By: Samantha Allen, Contributing Writer
Matt Smith, CHS principal, named Duke Newsted the CHS Student of the Month for February. CHS history teacher Aaron Williams nominated Newsted for the honor.
Newsted, son of Jim and JoDean Newsted, is a sophomore at Centralia High School. His favorite class is World History. “I find it [World History] interesting, and I enjoy learning about the past.”
Outside of school, Newsted is involved in many co-curricular activities. He is active in FCA, Student Council, Band, Football, Wrestling, Track, Spring Musical and Madrigal. Newsted is also a part of Boy Scouts where he earned the honor of Eagle Scout.
Williams nominated Newsted for many reasons. “Duke is an excellent representative of CHS. He is a tireless worker both in and outside the classroom. More specifically, Duke was instrumental in setting up a recent FCA event that was a great experience for our Centralia community,” he said. In January FCA hosted a “Taco Tuesday” after a home basketball game. To prepare for the event, Newsted reached out to Olympic wrestler J’den Cox to be the keynote speaker. Williams commended Newsted for the initiative it took to have an athlete of that caliber speak to our community.
Matt Smith, CHS principal, thought Newsted was a good fit for Student of the Month. He said, “Duke has shown outstanding leadership skills in a variety of ways at CHS. Specifically, he took the initiative to bring in an outstanding celebrity speaker for an FCA event, J’den Cox. His leadership in stepping up to make this event happen for his school, club and classmates was very impressive.” Smith also acknowledged Newsted’s work ethic outside of school. “Duke practices these skills outside of school as well as he has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a distinguished honor that to achieve requires extreme commitment,” said Smith.
When asked about his educational and career goals, Newsted said, “[I am] not sure, but possibly military service in the Air Force or something in the fine arts field.”