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A Step Above: Miguel Garcia

Southeast Career & Technical Academy
Class of 2014
G.P.A.: 4.7

Science continues to inform us that a deep sense of gratitude and thoughtful understanding of how those around us can affect our lives may be one of the key foundations to a lifetime of success and, more importantly, happiness. It’s a mindset many are constantly working to build. For Miguel Garcia, graciousness and humility came with the package. A senior at Southeast Career and Technical Academy, Miguel excels in sports and academics, but it’s his natural inclination to construct deep, human connections that really sets him apart. His presence of mind and understanding of the world around him place him – A Step Above.  

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  • Las Vegas Track Club, 2008-2014; Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014
  • Varsity Cross Country 2010-2014; Captain, 2012-2014
  • Varsity Volleyball 2011-2014; Captain 2012-2014
  • Four Time State Qualifier Cross Country, 2010-2014
  • Scholar Athlete Cross Country and Volleyball, 2011-2014
  • Team Cross Country Division & Region Champions D1A, 2012-2014
  • Volleyball Academic State Champion, 2012-2013
  • Volleyball Nevada D1A State Champion, 2012-2013
  • Nevada D1A First Team Volleyball, 2012-2013
  • Team Cross Country State Runner up D1A, 2012-2013


Clubs/Community Service

  • Student Organization of Latinos, 2010-2014
  • National Honor Society, 2012-2014
  • Color Run, 2014
  • Hit and Run 5k, 2014
  • Black Light Run 5k, 2014
  • Civic Engagement Las Vegas Rescue Mission
  • School Beautification Volunteer
  • Haunted House Volunteer
  • Cashman Middle School Volunteer Judge


First State, Then The World? “As of now, one of my short term goals is to win another state championship for my school and graduate with an advanced honors diploma. My long-term goal is to continue my education and get my Associate Degree in Pre-Med. Ten years from now I see myself at a hospital, assisting in surgeries and founding programs to help give back to my community.”

Winning State Championships is a big deal! “I am most proud of winning the D1A Volleyball State Championship. Not only was this proof that hard work and determination pays off, but it also brought pride to our school and was the first volleyball state championship ever. In fact, this is one of my greatest accomplishments.”

You’ve dealt with tough loss in a really inspiring way: “Over the year I had close people pass away. My former Coach passed away this summer and she had a huge influence on my volleyball career. She made me believe in not only myself, but my team as well. In January, I lost my AP Calculus teacher, Mrs. Bzinak. She was one of my favorite teachers and had a great influence on my academic career. After hearing the news, I was devastated with both losses and I felt as if those who have impacted my life in a positive way were slowly passing away. I overcame these challenges by changing my perspective on life and continuing to bring honor to their legacy. In fact, the views they had on life, I have implemented into mine.”

You also find inspiration through your parents? “I look up to my parents; not only do they support me in everything I do, but they are extremely hardworking and want the very best for me. Growing up they didn’t have much, but through hard work they managed to get by and now give me the life they always wanted. I am extremely grateful and words can’t describe how lucky I am to have them.”

Favorite Quote to Live By: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” –Steve Prefontaine 

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