Nikiski Middle-High School, Class of 2018
Aaron McCollum is a student who has positively influenced the staff, students and community of Nikiski. Aaron has excelled in academics, athletics, and leadership activities in his time at NMHS. He does not always do things the traditional way, which sums up his leadership activities. Aaron was able to lead his peers through multiple Student Led Education (Ed) Camps (SLEC) in an activity he first learned when he was a sophomore in Darren Zibell’s World History class, Micro Nations. He presented different strategies and information in this venue to fellow students while playing the popular board game, Risk. Only this time it had a twist: it was Human Risk where the participants acted out the fictional battles on stage with the culminating event being a Nerf Battle version of Capture the Flag. He consistently had 35 to 40 students sign up for his SLEC, which was a testament to his leadership skills.
Athletically, his abilities were on full display at Track and Field State Championships. He completed his career as a three time state champion (triple jump and as the anchor to the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams). Most notably, his triple jump state championship came on the final jump of his high school career, a 41’1” personal record. Aaron has enlisted in the Army as a satellite communications specialist and after his commitment is complete, will enroll in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to study engineering. “With his demonstrated leadership abilities, I am proud to have Aaron graduate from Nikiski High and serve our country in the United States Army,” said Principal Dan Carstens. Congratulations, Aaron!
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