Union High School Honors September’s Top Seniors

Addison Darby and Braxton Tempest have been named Seniors of the Month for September at Union High School. Addison is the daughter of Robert and Marie Darby, and Braxton is the son of Tony and Jennifer Tempest, all of Broken Arrow.
Darby is active in Symphony Orchestra, Environmental Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club as co-president, MESH Club, National Honor Society, Tulsa Youth Symphony, Teen Team, New Covenant Orchestra at Asbury United Methodist Church, and volunteers for the Food Bank and the Rotary Medical Supplies Network. She has received a distinguished service citation from Interact, an Outstanding Academic Award in World Languages and serves as first chair cellist in Union Orchestra. She also is involved in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, All-State Orchestra; and she has received several Superior ratings at state solo and ensemble music competitions.
Darby said she considers herself to be a leader because she likes to put others at ease and make sure things run smoothly.
“I am considering a double major in chemistry and music performance for cello,” Darby said. “I hope to use a background in science to research climate change and play in a professional orchestra. Since I began playing cello in sixth grade, orchestra has been a constant in my life. Every symphony I’ve played in has pushed me to become a better performer and person. It’s hard to describe the thrill of playing a concert everyone has worked hard for, and I will always cherish the friendships and memories I’ve made.”
Darby said she believes AP Chemistry has made a big impact on her education “because it opened a whole new world of science to me that is absolutely fascinating. It has encouraged me to pursue science as a career and to never stop asking questions.”
Tempest is active in Union Leadership and Student Council, the Superintendent’s Advisory Board, the Committee to Reconsider Union’s Mascot, Broken Arrow Youth Council, and the Tulsa Mayor’s Youth Council. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has been on the AP Honor Roll for the past four years. He has been Class President for the past three terms and is the Class of 2021 president.
“I plan on attending college to pursue a degree in architecture, as well as political science,” Tempest said. “I also plan to get a graduate degree in urban studies and design. I am leaning towards attending Oklahoma State University.”
Tempest said he has learned a lot from his AP classes in Calculus, Chemistry and Language. “They have taught me the power of hard work, the importance of connection and relationships, and most of all, they’ve showed me that anything is possible,” he explained, adding, “encouragement is just about the most valuable thing one can give.”
Tempest is well known at the High School for his involvement in Student Council.
“I can positively say (Student Leadership) is the most beneficial thing I have ever been a part of,” Tempest said. “It is a microcosm for real world situations in which perception, reason, efficiency and empathy are all needed. I am passionate about growing as a leader, serving others and helping teams grow.”