Stark State College Teen of the Month: Nestor Nshimiye, Hoover
NAME – Nestor Nshimiye
RESIDENCE – uniontown
AGE – 18
THE SCHOOL – Hoover High School
COLLEGE CHOICE – duke university
PARENT – Chantal and Eric Nshimiye
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS – Competitive, resourceful, ambitious.
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES – Leadership Club Youth Staff, Student Council Executive, French Club Officer, National Honor Society, President’s Council, Soccer, Athletics, Teen Board, Link Crew, TSA Teams, Robotics.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES – UMC Soup Kitchen, NEOMED Virology Research, St. Paul Altar Server, Vacation Bible School Volunteer, USSF Football Referee, Recreational Indoor Football.
HONORS AND AWARDS – Seal of Biliteracy in French, National African American Recognition Program winner, First Team All-County, First Team All-Federal League, summa cum laude, two-time Hoover Soccer Defender of the Year, AP Scholar with Distinction, seven once varsity letterman (football and track), second team All-District.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL? – I enjoy playing soccer and basketball, spending time with my family and friends, and going to the gym.
FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL MEMORY? – I loved being part of the Hoover football program, not only because of the fun and competitive games, but also because of the great coaches, mentors and friends I got to learn from. Being able to perform under the lights in front of my parents and my peers made for a really special feeling.
MOST PEOPLE WILL BE SURPRISED TO KNOW… – …I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for two years.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR A CAREER? – I plan to become a doctor-researcher in molecular biology, specifically studying regenerative medicine and working with stem cells.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE ADOLESCENTS FACE TODAY? – Complacency, especially in older adolescents. There is a growing lack of motivation. We want quick results instead of valuing the demands of success at work. It’s just about understanding that the work done today will go a long way in the future. Our existence is simply about living, instead of relentlessly pursuing to find our true purpose in life and reach our full potential. Instead, we enter adulthood aimlessly, without vision. Without vision, we force ourselves to settle for much less, thereby depleting our sense of self-worth.
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