Student of the Week: Caleb Brockett


Lydia Kowalski, Freelance Contributor

Caleb Brockett, a senior, was nominated by Mr. Cullings (CTE teacher).  “Caleb is a SSL for CTE assigned to Mr. Cullings. He is nominated for creating posters of the core technologies based off of 20 year-old posters that needed to be updated. He also created a wall display of the systems model which Foundations of Technologies used for a project. And, he also created a model of the design process. This took a lot of creativity and initiative which are just two of the characteristics that Caleb has displayed all year. He also mentors students in the class without any prodding. He is fully immersed in his SSl role.  Caleb is also one of the finest students it has ever been my pleasure to teach in my twenty year career.

It also needs to be added that last semester Caleb scored a perfect 600 out of 600 on the PLTW IED End of Course assessment which means that he is eligible for three college engineering credits. This is the first time that I can recall this being done at any school I have taught at.” 


In addition to excelling in academics, Caleb is on the baseball team, a member of the National Honor Society, and part of ROTC at TJ High.  For the past four years, Caleb also took part in competitive marksmanship and hopes to compete nationally in the stationary rifle tournament.  He also volunteers with conservation projects like the trail building he did in Walkersville that turned old railroads into trailheads.  


After high school, Caleb is hoping to get into the Coastguard Academy, Merchant Marines, or the Web Institute.  Ultimately he would like to be an engineer in the naval field. Caleb’s love of the naval arena began with his family’s ties in Key West, Florida.   


Caleb’s motivation and drive has come from his parents pushing him to do things for himself and to always help others.  Caleb puts a lot of pressure on himself to succeed so he counters the stress with combat breathing (4 in, 6 hold, 8 out).  He also recommends meditation for students who might be struggling with stress. He says accepting his current hurdles and problems and then setting them aside if they can’t be addressed in that moment is a great mental exercise that he has found successful.