Harold Reinoso is the Senior of the month of March. Harold’s responsibility and sense of self makes him a leader among his fellow upperclassmen. Due to his maturity and autonomy, Harold exhibits the essential characteristics of what makes a WHSAD autonomous learner as he intelligently and clearly communicates with his teachers and peers, exhibits punctuality and adherence to project deadlines, and examines concepts through various critical lenses. Harold’s English teacher, Mr. Powers, says, “Besides the fact that Harold portrays most, if not all, the attributes of being an “autonomous learner,” he makes it look easy.” While Mr. Codio, Harold’s Architecture teacher, says that Harold is “a leader in the classroom who helps others become more autonomous learners and inspires others to push their design ideas to a higher level.”
Below, Harold shares his thoughts with student correspondent Antonio Perez about his experiences at WHSAD, what he has gained from his time here, and why he believes he was nominated.
My main goal in WHSAD is to graduate with an advanced regents diploma and attend a good college and use the resources I’ve been provided with to help pursue my dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. Through my dedication and hard work, this is achievable, and I work even harder to become successful in life. WHSAD offers an environment in which I can grow and learn in my own ways that are best suited for my learning style. The community at WHSAD is very strong and plays an essential role in developing students over the years and shaping them into hard workers who are dedicated and motivated toward working towards their passion. Through these experiences students can utilize what we’ve learned in class and through engagements with people in the community to our advantage in our future. My usage of experiences to help benefit my future is what I believe made me chosen because of my hardworking and time management skills. Architecture and English are my favorite classes because of the fact that we get to work hard and learn every day, from our accomplishments and even our mistakes we can learn and grow. After graduation, I aspire to get into a college that will enrich what I have already learned and further advance my knowledge in the field of architecture and engineering. This will enable me to pursue my career choice of becoming a mechanical engineer. In Entrepreneurship Club I raise money to fund for activities, due to raising we have currently collected around $800. The connection between teachers and students is what makes WHSAD special. The teachers in WHSAD create an environment where students are encouraged to attend every day and participate in discussions, and genuinely share interest in topics. Students feel comfortable with teachers, and are ready to work and learn. Through the experiences I have created with teachers and with students alike, and the information I have gained over years of hard work and utilizing my surroundings, I’ve been prepared to take on the outside world and chase my aspirations. This is why I’m grateful for WHSAD.