Would you describe characters in past tense or in present tense when writing?

I m trying to write something (it s my first time so I m not great) and can t figure out how I should do this. The story is written in present tense, so for example: If one sentence is "Tom walks across the street." which of the following would be appropriate? "Tom was a nice kid, and he did well... show more I m trying to write something (it s my first time so I m not great) and can t figure out how I should do this. The story is written in present tense, so for example:

If one sentence is "Tom walks across the street." which of the following would be appropriate?

"Tom was a nice kid, and he did well in school." or "Tom is a nice kid, and he does well in school."
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