As president of the National Honor Society, captain of multiple sports teams, and a class officer, Nick Seymour is one of the leading examples of Marian High School’s commitment to “educating leaders”. The personable senior has dedicated four years to enhancing the climate at Marian, making him an excellent selection for October’s Senior Spotlight.
Initially, Nick worried that a small school would not allow him to excel athletically or academically, and was not exceptionally excited to begin his freshman year on Union Avenue. Nick pinpoints the community atmosphere as the impetus to changing his misconceptions. Teachers, specifically Mr. Walter Johnson, provide the academic rigor necessary to succeed beyond high school, primarily through the “integration of different media and real life application of lessons”. Rather than constricting growth, the small school size facilitated Nick’s involvement in student government. As a class officer, he remains most proud of the successfully coordinated Powder Puff Football Game, an effort that raised a great deal of money for Hurricane Sandy Relief last year. He adamantly believes that the Class of 2014, losers of the event last year, will reverse the trend in the upcoming game.
Though highly involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, Nick is probably best known as Marian High School’s top cross country and long distance runner. His scholastic mantra, maintaining “motivation beyond the immediate grade” has served him well in his running ventures. He began running in middle school, and has since whittled his mile time—his favorite track event—to a mere 4 minutes 41 seconds. His best event is the two mile, which he has run in 10:09. Contrary to many of his running counterparts Nick does not listen to music on his jogs, which can span up to 15 miles, preferring instead to listen to the commentary of drivers on the road.
Congruent with all other areas of his life, Nick is conscientious of his eating and attempts to healthily do so at each meal. This effort is aided by his mother’s “mean chicken sandwich”, a concoction that makes an almost-weekly appearance in his school lunch. The notable change in dietary habits progressed as he became a more serious runner: for high quality race results, all preparation—food included—needed to improve. Now a habit, his focus on overall wellbeing has spurred his desire to work in public policy, specifically in the health of developing countries.
Despite his dedication to a healthy lifestyle, Nick claims there is “no food on the planet” he won’t try, with the weirdest thus far being escargot. On occasion he will indulge in Mexican food, and though his television time is limited, enjoys watching rugby. Sporadic lapses in memory—specifically, a recent locking of his keys in his car—caused him to choose a photographic memory as his preferred super power. Regardless of his ability to successfully open a car door, Marian High School has been markedly enriched by the many contributions of Mr. Seymour.