• Academic All-Star: Anthony Otadoy Garciano

  • Anthony Otadoy Garciano is an Academic All-Star from Truman High School

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  • SCHOOL: Truman High School
    HONORS: Top 1 percent; AP Scholar; Missouri Bright Flight; QuestBridge Scholar; Patriot Scholar in Social Studies; member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society and academic letter recipient.
    ACTIVITIES: Member of the Youth Advisory Council and the Technology Student Association and participated in Patriots Assisting Truman Students.
    What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
    Take advantage of your education. A high school diploma may not hold the same value as it once did, but the way you perform in high school greatly affects the next step in your life, so don’t slack during your freshman year.
    Who was your favorite teacher and why?
    There has been a handful of teachers that have helped me throughout high school, but Mr. Plaster has been my greatest influence. I don’t think students, when they enter high school, expect to be changed by any teacher. Yet, I was affected by him. Not only because he cares about the subject he teaches, but more so for the fact that he genuinely cares about his students.
    When you were not in school or studying, what did you most enjoy doing?
    I am known for being extremely obsessive about a certain NBA player. So if I wasn’t watching his highlight reels, then I would be playing basketball trying to mic him on the court.
    What college do you plan to attend and why?
    I became a QuestBridge Scholar when I was accepted to USC. The acceptance to USC included a very generous financial aid package that made it cheaper for me to attend USC than any of the in-state schools that I was accepted to. It’s also an opportunity for me to experience something new.
    What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
    I probably will be sitting in a high school classroom, hopefully with a view, and grading history papers. I still don’t know which state or country that view will be in, so that is exciting.

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