Hunter Seda wants to help people.
The Carolina Forest High School junior is a leader in his school community, involved with CFHS’s ROTC program and in 10th grade ranked #20 academically in a class of nearly 700 students.
Hunter originally joined NJROTC as a way to earn his physical education credit, but he has found strong friendships and a future calling while being a part of the program.
“It feels like a community and not a class,” Hunter said. “Captain Boyle teaches us a lot about leadership and life beyond the class.”
Hunter is part of the orienteering and academic team and enjoys the challenge of these after school practices and competitions.
Albeit in 11th grade, he is graduating high school in spring 2021. Hunter recently received an acceptance letter to the University of South Carolina’s elite Honors College.
He plans on attending medical school to become a trauma surgeon. Upon graduating medical school, he will be commissioned as an officer in the Air Force, serving active duty in addition to practicing surgery.
As a kid, Hunter said he dreamed of being a marine biologist or race car driver when he grew up.
His plans have shifted over the years especially when his father, an NYPD Sergeant ,became disabled due to 9/11 related illnesses. His mother is also a retired NYPD Sergeant and 9/11 responder.
“I want to feel like I have a purpose in life,” he said about his chosen career path. “I wanted to pursue something that will help people.”
Hunter’s aunt is a nurse currently serving in the Air Force. She has also been an inspiration to him.
Hunter has a younger sister who is a ninth grader at CFHS. He said it’s nice to attend the same school. His mom said Hunter is always willing to help his sister with her homework, “even at his busiest.”
Hunter has been taking Advanced Placement courses at CFHS for the past two years. He took AP Biology in the fall and looks forward to taking AP U.S. History this semester.
While there have been some challenges for everyone in COVID times, Hunter said he has enjoyed smaller class sizes and the individualized attention that comes along with it.
Hunter said he and his friends will often meet via video calls to go over homework questions together and work on virtual assignments.
“I’m doing virtual hangs a lot more often with friends,” he said.
Hunter’s family moved to Myrtle Beach from New York two years ago. He was not able to travel to visit extended family during the holiday season but said he enjoys video chatting with his family during this time. While living in New York, Hunter studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 11 years and was also a part of the state county’s swim team for many years.
Hunter enjoys playing video games in his free time. Online multiplayer games are his go-to and his favorite game is “Overwatch.”
“It’s fun to play with other people and talk with people in other countries,” Hunter said.
Hunter said one of his keys to success in school is time management and balancing socializing with studying.
“You have to learn how to say ‘no’ sometimes when it comes to hanging out after school or on the weekends,” he said. “I like to study with my friends, so we can do both.”
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