Garrett Newman is Oregon High School’s December Senior of Distinction, nominated by teacher Danyel Larsen.
“Garrett picks up new concepts effortlessly and applies them with ease. When he does have questions, they are well thought out, challenging, and insightful," Larsen said. "Garrett has exceled above his peers by enrolling in the Kishwaukee Engineering-Math-Science Academy (EMSA) for his senior year.
"Through this program, he is able to take the calculus sequence and physics courses that will apply to his major in college – he will earn 26 college credits before his senior year is over, not to mention the credits he earned through AP and dual credit courses at the high school.
"His academic achievements have earned him the third spot in class rank, a 4.12 GPA, and a 31 ACT composite.
"His teachers have taken notice of his hard work and have nominated him for Student of the Quarter. I have also had the opportunity to see Garrett put his knowledge to work through Academic Bowl as one of his coaches.
"He has been a valuable member of the team, serving as captain of the junior varsity and varsity teams during his four years on the team. Not only is he knowledgeable in many areas, but he also knows when to rely on the strengths of his team members.
"Outside of academics, Garrett enjoys running. He is on both the cross country and the track teams at the high school. He has been part of the varsity squads in both sports for the last 3 years and is a 2-time state qualifier in track.
"In cross country, he earned the 2010 MVP award, the 2011 Effort Award, and is the co-Captain for 2012. Garrett loves running so much that he organized a Summer Running Club and participates in the Winter Running Club.
"Additionally, Garrett participates in some of teacher sponsored clubs offered at the high school.
"He is part of the National Honor Society, he is the vice president of his senior class, and he was the sophomore and junior representative of Key Club.
"Through this organization, he averages about 50 community service hours per year.
"Additionally, he is volunteering his time in my Hawk Time, where he is serving a mentoring role to a few sophomores and making sure they get their assignments and missing work turned in.”