does it mean to you to be such a big part of a state championship team, and what can you say about the way your team performed?
I am very happy and honored to be a part of his amazing team. I think that team performed at its very best and I am happy that we took home the state title.
I know your personal best in the pole vault is 11-6 from last spring, so tell me how big of a goal it is for you to clear 12-0 this season, and what you feel specifically is the key for you to make 12-0 and higher this season?
Clearing 12 feet is a huge goal of mine and is something that I have been working towards for a while now. For me, taking every practice like it's a competition is how I hope to clear 12. Working hard and putting in the effort is something that I take seriously.
How and why did you first get involved in track and field?
When I came to UC, I had the intention of playing golf. But I wanted a new guitar and my dad told me that if I tried running he would get it for me. So I took the deal. I tried running over the summer and I fell in love with it and I’ve been running cross-country and I've been on the track and field team all four years.
How about the pole vault? How did you get started vaulting, and what do you love the most about the event?
I started the pole vault sophomore year. My friend wanted to try it and asked if I would go along with him. At first the idea of vaulting was terrifying to me. Throwing yourself high into the air with nothing but a pole and some luck seemed crazy. Nevertheless I tried it and came back again and again and never stopped.
Can you list everything else that you are involved in at UC (all the clubs etc.)?
I am part of the business club and ski club. I have also attended some meetings with the ALS club as well and am a peer minister.
What do you enjoy the most about the clubs and activities you're involved in?
What I enjoy most about the cubs is the chance to make friends. I have made many friends attending these clubs and the activities we do are a lot of fun.
Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC?
I have been on the honor roll all 4 years of high school. Through freshman and sophomore year I was second honors. Through junior and senior year I have been in first honors.
What does it mean to you to earn those awards, and to have achieved so much academic success?
It means a lot to me to have earned such an achievement. It means that I have put in the effort and work to earn these awards and that the teachers that are helping me are ensuring that I do my very best.
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
I love the community that UC has to offer. Making friends here is very easy and you are never alone. All of my friends I met freshman year just in classes and we hang out every weekend and do a lot of outside activities together. UC does an amazing job at making everyone feel included and happy. UC will forever be a place that I call home.
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?
I was originally in the Cranford Public School system. However, I never felt at home within those schools. UC was recommended by a very close family friend and we thought we would give it a try. I had scheduled meetings at other catholic institutions but after going to UC’s Open House I knew that this was the place 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?
Some advice that I would give to younger students is to put yourself out there. Never back down from an opportunity to make friends. Students should come to UC if they are looking for a safe place to call home. Everyone here is welcoming and you will never be alone.
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 think UC turned me into a very outgoing and extroverted person. I came to this school knowing nobody and didn’t think that I would make any friends. But, I was wrong.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outside of school I like to go hiking and biking. I also spend a lot of my time with friends either out in town or playing video games. I also picked up fencing as a side sport and I take guitar lessons.
What are you looking forward to the most the rest of this school year?
I am looking forward to finishing out this track season and getting ready for college.
What town do you live in?
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
Mrs. Donnelly’s criminology class and Mr. Breza’s business class
Favorite UC memory?
I have so many I can’t name one specifically
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Honesty because I believe that honesty is a key factor in keeping healthy relationships and a healthy community
How about the future? I know you’ve committed to Lafayette. What was it about Lafayette that made it such a good fit for you, and what do you plan to major in?
Lafayette reminds me of UC. It's small with a strong community and a sense of home and comfort. I plan on majoring in Environmental science and maybe minor in something else.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
I see myself traveling and studying the environment
One word to describe your UC experience?