With students from all over Palm Beach County, Atlantic Community High School is the home of many promising students who are active at school and in the community. The Squall hopes to feature a weekly highlight on a nominated senior who exemplifies all that it means to be an Atlantic Eagle and commend them on their four years of hard work.
This week’s featured senior is Nicholas Cooper. In addition to being a varsity football player, Cooper has been a Safe Schools Ambassador since middle school. Safe School Ambassadors work within the school to help prevent and minimize bullying and school tragedies. With the Safe Schools Programme, which is implemented all over the nation, Cooper has been trained to help kids being bullied. “He can be super friendly, and always social,” Shamima Akter, senior, said about Cooper. With a friendly disposition, Cooper serves as a friend to all who need it.
For fun, Cooper enjoys hanging out with friends, watching football and doing community service. He focuses on the importance of working within the community and being involved with his peers. With over 1000 hours of community service, finds joy in serving other people. His favorite part of the last four years at Atlantic were the pep rallies, especially when all the grades competed for the title of the best class as it illustrates the unity of the school.
“Time management, need to have it,” said Cooper when asked how he balances school, football, and his responsibilities with the criminal justice program. He stresses the importance of being prepared for anything.
“He was extremely responsible. Before he went on field trip, he would always come to me before hand to ask for assignments and stay up to date on his work” said Elise Harding, English teacher. While he is unsure about where he hopes to attend college, he looks forward to pursuing a career in criminal justice or even education.“Always be involved in something you enjoy, and always think about the future” said Cooper. He plans on applying to Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University as well as some schools in New York.
Nicholas Cooper serves as an inspiration to other Atlantic students by being active in all parts of the community. From students to teachers, the Atlantic population praises Nicholas Cooper.