Student Spotlight on James Haggerty


Savannah Bone, Staff Writer

What motivates you to come to school? 

I am a sociable person, and I love being able to interact with other people.  I view being able to go somewhere almost every day where I can do just that as a pretty cool opportunity.  And, believe it or not, I kind of enjoy school itself too. I know, it sounds crazy! But in my opinion, learning can be a whole lot of fun, and that in itself can often motivate me to get up and go to school every day.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of school? 

I have been in Boy Scouts since 1st grade.  In a way, it’s become a part of the person that I am today, and the life I live.  I’ve always enjoyed engineering and technology itself, so I’ve gone through phases of building drones and other contraptions.  I also very much enjoy computer gaming… which actually might be close to addiction at this point.  I also consider myself a sneaker connoisseur of sorts.  Right now though, I’d say the activity that I’m most interested in outside of school is mountain biking.  During the summer, I can be found around Stroudsburg and on local biking trails almost constantly. 

What are your plans after graduation?

After I graduate, I plan on going to Pennsylvania State University — Main Campus.  While I do not have my specific majors narrowed down yet, I am certain it will be in the field of engineering.  From there, we’ll see where life takes me.  I’m hoping to find a full-time job as quickly as possible in my field, most likely staying in Pennsylvania.  However, I would love to take some time to explore the country we live in too.

 What is the greatest experience you have ever had?

This is really easy for me.  This summer, I traveled out west to Colorado/New Mexico and eventually made my way to the Philmont Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  From there, I went into the New Mexican wilderness and hiked 85 miles through the backcountry for the next 10 days.  I carried everything I needed to survive on my back, from a tent to food and water.  I got to experience the beauty and power of nature like never before.  As soon as I emerged from the mountains on my final day, I already knew my life had been changed forever. I can’t explain the feeling…it was simply incredible. And nearly impossible to comprehend the impressive feat I had just accomplished.  I find myself often wishing I could go back, and just relive a few of the experiences that occurred during that trip.

What is your greatest accomplishment so far? 

The greatest accomplishment that I have achieved in my life so far is definitely reaching Eagle Scout.  It took years of hard work and determination and gave me skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

What is something that you have learned in your childhood that has stuck with you?

I remember being taught in kindergarten to “treat others how you want to be treated.” It’s such a simple phrase, but its meaning is so important.  Following this expression has been a huge part of my life, and has shaped my character as an individual.

What is your life motto?

I would consider my life motto as “try your best, and never give up.” You will not always succeed, but it is necessary to try your best for that success to ever even come your way.  While such an undertaking might take a long time to accomplish, it is essential to never give up, no matter what life may throw at you.

Which countries/places would you like to visit? 

This could be a really long list.  Mainly, I would love to visit Yellowstone National Park.  I have been fascinated by everything that it encompasses since a rather young age.  Furthermore, I would love to visit and explore as much of California as I possibly can.  To condense a few others, I would enjoy traveling to and traversing Alaska, Canada, and even Hawaii at some point in my life.

If there is one thing you could change in the world, what would it be?                

Well, at this point, if I could change one thing in the world, it would be to end the pandemic.  It has really altered everyone’s lives in so many ways, and not for the better. I miss how life was before Covid struck, and the true physical interaction that came with it.  Life as we knew it was truly stripped away from us, and it would mean everything to gain it back.  Also, I’m pretty sure no one enjoys wearing a mask, so that’d be a rather big plus.  I believe that if the pandemic were to end, a lot of other issues that our country, and the world, are facing would dissipate along with it. 

Is water wet?

Ugh. Not this question again. NO. Water is NOT wet. I think. That should settle it right? No? Well, I guess I could go more in-depth…water has the ability to make other things wet. Wetness itself is defined as the ability of a liquid to adhere to the surface of a solid, and objects depend on a combination of cohesive and adhesive forces to determine how wet or dry they actually become.  Because of this, while such a definition is rather confusing, something is wet when a liquid, in this case, water, sticks to its surface.  However, as some research may provide, there is another way of viewing this question that might actually result in a different answer. YES. Really.  If wetness is defined as the feeling that is created, or felt, when water is exposed to an object (for instance, your skin), OR, defined as being composed of a liquid, then water is, technically, wet.  Really, when it’s thought about this thoroughly, it is truly up to the recipient of this question to decide the answer based on the definition that they follow.