Class of 2020 Spotlight

All Niskayuna High School Senior Spotlights

Leslie Perlee Spotlight

Lauren Moran Spotlight

Ivian Owens Spotlight

Calvin Wetzel Spotlight

Finn McCullough Spotlight

Davie Emmanuel Penid

Davie Emmanuel Penid

What are your after school plans?
My plan after high school is to attend college and achieve higher learning that will guide me in my career. Currently, I do not know what college to attend but I plan on majoring in Game Design or a related field.

Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you during your time at Niskayuna High School?
During my time at Niskayuna High School, I was part of the Live Expression Club. The club’s concerts that I attended and performed with my friends are one of the memorable moments I had. In the few times I performed in front of other people, the experience of it is something that can’t be replicated.

I hear you are a CTE student – what has been your experience like? Favorite part of the program? What have you been studying?
I am a student of Game Design and Implementation and this is my 2nd/final year in the program. My favorite part of the program is the amount of diversity in the people you meet. CTE students come from a variety of school districts and because of that, you are exposed to many people that will help and support each other in their endeavors.

Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?
A contribution that I am most proud of is my participation in the Niskayuna Family Night for Career & Technical Education (CTE) that took place a few months ago. As a student from Niskayuna and a SkillsUSA officer for CTE, I decided to represent both schools and aid the event.

What was your favorite thing about high school? 
My favorite thing about high school is the people I get to meet every day and the time I spend with my friends. Also learning under great teachers, who are both knowledgeable and fun, is something I like in high school.

Were you a part of any sports, extracurricular activities, clubs, etc.?
Yes. I am the Secretary of the SkillsUSA officers of CTE,  Vice-President of the Asian Culture Club of Niskayuna, and I am a member of the Live Expression Club of Niskayuna.

If you could give your freshman self advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to try out different things and clubs that piqued my interest as soon as you can and learn new things every day.

Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to see myself receiving my Bachelor’s degree in my major and still yearning to learn more.

What will you miss about high school?
Something I will miss about high school will be the amount of free time you have as a student, especially during the early years of it.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
One thing I would like to share with you and to other students is that the CTE programs are something I recommend to students who are interested. While the program may be different from the normal classes and electives a student may take, it is certainly a great experience, and students will learn so much in this program.