SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on Union Catholic senior Nick Hart, who has made a huge impact on the Union Catholic Community, in and out of the classroom.
Hart, who lives in Carteret, is a Student Ambassador, an Honor Roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, and is a member of the baseball team and the livestream crew.
You do such a great job representing UC! What does it mean to you to represent the school as a Student Ambassador, and what’s the best thing about being an Ambassador?
Being a Union Catholic Ambassador is one of the greatest honors of my high school career. Being able to show other people the school I love is easily my favorite thing about being an ambassador.
Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC?
Honor Roll, Nation Honor Society, American Legion Boys State
Can you explain how the balance between academics, and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?
Balancing academics and extracurricular is so important in developing a system to manage your time in order to be able to get all your assignments done with everything else you have after school. Time management is a great skill to learn now which will help you down the line later in life. Along the lines of getting involved, get involved in as much as possible without overwhelming yourself, get to know people, make connections and make memories.
How and when did you start playing baseball, and what do you love the most about it?
I always grew up around sports and my father is a big Yankees fan, so I was always around the sport. I’ve probably been playing since I was about 3 or 4 years old. The best part about the sport has been the memories I have made from t-ball all the way to high school winning big games and of course some championships
What did you love the most about being a member of the baseball team at UC, and what position do you play?
What I love most about being a member of the UC baseball team is the camaraderie between all the guys, every practice we are joking around with each other and having a great time. Currently, I play first base and am a catcher.
How tough was it to not have a high school baseball season last year, and what type of things did you do to stay sharp and work on your game?
Last year, not having a season really hurt, not just missing out on the whole season, but just not being able to be out on the field with the guys. We had a great group of players last year, and it was rough on all of us to not have one last season with them. Luckily, my sister plays softball, so during quarantine we would hit, throw, and field a couple times a week, so we could both stay sharp and work on our skills. Also, I watched a lot of YouTube videos for my mechanics.
What do you consider your greatest strengths as a baseball player and why?
My greatest strength as a baseball player is my versatility, I can play all over the field except pitcher and during my time as a high school player I have played all over the diamond, starting my freshman year at second base now moving to first and behind the plate.
What are your biggest goals for you and your team for the upcoming high school baseball season?
My biggest goals are to be able to help my team win games and allow us to have a good season. Every team comes into the season wanting to win the county championship, and that would be a great goal for us this year as well. Overall as a team, I want to go out have a good season and surprise some people.
What made you get involved with the livestream, and what do you love the most about broadcasting games?
Mr. Araneo’s Digital Journalism class is the biggest reason I joined livestream, along with my love for sports. Broadcasting has been such a great experience, I love being able to basically just talk about and analyze sports games a couple of times a week with my buddies, doesn’t get better than that. Also, I have been able to greatly improve my public speaking skills through livestream which is such an important skill in my eyes.
How about the Mr. UC competition, Nick. What did you enjoy the most about being a contestant?
My favorite part about being a contestant for Mr. UC was being challenged to come out of my comfort zone and try new things. I am not much of a dancer but, this competition forced me to try it out. Also, my talent was pretty fun to record as well.
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?-
What I love most about being a student at UC is the opportunities that UC has presented me over the past four years. There have been so many opportunities for me to excel as a student and as a person because of what UC has done for me. I truly do not believe I would have had these opportunities anywhere else.
Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here?
The high school decision process was stressful, but I knew UC was the school for me after Freshman for a Day and the Open House that I attended. As soon as I walked into the building, the students and staff welcomed me with open arms and created an amazing atmosphere and community that I knew I wanted to be a part of.
What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?
I would definitely tell students to get to UC as much as possible for any events, even virtual events. But actually getting into the school and meeting faculty, staff and students is important. Personally, I think that the community and the relationships that you make with everyone at UC is something that is not going to be found anywhere else at any other school.
How about the future, Nick? What schools are you looking at right now to continue your academic career?
Right now the two schools I am trying to decide between are Seton Hall and Rutgers
What would you like to major in? What type of career would you like to pursue?
Currently, I want to major in business, then after receiving my bachelor’s degree I would like to go to law school and work in the corporate law field.
What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?
I am a big family guy. I have a pretty big family with a lot of younger cousins who I love spending time with. Also, I love fishing and basically just spending time out on the water.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I enjoy being on the beach, fishing, spending time with family, and playing wiffle ball
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
Mr. Araneo and Mr. Breza . Favorite class is Digital Journalism
Favorite UC baseball moment?
Playing my first high school game, and getting my first high school hit against Linden
Favorite non-baseball UC moment?
Either the livestream Tommy Armstrong, Eli Walker, and I did for UC basketball vs. Johnson, or the Super Bowl show Tommy, Eli and I did at Fox News
Favorite UC Event:
Fall Pep Rally, especially the volleyball game between the grades
Favorite UC Core Value?
Community - because it best embodies what I love most about UC. The Community atmosphere has allowed me to create great and lasting relationships.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
One word to describe your UC experience?
Share one tip for members of the Class of 2025?
Enjoy all of your time at UC, it is going to be some of the most fun you’ve had in life so far, and it goes so quick. So really make the most of every opportunity you have at UC and enjoy it while it lasts.
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