SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sean Machado has certainly made his presence felt at Union Catholic.

The senior has become one of the most visible students in the school through his wide-range of activities that he’s involved in, and he has become a difference-maker in the community.   

Machado can be seen on UCTV delivering news on the morning shows, he’s a member of the Executive Board for the Performing Arts Company and the Crayon Club, he’s a member of Peer Ministry, the Connection Crew, and The IMAGINE peer mentor group.

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“I think it is important to be involved in different things because that way you meet new and diverse people and learn new things from them as well,’’ said Machado, who lives in Perth Amboy.

Machado loves his role on UCTV.

“Doing the news on UCTV is very enjoyable, and it is something that I look forward to doing every morning,’’ said Machado. “At first I was a little shy and hesitant to be in front of the camera, but after doing it a few times, it is now something that I really enjoy.’’

Machado also gets a lot of satisfaction from giving back, and said that being a peer minister has been very rewarding.

“Being a part Peer Ministry is something that I have always looked forward to being a part of,’’ said Machado, who is playing the role of Jack in UCPAC’s Fall Play next month, "Love (Awkwardly) & (Virtually). It helps me stay grounded in my faith while having fun with others in the UC community.’’

Machado said being so active has helped him become a better student.

“Between juggling academics and my various activities, I have become a more organized and timely student, allowing me to enjoy my activities to the fullest all the while getting a quality UC education,’’ said Machado.

Machado has excelled in the classroom, earning Honor Roll status every marking period since his freshman year.    

“To me these successes mean a lot because they are a sign that hard work pays off and that I can participate in various activities and still achieve good grades,’’ said Machado.

What does Machado love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?

“The thing that I love most about being a student at Union Catholic are the people and teachers that I have met, and because of them I have been able to be myself around them, take risks, be more outgoing, and most importantly strive for success.’’

Why did Machado decide to become a student at Union Catholic?

“I decided to attend UC because every time I stepped into the building there was always a welcoming feeling around me, which is something that I didn’t feel from other schools,’’ said Machado. “UC also showed me that I can be successful here, and that with tools provided from UC I would reach my ultimate goal in my professional career.’’

Machado loves the sense of community at Union Catholic, 

“My favorite UC core value is community because UC’s community and its welcoming attitude was what made me pick UC in the first place,’’ said Machado. “And now that I am a part of that community, I want to be a part of that welcoming feeling to others so that they may also want to come to UC.’’

What kind of advice would Machado give to younger students who are considering attending UC?

“Advice that I would give to prospective students who are considering UC would be to just be yourself and enjoy these next four years because they go by quickly. As the motto goes, here at UC we choose forwards always, and with that UC will help provide you with the necessary tools you will need to succeed in your future endeavors.

Aside from academics, here at UC you will form bonds with classmates that will last a lifetime. UC has something from everyone whether it may be a certain class, a club, a sport. Whatever it may be, there is something here at UC in which you will have the ability to be yourself.’’

Machado has a career goal that he said UC has made him ready to pursue. 

"I believe that UC has prepared me enough to pursue a career in Criminology/Psychology,’’ said Machado, who hopes to one day end up in the FBI.

Before Machado heads off to college next year, there are lots of things he’s looking forward to in his final year at Union Catholic.

“Thing that I am looking forward to this school year would be any and all senior events, including prom, senior portraits, and many first lasts,'' said Machado.

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit