Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In ExcellenceRecent high school graduate Alan T. Caro hopes fellow classmates will remember him as the person they could go to with their problems.
The student-athlete, who graduated with a 3.81 grade-point average from Satanta High School, participated in football, basketball, Scholars Bowl, Future Farmers of America, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, choir, Relay for Life, and also participated in DISCO, a church group.
Caro also took first place this year in a statewide meat judging competition at Kansas State University and earned the title of state runner-up in Scholars Bowl.
Caro, who served as class president both his freshman and junior years, said his most memorable moment from high school is when he was called up at an awards ceremony to receive a medal for state land judging and people from other participating schools started chanting "Tiger Woods."
"In FFA, there are different competitions, such as crop judging and land judging. (In land judging), you're pretty much surveying the land to determine whether it's an area you can build a house or (keep) a pasture. It depends on the type of soil and depth of the water table," he said. "I'm Asian-looking, (and) we would get first in a lot of events, so they knew me as Tiger Woods. It was hilarious."
Caro, who has attended Satanta schools all his life, said in his free time he likes to do research, admire landscapes and make memories with his friends.
"They help educate me in certain ways and teach me valuable lessons," Caro wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram.
The Satanta graduate also leads a pretty active lifestyle.
"I'll do anything to get my blood pumping," he said in an interview.
His favorite class in high school was ag mechanics, a class he took his freshman year and where he learned how to weld, among other skills.
As far as his education goals after high school, Caro said he will be attending Garden City Community College for a year and would like to transfer to Texas Tech University for his remaining college education. The graduate has plans to major in either architecture or a field involving human behaviors.
"I've always had a passion for architecture, but I also enjoy psychology," he said in a separate interview. "I just haven't decided yet."
For the schoolmates he's leaving behind in Satanta, Caro also has a piece of advice.
"Already start thinking about what you want to do after high school," he wrote. "Then take the necessary steps in achieving it."
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