How long have you been President of Student Council and what is your favorite part about it?
I have been the President of Student Council since the beginning of this school year. My favorite part about it has to be having the opportunity to be a role model for many students and, at the same time, serve my school.
Is staying on the principal’s list hard?
Staying on the principal’s list is something that I personally don’t look at as hard, but I look at it as a measure of effort. If I put in the effort, then I make the principal’s list. Anyone can make the principal’s list, it’s just a matter of how much effort that person puts into his/her work.
How do you stay focused academically and still do the things you enjoy such as sports, etc?
I am able to focus on academics and still do things that I enjoy such as basketball and football because I always put academics first. I know that when I do something I love or even join a sports team, that academics is always first. My parents taught me that I should put all of my effort into my studies, because they believe education is one of the most important things in life to have that no one can take away from you. Extracurricular activities or sports are something I like to do and academic education supersedes all of them.
What position do you play in football and how long have you been playing?
I play tight end in flag football and I also play back-up quarterback. I have been playing for maybe a little more than two years now, but I only got serious about playing for Saint John Vianney this year. Basketball has always been my favorite sport and I have played the sport inside and outside of school for about seven years.
What do you think is harder, being President of Student Council or being a member of the football team?
Both have their challenges. With Student Council, I have a big responsibility to serve the student body and the school, to be a role model and I hope I can be an inspiration to younger kids. Football on the other hand is something I really like to do, nevertheless I put my 100 percent effort in games and practices because I know our coaches count on all of us.
How long have you been on the robotics team and what type of things do you guys do?
This is going to be my second year on the robotics team. We do plenty of things such as building, programming, designing and, my personal favorite, going to competitions to compete.
Tell us about going to the Philippines this summer.
Going to the Philippines this summer was really fun because I got to see family members that I hadn’t seen for about ten years. I actually met some of them for the first time. It was really nice being reunited with my family and going different places there with them. The one thing tha really struck me and opened my eyes is that even though the Philippines is struggling to rebuild from the calamities from last year’s typhoon and other challenges, everyone is still as happy as can be, and they make the most out of everything.
Was tutoring 1st grade students last year hard?
Tutoring first grade students last year wasn’t hard because I had fun with it and I had a sense of fulfillment, I loved tutoring and mentoring the first graders and I was glad to hear that their grades on their next few assignments and exams went up, that’s priceless.
Being a mentor comes with a lot of responsibilities. How do you exhibit them to those who look up to you?
I exhibit those responsibilities, by always trying my best in everything that I do, always putting academics first, and being willing to help out with anything. I am not perfect and I do make mistakes, but I take responsibility for my mistakes and learn from it.
Matthew is an 8th grader at Saint John Vianney School