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Ewing High School Senior Spotlight May 2023: Meet Matthew Munroe: Columbia University Bound!

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Matthew MunroeIt is May of senior year, time goes by quickly.  What are you most looking forward to these last two months at Ewing High School? 

With the end of my senior year fast approaching, I look forward to finishing out my classes, performing in my last high school concerts, and prom.

What do you want people to know about Ewing High School that they might not know?

Ewing High School is a really fun, social, and diverse school with many great educational and social opportunities. Being a smaller school, the high school is a close-knit community where, at the end of four years, you could leave knowing practically everyone. It’s a place that supports its students towards their endeavors, that cultivates inspiration and thought, and is truly an experience all to itself. 

What was or is your favorite class at Ewing High School and why?

The Concert/Marching band was my favorite class at Ewing High School not just because of the great opportunities that it offered for me both musically and socially, but also because of the love, passion, and joy that is found there. For me, there is nothing like a high school band, from the grind of working towards a concert to the conversations made between friends. It’s a family of great people all working towards a common goal and having fun while doing it. Something I love.

Who is your favorite teacher and why? 

My favorite teacher is my band teacher, Mr. Price. He was my first ever band teacher who taught me how to play the trumpet in elementary school. His love for music and passion for his craft, plus his ability to teach and make a band a mini-family, is what makes the program so special. He makes playing fun and fun playing.

You are participating in the Senior Experience.  Can you share what you are doing?    

Having this opportunity to not only get a job, but be a part of a work study program like Senior Experience is amazing. Currently, I am working my first ever job at Marazzo’s market as a baker, and am enjoying every bit of it. From having great coworkers, to learning how to make pastries, especially banana pudding, I’ve loved work. Leaving school early and being paid for the work I do is the best.  It is definitely something I recommend to all seniors in the future.

What activities do you participate in school? 

In school, I participated in activities all around the board. I am in the Concert Band and the Marching Band and have performed for every single concert and have marched for three years (considering the pandemic). I am also the Spanish Club President as well as the Recording Secretary for the NAACP Club.

What activities do you participate in outside of school?

Outside of school, I am involved in my church youth group, I work, and I am also an honoree for the 40th Annual Urban League Gentlemen’s Ball this year.

What awards or acknowledgements have you received in school or outside of school? 

Inside school, I've had the opportunity to be a Peer Leader, Student of the Month (this year), play “Taps” for the Veterans during the Vietnam Day presentation, become Spanish Club President and contributed towards the “Salsa con Salsa” event.  I am part of the executive board of the NAACP Club who partnered with BSA for “Afro Arts Fest”. Outside of school, I had the privilege of becoming a gentleman for the 40th  Annual Urban League Gentleman’s Ball.

Columbia UniverstiyWhat accomplishments are you most proud of?  

I am proud of being chosen to be a Peer Leader, getting my first job, and getting accepted into Columbia University this year.  These accomplishments took a lot of hard work to achieve and their journeys have shaped my perspective and cultivated my interests in many ways.

What is your favorite memory of high school to date? 

My favorite memory of high school to date is the Peer Leadership Retreat.

Who or what has impacted your life in a positive way? 

My church and God have definitely impacted my life in a great way, as without God and the people in my life, I wouldn’t have had the network, the motivation, or the ability to sacrifice, write essays for college, get my job, and be where I am today. 

How do you define success?

Success, for me, is individual purpose meeting reality. Purpose is the inspiration, motivation, and catalyst for everything one does in life, all stemming from one's own self-image. When you’re able to find that person (who you are), envision that person, and become that person, I believe you have reached success. And that success will be apparent to others and yourself, regardless of how you qualify it.

What are your plans after you graduate from Ewing High School?

After I graduate, I plan to attend Columbia University, studying biological sciences on the pre-med track to becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Ten years from now, I see myself well out of college, possibly married, and in my residency. On track to becoming a future doctor.

What is your favorite quote or book? 

“It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger” – Greg Lemond 

What do you want people to remember about you after you graduate from high school? 

I hope people remember my kindness and genuine love for them. I want people to remember my manners and my character. Finally, to remember all the fun we had and all that has come and is yet to come in my and their lives.