Arata earned a weighted GPA of 4.6 and will attend the University of Maryland this fall.
Arata was captain of the swim team during his junior and senior years. He reorganized the leadership cycle to allow for summer team building, and helped lead the men to a regional championship and third-place finish in the state competition. Arata is an accomplished musician, who played the saxophone and tuba in the symphonic band his freshman and sophomore years, while simultaneously seeking mastery of the piano. He is also a beekeeper and an aspiring blacksmith.