Standout Student: Armstrong’s Heldon Centellas
Heldon Centellas is a senior at Armstrong High School. Teachers say he has a heart for the environment. He’s active in the school’s environmental club and has researched ways to transition the school to solar power. When Centellas realized going solar would be a process that could take longer than his school career at Armstrong, teacher Kathy Kneeland say that too was an important lesson to learn.
“That’s part of it too. Recognizing change doesn’t happen overnight. But he’s starting it,” says Kneeland.
Centellas hopes to be an activist some day and being a change agent at a local level.
“I want to be an activist and bring people together for a common cause,” said Centellas. “I think that’s the best way to do it. Instead of organizing nationally, we have a common identity locally and that’s the best way to move forward with positive change.”
Heldon Centellas hopes to study environmental science in college. This semester, he’s participating in an environmental science class that takes him to places like French Regional Park to test water quality.
“I want to create good, positive change for everybody in the world to have a good life and stay in our ability to live on this plant,” said Centellas.