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March 28, 2013

Student of the Week: David Jin

by Hana Hong

David Jin proves himself to be a remarkable individual, which is apparent in his outstanding grades, impressive swim record, and fantastic personality.  A junior here at Centennial, he is already on the varsity swim team and involved in both Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. For all these reasons, he has been nominated as Centennial’s new Student of the Week!

The Centinal: When did you begin swimming and what drove you to continue?

David: I first swam in fifth grade. I hated it because the water was really cold. I swam on again/off again throughout middle school but was sort of forced to try out for the team freshman year. I turned out to be above average and made varsity. Maybe out of maturity or better coaches/teammates, now I love the sport and haven’t looked back.

The Centinal: What is one thing that swimming at the state level has taught you?

David: Some state swimmers can already be Olympians. I’m jealous. I learned to work hard and never let up in practice because I want my teammates and I to go next year.

The Centinal: What would you say was the greatest experience during the swim season?

David: Probably watching my teammates qualify for state in the 400 Free relay. I was 1st alternate, so I got to go too. I lost my voice screaming. There’s a good picture on Facebook.

The Centinal: Apart from swimming, how do you like to spend your spare time?

David: I listen to music off my I-Pod. I prefer metal (not emo stuff) and instrumentals. I spend a ton of time with my best friend Chieli, who likes that stuff too. I love movies too and I started reading a ton during spring break because I was bored. Now I’m hooked. Lastly, I study ACT, but clearly that’s not a hobby.

The Centinal: Are there any movies or books you would recommend?

David: For movies I recommend Looper, Batman trilogy, Black Hawk Down, and Zero Dark Thirty. Over spring break I just read “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. It’s the best book I’ve ever read by far. Really touching.

The Centinal: If you had the chance to sit down and have lunch with any one person in the world, who would it be?

David: Lecrae Moore. He’s a Christian rapper, but unlike most, he’s really good. Runner Ups are Jeremy Lin, Mila Kunis, John Green, and the President.

The Centinal: What are your overarching personal goals and aspirations for your high school career?

David: I just want to enjoy high school. People complain now, but they need to appreciate it because college is going to be tougher. Besides that, getting a decent ACT and going to a good college always come to mind. All in all: be the best I can be.

The Centinal: What do you find to be your most compelling weakness?

David: I have a problem with procrastination. And while I try to act mature, people who complain or are irresponsible in classes really bother me. I just need to learn to control my impatience towards them.

The Centinal: In your opinion, what is the best and worst thing about high school?

David: The best thing is Chieli Maldonado. He and I are just so close, you know? Worst is complainers, especially when they aggravate teachers.

The Centinal: Who are some inspirations and role models in your life?

David: My coach, Jason Maddux, Jordan Young, Jesus Christ (but I’m not some religious zealot), my dad, and Lecrae Moore.

The Centinal: If you could become anyone or anything in the world, who would you be?

David: Besides Spiderman? Michael Phelps without pot.

The Centinal: What is one thing about you that most people would be surprised to know?

David: I’m interested in engineering, and I’m much more easygoing than my grades show and my classmates expect. The Asian stereotype? Not applying.

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