Our latest student of the week has all the usual top honors you'd expect, but he also faces a unique challenge.
Tyler Nicholas has autism, but it doesn't stop him from being a leader or volunteering at Gilbert A. Dater High School.
"I have a 4.0 GPA, and I'm in National Honor Society. I participated in the school talent show two years in a row," Nicholas said.
He took home third place his first time up in the talent show.
One of Tyler’s paraprofessionals, Jessica Diehl says, “In the three and a half years that I have known him, Tyler has grown drastically. He has learned to speak up and let his parents, teachers, and peers know things he needs or wants, which is a difficult task for a lot of students with Autism and has been something that Tyler has been working on throughout his entire school career.”
Tyler loves sports and has even medaled in several events through the Special Olympics.
"Tyler loves working hard and inspires other students to do so and he will talk to other students about working hard. (He) loves helping other staff members and other students," Diehl said.
Tyler also takes pride in being involved at his church and the food pantry there.
Nicholas was also voted Prom Prince as a junior.