BRISTOL - After graduation, Nicholas Osuchâ€™s future plans will take him to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
The son of Donna and Tim Osuch, he is salutatorian of Bristol Central High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2018.
He plans to study mechanical engineering at RPI, and possibly get a masterâ€™s degree in business through the universityâ€™s fifth year program.
â€śIâ€™ve always loved math and science,â€ť he said. â€śI took a few engineering classes my freshman and sophomore year and that kind of sparked my interest in it. I always thought I would go into engineering but that really showed me how much I liked it.â€ť
Both of his grandfathers were also engineers -- one a mechanical engineer and one a civil engineer, he added, â€śso that also helped my interest and my parents definitely encouraged me along that path.â€ť
During his time at BCHS, Osuch took AP Psychology, AP English Language, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature, and AP Government and Politics. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Team and the Ski Club. Additionally, Osuch was a volunteer member of the United Way of West Central Connecticutâ€™s youth board and the InterAct Club, which is a junior division of Rotary International.
â€śIâ€™ve played a fair amount of sports over my four years here, but I havenâ€™t stuck with most of them,â€ť he admitted. â€śI did wrestling my freshman year, indoor track my sophomore year, baseball freshman and sophomore years, and Iâ€™ve played varsity golf for my junior and senior, that was my favorite probably.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ve been playing baseball since I was eight or so and I liked it but I wasnâ€™t amazing at so I switched to golf and I liked it a lot more so that stuck with me,â€ť he added.
One of his favorite teachers at BCHS is Jonathan Horan. â€śHe is my engineering teacher. I took engineering classes my freshman and sophomore year. Then I did a video productions class with him, which is about technology. And then I did an independent study with him this year. I also had him as a wrestling coach also my freshman year. He has had a big impact on my life,â€ť Osuch said.
Another favorite is guidance counselor Shawn Mirmina, he continued. â€śHe was my baseball coach when I was 12 so Iâ€™ve known him for a long time. He helped me a lot with applying for college and stuff like that.â€ť
One of Osuchâ€™s fondest memories of high school was participating in, and winning, Mr. BCHS â€“ a comic male beauty pageant staged every year by the InterAct Club.
â€śIt was not a lot of fun preparing for it but actually doing the show was a lot more fun than I was expecting,â€ť he said.
With his friends Jacob Nelson and Desmond DeVille, Osuch put on an act for the pageant called â€śThe Walmart Yodeling Kids,â€ť based a viral video of a young boy demonstrating his yodeling talent in the big box store.
â€śWe wore white shirts and red bow ties like the kid and we were up on stage making our voices crack. No lip sync, no music or anything, we actually did it. Iâ€™ve never been on stage like that before so it was kind of out of my comfort zone but definitely fun,â€ť he recalled.
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