Huntington senior David Chavez.
Huntington senior David Chavez.

David Chavez Performs His Way Through Senior Year

December 19, 2022

David Chavez is one of Huntington High School’s great performers. He thrives before an audience. The senior is a natural on stage. It’s where he feels at home.

Mr. Chavez is a genial fellow. He’s easy to get along with and he respects everyone. “Two of the many teachers who have made a difference or who I have an especially strong connection with are Ms. [Victoria] Garbarino and Mr. [Marlo] Romero,” the senior said. “They’ve helped me learn new things about life and also helped me whenever I’ve been in need.” Ms. Garbarino leads the high school choral program and Mr. Romero teaches science.

“I want to go to college for musical theater,” Mr. Chavez said. “I would like to be on the stage performing.” The teenager is comfortable on stage and happy to stand before an audience.

Happiness and feeling good about yourself are important to Mr. Chavez and he hopes they are important to his classmates, too. “People always think that you have to be a people pleaser and always do what people think is good,” he said. “You have to make sure you know what you want and what you want to do for yourself and not for others!”

The senior participates in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Huntington’s GSA chapter with faculty advisor Nicole Cooper.

Mr. Chavez is taking classes in economics, geometry and mystery literature, among others. “Next semester, I will be taking Theatre Arts B: Play in Performances and African American and Latino Politics,” he said. “I really enjoy Mystery Literature. It’s a very fun and engaging class and I’m learning things I didn’t know about.”

Mr. Chavez is well-liked. “My experience at Huntington High School has been good,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being in any other school district. My life would be way different.”

Last summer, Mr. Chavez worked in SCOPE’s summer STEM and music and art enrichment programs. He also kept busy training with the Blue Devil marching band.

Mr. Chavez’s plans for the future are still coming together. “I hope to be working with directors on a stage; performing in front of people and seeing their reactions,” he said.