SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Brian Lumsden is very excited about the next chapter of his life. The National Honor Society President decided to commit to Villanova University in Pennsylvania this week. Lumsden plans on majoring in Astronomy. During his four years at Spotswood High School, the Milltown native was active in school activities and on the athletic field. He was a member of the boys varsity soccer team and the winter and spring track teams. He was also a member of TEAMS and the Community Service Club. In September, Lumsden was named Student-of-the-Month.
Two of his favorite educators at the high school were Technology teacher Gary Hull and Mathematics teacher Amy Mikulak. His favorite classes were AP Physics and Honor Special Topics in Computer Science. Lumsden has many memories as a Charger, but winning the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title in October will always hold a special place in his heart. Spotswood shared this year's Blue Division championship with South Plainfield High School. Lumsden was a part of the Chargers' defense that head coach Jeff Marvinny described as "tough to beat."
"Winning the Blue Division title with the soccer team this year is something I will never forget," Lumsden said. "I, along with all of my teammates and especially Coach Marv, were ecstatic and it made for a wonderful, lasting memory."
The night games the boys varsity soccer team plays each season against rival South River High School attract huge attendance from both schools. Being on the field for those evening matchups in South River were a big thrill for Lumsden as well.
"Every South River away night game I've played in will be some of my favorite memories," Lumsden said. "The fans on the sides always make those games special."
Lumsden also gives high marks to all the Spirit Week pep rallies he participated in while being a Charger.
"I loved being around so much excitement and positive energy in school," he said.
Like his fellow members of the Class of 2020, the sudden twist senior year took on the road toward graduation in June because of the coronavirus pandemic is disappointing.
"Since October, I had been working on an informational digital school display in my Special Topics class using a service called DAKboard and a Raspberry Pi," Lumsden explained. "This display was intended to show all the same information that our security guard, Sarge, used to write on a white board in the hall. After a few months of work, the display was fully automated and set up on a TV in the hallway for all students and staff to use. It included students’ birthdays, fun facts, weather, a school calendar and much more. This display updated itself automatically and even refreshed itself every morning before school. After completion, I started the process of creating a similar display to put up in the Memorial Middle School, but I was sadly never able to finish this due to the COVID-19 pandemic."