SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Klarisse Rivera was inducted into the National Honor Society last week, it was a very rewarding and fulfilling accomplishment for the senior at Union Catholic.       

“Being inducted into the National Honor Society is a very validating achievement for me,’’ said Rivera. “It shows me how the late nights of studying and doing homework was worth it in the end. However, being a member of the NHS also helped me grow as a student. I learned the value within the organization’s four pillars: scholarship, service, leadership, and character; and how they are important into becoming a well-rounded individual.’’

Rivera’s induction into the NHS added to her very impressive resume at UC.

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In addition to being inducted into the NHS, Rivera was inducted into the World Language National Honor Society last spring, and has made the Honor Roll multiple times.

“These great successes not only validate my abilities, but also motivate me to keep working hard in order to achieve my goals,’’ said Rivera. “Having these awards/honors inspires me to become a better student who’s eager to learn and improve.’’

Rivera is an extremely active student at UC.

She’s a member of the swim team, Students For Human Dignity, Peer Ministry, and the Filipino Club.

Rivera said time management has been a key to her success.   

“I find that managing my time wisely has been an important part of my high school career when balancing activities outside the classroom with my schoolwork,’’ said Rivera. “Although it can be challenging at times, I always remind myself to prioritize my goals and to stay focused.’’

Rivera said being a member of the swim team has given her a great opportunity to make new friends, and work with her teammates to reach common goals.  

“What I love the most about being a member of the UC swim team is that I could form new bonds with my teammates and work together with them to win meets,’’ said Rivera, who helped lead the Vikings to the Union County Conference co-ed team title last winter. “My favorite events to swim are the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley relay.  Backstroke is my strongest stroke and I usually swim it on the 200 IM relay, which I also enjoy because I like helping/supporting my team to win an event.’’

Rivera said being involved in so many things has made her a better all-round student.  

“I think that it’s very important to get involved in sports, clubs, and other activities outside the classroom because they are outlets for your passions and interests,’’ said Rivera. “Participating in sports and clubs overall has helped me become a well-rounded student and allowed me to discover new interests.’’

What does Rivera love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?

“What I love the most about being a student at Union Catholic is being part of the community. I think that the UC faculty, staff, and students are very welcoming. Therefore, it’s a place where you can easily form new bonds with people.’’

Why did Rivera decide to attend Union Catholic?

“UC was a place where I knew I could succeed as a student both academically and socially,’’ said Rivera, who lives in Union. “There are so many opportunities at UC to get involved in different sports, clubs, and activities. I also like how at UC you can become closer to your faith while having a good education.’’

Rivera shared a tip for members of UC’s Class of 24.

“Make the most out of high school,’’ said Rivera. “Stay focused, get involved, and make the best memories.’’

What kind of advice would Rivera give to younger students who are considering attending UC?

“UC is a place where you can truly find yourself, make great memories, and be a part of a community,’’ said Rivera, who likes to paint, draw, and play the ukulele in her spare time. “You won’t get the same high school experience anywhere else because UC will feel like a second home to you.’’

What is Rivera’s favorite UC Core Value?

“Responsibility because taking responsibility helps you have the strength to make the right choices when faced with a challenge,’’ said Rivera.

What are Rivera’s plans for the future?

“When I go to college, I plan on studying engineering,’’ said Rivera. “I want to pursue a career in this field because engineers help come up with ideas to improve the world’s biggest technical issues, and I want to be a part of those group of people that make a difference.’’