EHS Senior Spotlight: Meet James Kim
What do you like best about Ewing High School? The best thing I like about Ewing High School is the diversity. We are diverse in every way. You meet new people in high school and become friends with people that you would have never thought would become your friend, and not many other high schools have that to offer. It exposed me to many different backgrounds and upbringings, which makes every student unique in their own way. This has made me truly appreciate my experience at EHS.
Who is your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher that I’ve had is Mrs. Marchesani. I had her my junior year for Chemistry Honors which, is a very difficult class. However, she made Chemistry very easy to understand and taught the class like no other teacher. She has a way to connect with students and understands them well. Not only was Mrs. Marchesani an amazing Chemistry teacher but she is an amazing person. She gives great life advice and guidance. We talked a lot about what I would like to do in the future and talked about college. She is someone who I can come to and talk to about anything. She is truly a wonderful teacher.
In which activities do you participate? For EHS I am part of the Varsity Football and Wrestling teams. I have started for 2 years on the Varsity Football team and I have wrestled all 4 years on the Varsity Wrestling team. I also participate in Key Club. I was recently inducted into National Honor Society this past spring and am part of the Peer Leadership program.
What is your favorite memory of high school? My favorite memory of high school is playing football under the lights on Friday nights where all my friends and family are there to watch. There is no other feeling than running out of the giant inflatable helmet and playing in front of your home crowd. That is a memory that I won’t ever forget in my life.
What do you do outside of school? Outside of school I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. I also spend a lot of time at the gym training for football and wrestling. I am able to balance everything out by working at Pennington Market and PacSun. At the moment, I am spending a good amount of time preparing myself for college and looking into colleges around the area.
Who has impacted your life in a positive way? Coach Dalessio, my football and wrestling coach. He has coached me since my freshman year in wrestling and believed that I could wrestle on the varsity level my freshman year. Not only is Coach Dalessio a great coach he has truly taught me about hard work and how you won’t get anything from taking short cuts, especially, in the sport of wrestling.
How do you define success? From what I have learned throughout life and at Ewing High success is not defined. Success is not based on how much one attains or how much knowledge one possess, but in my opinion is based on how much “heart” one has and how far one is willing to go to achieve whatever goal is ahead. In the end, it is based on how happy the person is and if they accomplished the goal they wanted to achieve.
What are your plans after you graduate? After I graduate high school I plan on going to a 4 year university and I would like to major in Pre-Med.
What is your favorite quote or book? “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” - Muhammad Ali