HYATTSVILLE — Northwestern High School senior Christopher Aguila has a bright future in mind– literally.
With a passion for electrical engineering and a desire to make more efficient and assistive medical equipment, this 18-year-old already knows what he wants to do with his life, and he is ready to start down the path to his goals.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always liked to tinker. So I’ve always been interested in electronics and gizmos,” he said. “It just really interests me. I think it’s really cool.”
Aguila is a standout at Northwestern, said Kenyetta Kendrick, the coordinator for the school’s Project Lead the Way program and Aguila’s engineering teacher.
“Chris is an innovative leader. He is a student with ambition and goals and is very motivated,” she said. “He’s an inspiration to his fellow classmates.”
He is part of the Project Lead the Way program and focuses on engineering, but his academic passions do not stop there.
During his time at Northwestern, Aguila has taken several honors and four Advanced Placement classes. He is the president of the STEM Club, a member of the National Honor Society and math honor society. Kendrick said he is also part of the student government association, the engineering club and is an ambassador for the school. So far, he has accumulated 4.01-grade point average.
“I always like to challenge myself. Sure, I could have taken the easy way out, but I get more out of what I put into the rigorous courses,” he said. “It’s easier than it sounds because of the teachers I have.”
In his engineering classes, Aguila’s passion for electrical engineers has grown. While he enjoyed learning about civil engineering and the science behind it, it was his digital electronics class that sparked his fancy, and he sought out opportunities to continue learning in that field.
“I’m really big on that. I want to pursue that in college,” he said.
Aguila secured an internship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research during last summer as a science and engineering apprentice. There he worked with college students and mentors to lead other students through project and activities.