Senior Spotlight: Matthew Yuro
Matthew Yuro is an aspiring teacher and soon-to-be 2021 high school graduate. Interested in giving back as much as possible, Yuro serves as the Lieutenant Governor of Division 11 for New Jersey’s District of Key Club International. When he’s not working towards his Eagle Scout rank for boy scouts (otherwise known as Scouts BSA), you can often find him watching shows on Disney+, with The Mandalorian and WandaVision being his favorites, or working on other community service projects.
He’s been heavily involved at the school with membership in Student Council and FCCLA as well as Peace Ambassadors, History, and Key Club. Beyond basic participation in these extracurriculars, Yuro has been able to serve multiple positions like Membership Chairperson, Events Coordinator, and Secretary, all of which, he says, has helped him build better leadership, collaboration, time management, and public speaking skills throughout his high school career.
An honor roll and principal’s list student, Yuro is also a NHS member. Being awarded the Student of the Month in January of 2019, he’s also been at the receiving end of other recognitions such as the Om Parikh Award for Optimism (given by the Om Foundation) in addition to the Unsung Hero Award (given by the Middlesex County Education Association).
Set on becoming a teacher ever since the second grade, Yuro is currently a part of the Teacher Mentorship Program offered by MTHS where he virtually teaches second-grade students, something, he claims, he is very passionate about. Although he admits teaching virtually is more of a challenge, Yuro looks forward to one day becoming an elementary school teacher and building meaningful relationships with his students in the classroom.
“I am very excited about my future career in education...Even though it's not the senior year that I anticipated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am beyond proud to have accomplished so much in our current learning environment...and cannot wait to begin the next chapter of my life journey and education in college and beyond!”
Yuro is headed to the College of New Jersey in the fall, with a major in elementary education and history. While everyone is ready for a normal return to school, Yuro, especially, is excited to get back into the classroom; this time as a teacher.