Q&A with DHS Class of 2018 alumnus Lorenzo Garcia.
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Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Dalton. It truly is a beautiful town to grow up in.
Elementary School: Park Creek
What were you involved in at DHS: I have been involved in FBLA, Beta club, French club, SkillsUSA, Key club, student council, National Honor Society, cross country, track and field, and the Buddy Program.
High School highlights, achievements and awards: In 2016, I qualified (along with the girls and boys varsity teams) for state for cross country. Awards: Scholar Athlete, Georgia Certificate of Merit, Career Tech Honor Society, Young Georgia Authors winner (10th and 12th grades), FBLA Future and Business levels awards.
Plans After Graduation: I will be attending the University of Georgia this fall and normally babysit during the summer.
What do you plan to Major in? International Business
I chose to go to college because it is essentially a tool in my tool box that will help me fulfill my goals. Accordingly, I have chosen one of the best tools – UGA. Education is crucial and always needed.
What did you enjoy most at DHS?
I enjoyed getting to participate in several clubs because I was able to meet several students and build connections. I also enjoyed getting in the spirit and setting up for Homecoming every year with my class.
Favorite teacher and why?
Dr. Kathleen Lanford because ever since I have met her, she has always been there to help me in my school work. Also, I can always go to her when I am having personal problems. She does so much for students that I can see her passion as she teaches.
Favorite subject or class: My favorite has always been math. I love learning it.
What has been your great accomplishment? The summer going into freshman year, I tried out for volleyball. The day of try outs, I didn't make the team. Within the next hours, I decided to do a different sport. It was through this sport, cross country, that gave me and offered me so much more than what volleyball would have. I am extremely happy to have been in cross country.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Breaking through the norms of my culture was my greatest challenge.
The one thing I'm most proud of is.... Being involved in all the extracurricular activities that I have done because it has allowed me to put myself out there.
Who will you miss most at Dalton High? The cross country team of 2017 because we were really close.
I would describe myself as most studious at DHS.
Something people know me for is... being selfless, punctual, caring, outgoing and self-motivated.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love volunteering out in the community. I enjoy so much being involved with my church youth group ministry. I love hanging out with my family and friends. My favorite thing is to run and to exercise, such as going on hikes and exploring Earth's beautiful nature.
Person who has influenced your life the most and why? My parents together have greatly influenced my life. They left Mexico and started a whole different life over here than what they were used to, yet it was all for a better future for our family. I admire that a lot.
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? I would stop trying. Failure teaches us so much. Without it, we wouldn't be able to truly appreciate what we have nor will we know we should keep our heads up when we don't succeed.
If money was not a consideration, what would you do? I would go to any of the ivy league schools and help certain charity organizations.
My favorite memory at DHS is.... Preparing for Homecoming Week, dressing up and competing with the other grade levels.
In 5 years, I hope I... will have completed my master degree with a job that is firm and successful! I hope to have my own house, as well.