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February 13, 2014

Student of the Week: Eunsik Na

by Kumar Bhowmik

Eunsik Na is a Korean immigrant who came to Champaign to study six years ago. He loves Centennial and has tons of school spirit. The Centinal chose him to be Student of the Week because of his unique, upbeat personality and his award-winning Martin Luther King essay this year, which was featured in the News-Gazette recently.

The Centinal: How did the nicknames you give everybody become so popular?

Eunsik: I decided my freshman year that nicknames are good and funny, whether it relates to their names or what they look like, and I always hear people saying, “Hey Eunsik, you are really creative for that.”

The Centinal: You were featured in the News-Gazette recently for your MLK essay. Could you go into depth on what your story is about?

Eunsik: My topic was “Do you think that segregation and racism is still around today?” As an immigrant, I am very offended by the things kids say at school. If you read my article, you will see that emotion there. This gave me the opportunity to let people know.

The Centinal: How is your swimming season going?

Eunsik: I love swimming. I never get tired of it, and I love hanging with my swimming friends most of all.

The Centinal: If you could go back in high school and change one thing what would it be?

Eunsik: I would tell upcoming freshmen to take the ACT early, because for me that was the most stressful part of high school. At Centennial, we take it too late.

The Centinal: What are your plans after high school?

Eunsik: I hope to go into the engineering program at the U of I or Northwestern; I’m just waiting for my acceptance.

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