Student of the Week: Erik Newhouse, Central High School senior

Erik Newhouse

GPA: 4.031

After-school activities: Cross country, National Honor Society, Central Ties, youth group, lacrosse, mountain biking, snowboarding, any outdoor activity, reading.

Favorite books: “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDouglas, “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller.

Favorite TV shows: “The Cosby Show” and “Friends.”

Favorite band or musician: Radical Face, Switchfoot.

Parents: Mark and Nancy Newhouse.

Personal hero and why: Jesus Christ. He died for me, loves me and gives meaning and purpose to my life.

Preferred colleges: Calvin; Dordt; and Whitworth.

Preferred career: Outdoor recreation and youth ministry.

Greatest achievement so far: I have maintained a close relationship with my parents and brother and sister. Without that, I would be unable to achieve anything else.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: To live life to the fullest and to live for others. I do not want to achieve things for myself, but rather hope to achieve things for the betterment of others.


Q: What has been your favorite high school class so far and why?

A: Any art class with Mr. G. We are prompted with images or ideas that cause us to think and create outside of our normal comfort zones, allowing us to break through our own barriers. I love to create and express myself through artistic media.

Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?

A: I have a huge passion for the outdoors. Almost any outdoor recreational activity appeals to me, whether it is mountain biking, hiking, bouldering, running barefoot, canoeing.

The arts are also a passion of mine. I play guitar, both for fun and at my church, and listen to a wide array of music. Drawing, painting, sculpting, anything that allows me to be creative I also enjoy. And best of all, I love doing these things with other people.

Spending time with my family is very important to me. I will go on mountain bike rides with my dad and younger brother, or read on the couch with my sister. Many a night have my mom and I been up late talking about life and what it entails.

I participate weekly at my church youth group as well. It is a highlight of my week.

Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach, or parent ever gave you?

A: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  — 1 Timothy 4:12.

Q: What will you miss about your school after graduation?

A: I will miss the relationships that I have developed with fellow students, friends and teachers.

Q: What would you like to do after college?

A: I would like to travel and experience other cultures and lifestyles. I would like to use these experience to help and make a difference in the world we live in.

Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A:  Switzerland. I would love to explore the Alps and experience European culture.


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