Get to know more about Fletcher's class president

Aaron Hutchinson

Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:34 p.m.

Big Fun Correspondent Angie Pitre sat down with Aaron Hutchinson, 22, of Houma. He is graduating this semester with an associate’s degree in criminal justice and is a committee member and team captain for Terrebonne Relay for Life. He is SGA president at Fletcher Technical Community College and a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, an advocate for the American Diabetic Association and a Catachist for CCD for St. Gregory Catholic Church.

Aaron, where did you grow up?

In Houma. I went to Terrebonne High School, Class of 2009.

Were you involved in extracurricular activities in high school?

Yes. I was the newspaper editor, sports editor of the yearbook, a mentor for younger kids at elementary and middle schools, and one of our school’s Relay for Life team captains.

What motivated you to become involved with Relay for Life and student leadership?

With Relay for Life, I lost family members and friends to cancer, and have some survivors in both groups. I just wanted to encourage community involvement and awareness of the different types of cancer. As far as leadership, if you’re not doing anything, get involved and make a difference. It’s proven that if you’re in school and get involved, you will stay in school and succeed. And I just wanted to make a difference.

How did you get involved in leadership and servitude with the church?

I was in the youth group and we volunteered in various ministries through the church. I’ve been with our religious education program for eight years. I’ve been a member of the Knights of Columbus for three years now, and a lector and commentator for five years. I like helping to get the younger generation involved. People see the older people involved in these things, and I just want to encourage younger people to do the same.

It’s obvious to anyone who knows you that you are an avid football fan. Who are your favorite teams?

Of course the LSU Mighty Fightin’ Tigers and the Who Dat Nation Saints.

How do you show your team spirit?

I’m always in purple and gold on Saturdays, and black and gold on Sundays. I always go to games, and even travel to away games. I’m a fan for life, whether we’re having a losing season or a winning season!

How did you become involved in the Sons of the American Legion?

My friend and I joined together after a presentation for Veterans Day at school. My grandfather became a legionnaire, and I became a Son of the American Legion. We joined together. Because of his age he can no longer be active, but I remained a member.

What inspired you to be an advocate for the American Diabetic Association?

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 13. I attended the summer camp the summer after I was diagnosed. I found out I had diabetes for Thanksgiving 2003. I was always thirsty and had a certain halitosis associated with diabetes. I got very sick and had a 26.6 A1C, which is an average of where your blood sugar should be — a normal range is 6 to 7, an 8 is acceptable. I should have been in a coma and never woke up, but somebody upstairs loves me, and we were able to get it treated. I wear a pump now to keep my insulin regulated. It’s my mechanical pancreas. There’s good times and bad times with it. My greatest challenge has been surviving poly-dermal gangrene in my leg that kept me hospitalized for 3- months my first semester of college.

You’re graduating from college this semester. What’s your plans for after graduation?

To attend a four-year college to pursue my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I will start touring other colleges in January and hopefully find a job as well in my field, whether it’s in law enforcement, the courthouse or campus security.

Service to your community and others is obviously important to you. How do you want to be remembered?

I just want to be remembered for making a difference and giving my time to help others. I want people to know that you can make a difference by giving your time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. Be active in your community. I don’t need my name on a wall, and I don’t need anything to be named after me. I just want to inspire others to get involved while I’m here.

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