April Senior of the Month
Schaumburg High School is proud to recognize Kenneth Tochihara as the April Senior of the Month. Kenneth has embraced the spirit of our school and, in doing so, established himself as a person of influence in the SHS community. It is quite easy to see why: Kenneth exudes a charismatic confidence that allows one to feel comfortable in trusting his abilities.
Over the past three and a half years at Schaumburg High School, Kenneth has time and again demonstrated his ability to be trustworthy, engaging, resourceful, and determined in much of what he does. Kenneth excels academically and takes his studies very seriously, an approach that has served him well in the classroom, as he has maintained honor roll status throughout his entire career here at SHS. But, so much of who Kenneth is extends beyond the academic walls of this institution.
Outside of the classroom, Kenneth has been an active member of the Saxon Community. In addition to participating in baseball and golf for the school teams, he has been an integral member of several school organizations. Kenneth has been involved in Tri-M, Math Team, NHS, International Thespian Society, as well as earning a position on the SHS Orchestra Leadership Board. While he will humbly deflect credit for his work, one of Kenneth’s most notable accomplishments at Schaumburg High School has been his role as a lead member of the Theatre Tech program. Not one to be satisfied with just being a part of the group, Kenneth began to take on management positions during shows. Learning to communicate and collaborate with others to accomplish tasks and meet the goals of the group, were hallmarks of his time in Theatre Tech. Kenneth excels in this manner and has earned respect, from both students and school staff alike, as one who can be trusted.
With all that goes on in his life, Kenneth still finds time to volunteer at his church, helping out where needed, as well as perform in the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra. As a second-degree black belt in the discipline of Shotokan Karate, he gives back to his dojo, serving as an assistant instructor. With a strong connection to his heritage, Kenneth also volunteers during various events which celebrate Japanese culture.
When asked how he manages a full schedule, both in and out of school while maintaining good grades, Kenneth states he “remains motivated at SHS by becoming excited about the topics I learn in class. I don’t take courses because they’re required, but rather, to learn and expand my knowledge. I love learning about the world around me and why things are the way they are. Therefore, my motivation to do my homework and study stems from my desire for knowledge.”
Kenneth truly has everything it takes to be extraordinary in his life and career: a sincere love and appreciation for knowledge, a strong desire to help others, and an innate sense of his own self-worth. Kenneth is excited to take the next step in his life quest, as he studies Aerospace Engineering at the university level and beyond. But, it’s not just his drive for academic excellence, nor his participation in numerous extra- and co-curricular activities that will define Kenneth’s future. It is his ability to learn, grow and pay forward, that will help Kenneth as he takes the next step in his life.
Congratulations to Kenneth Tochihara on the well-deserved honor of being named Schaumburg High School’s April Senior of the Month.