Daniel Alexander Nara is the valedictorian of the Oxford High School class of 2013.
He was involved with various extracurricular activities. He participated in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics freshman year, earning a Varsity letter in the process. He was also a team member of the Oxford J.V. Bowling team for three years, until he decided to change to Varsity Quiz Bowl (think team jeopardy) senior year. He has been a member of the Gay-Straight Club since it was founded. Junior year he was selected as a member in both his local National Honor Society chapter and Link Crew.
He is also highly involved with his community. Foremost, he has performed a lot of service through his church and his National Honor Society chapter. At church he played guitar for youth services, was a technician, painted, and participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in Pontiac. National Honor Society provided him the opportunity to experience service in a multitude of ways: Santa breakfasts, dog rescues, spring fairs, and orchestra concerts are just a small selection of these.
He loves working on projects: computers or solar heaters and even built his family a rain-barrel system freshman year. He is a proficient musician, having played the trombone, violin, and guitar. Classical guitar was his hobby for six years until time constraints regrettably forced him to relinquish it, but not before he played at a wedding. On par with this achievement is his attainment of first chair, first violin in his school’s orchestra freshman year. He loves tutoring as well, which is how he performs most of his community service. His favorite physical activity is bike riding which is very convenient for the bluebird nest box monitoring program at Orion Oaks Park of which he is a proud volunteer. At college he is optimistic about joining a cycling club and trying fencing or sailing because he sees them as honorable old pursuits.
He is very proud at achieving a 34 A.C.T., but is far prouder at having maintained a 4.0 unweighted G.P.A. throughout his high school career. His school has awarded him top honors in math, science, and the humanities multiple times, which Lawrence Technological University honored with an award. He is an A.P. Scholar with Honor and he earned that distinction by achieving fives on his four A.P. tests (two of which were during his sophomore year, which was rare at Oxford).
His career goals are not completely decided on. He is fairly confident of his desire to earn a bachelor’s in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He would then like to work in research and development in the Aerospace or Materials fields.
His personal plans are not fully developed either, but they are relatively simple. He wants to make and maintain friendships. He would like to travel. Lastly, and most importantly, he would like to get married.