Dawson Wallace has enjoyed a very well-balanced academic and co-curricular experience over the past four years at Huntington High School. The senior plans to make the most out of every day he has left before graduating next June.
A member of the Blue Devil marching band, Mr. Wallace is also a varsity fencer and a member of the stocks and analysis club. He’s enrolled in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, AP Physics, AP Micro and Macro Economics, Honors Spanish, Calculus BC and Engineering.
“I’m looking forward to learning about new topics like engineering and economics and applying for college,” said Mr. Wallace about the year ahead. “I hope to discover or at least come closer to figuring out what field I want to go into.”
Relationships mean a lot to Mr. Wallace. The teenager’s closest high school friends include Steve Yeh, Arashdeep Singh, Connor Grosso and Evan Aguirre.
“I have been close friends with Dawson since sixth grade in Woodhull Intermediate School,” Mr. Yeh said. “He is very smart, studious and a good-natured person. I’m really lucky to have such a great friend.”
Mr. Wallace considers social studies teacher Camille Tedeschi one of his favorite faculty members, “although I started off rough by spilling her coffee the first day of school,” he said. The teenager studied with the classroom veteran during two different courses and the pair really hit it off.
“Dawson is a unique individual,” Ms. Tedeschi said. “I taught him in both ninth and tenth grade and was happy I had the chance to get to know him. He is quiet and reserved, but very smart and also has a great sense of humor. I remember him dressing up as Napoleon in tenth grade for historical Halloween. Dawson was a lot of fun to have in class and made significant contributions to each class he was in.”
“My best memories of Huntington High School are of marching band and fencing, mostly because of the people I worked with,” Mr. Wallace said. “I would recommend those two activities to anyone going into high school, especially marching band.”
Mr. Wallace isn’t sure what he wants to study in college so he hasn’t decided where he might go yet. “As of now, I’m leaning towards fields in math and science,” he said.
With the new school year underway, Mr. Wallace is approaching his classes like he always does; determined to give his best effort. He has compiled a strong academic record and he’s looking to finish on a high note before heading off to college next fall.