Senior Spotlight: Austin McGuire
By Gabriela Pesantez Velarde
Here's Austin running in a cross country meet at Mercer County Park.
Austin McGuire is ready to go onto the next phase of his life: college. As the end of the school year is nearing, Austin knows he wants to attend Montclair State University and major in psychology. Once he earns his master’s degree, he aspires to be a therapist or clinical psychologist, however, when he was young he desired to be a marine veterinarian.
In preparation for college, Austin took AP Psychology and Dual Enrollment English Composition 101 and 102. Along with focusing on his academics, he also dedicated himself to sports, or more specifically running and swimming. He participated in the swim team his sophomore and junior year, and entered the cross country team his last three years. In his participation of these extracurricular activities, he has made many memories and accomplishments, such as winning the title of Most Improved Player for the swim team, that he will treasure forever.
What must have motivated Austin through his not so brightest moments? Well, like everyone, Austin had his ups and downs, but his “fear of failure and incentives of success” has kept him going. He has seen past family members who have confronted their challenges and graduated college, and some on the opposite end of the spectrum who didn’t continue their education. He is well aware of the benefits of a high school and college education, and is certain of what path he wants to pursue. In addition, he follows a certain philosophy that says, “your name goes where your feet don’t travel.” For this reason, he never fails to leave a positive mark wherever he goes, because it is best to leave a good legacy.
Austin will be missed, but he will go on to accomplish great things. The person that he has become throughout these past years has definitely impacted his friends, teachers, and coaches. His fellow swim teammate (who also happens to be his girlfriend) Sarah Myers spoke very highly of him, guaranteeing that he is the “most amazing guy [she] has ever met.” His cross country and track coach, Mr. Dave Tees, also praised Austin’s hard work, strong leadership skills, and his “sense of humor that made him fun to coach.” They are all thankful to have known Austin and wish him the best of luck in college.