Standout Student: Simon Awcock
Simon Awcock, a senior at Armstrong High School, was recently named a National Merit finalist. He's among 15,000 finalists from across the country.

"I just like to be doing things, I don't like it when I'm sitting still," Awcock said.

Awcock is taking five AP courses this semester. His favorite subjects are math and science and wants to use his love of those subjects to work in the aviation field. 

"I'm looking at two different focuses: I'm looking at either doing a systems focus or an aerodynamics focus. And taking that and working on the next generation of aircraft," he said.

Awcock is also on the technology team at his school's media center, helping other students with their broken computers and gadgets.

"He's got so many different skills and he knows a little bit about many many many different things. He is amazing," beamed media center clerk Katy Tessman.

Awcock is also a member of the shop staff for the school's theater program, building sets and running audio for shows. So far he's worked on more than 11 productions.

And as if all those things weren't enough on his plate, he still finds time to help others. Last summer, Awcock went on a church mission trip to Haiti.

"I just like to be able to help the people out who are around me. I  think supporting the people around you
is ultimately going to be the best way to get somewhere in life."

Awcock says he'll take a gap year after graduation. He plans to attend Youth with a Mission training school in Mexico. He hasn't decided on a college yet, but he's been accepted at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois.

Sonya Goins, reporting



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