WORTHINGTON — Worthington Excessive College senior Alex Mazariegos likes to become involved, and never simply in class however in church and locally too.
“I’ve all the time been an individual who’s open to something, getting concerned in something I can get into,” he mentioned.
As a post-secondary enrollment choice pupil, Mazariegos graduated from Minnesota West Neighborhood & Technical Faculty with an affiliate’s diploma in enterprise administration final week, and can graduate from WHS subsequent week.
Within the fall, he’ll head to Southwest Minnesota State College in Marshall, the place he intends to double main in enterprise administration and advertising and marketing, with a focus in entrepreneurship.
He needs to start out a enterprise.
“I’m nonetheless brainstorming some concepts on what I need to do,” Mazariegos mentioned. “It’d be one thing regionally, one thing for my neighborhood to all the time give again to them.”
He plans to spend just a few years working after faculty whereas he develops his enterprise thought and maps out a plan for it.
Mazariegos has all the time been concerned in his neighborhood, and he’s good at staying organized and scheduling out his time. That’s been nearly a necessity given the variety of actions he’s participated in through the years.
Take FFA, for instance, which Mazariegos has been part of all through highschool. He took an agriculture class in eighth grade and loved it, however didn’t assume an excessive amount of about it till some pals instructed him he ought to be part of them in FFA. At first he turned up for the month-to-month conferences, and the group talked about their many actions, had meals and performed video games.
He acquired concerned in judging dairy and this previous 12 months, judging dairy merchandise — a contest that features figuring out cheese samples and figuring out milk.
“To be sincere, I used to be by no means a cheese fan till I began that CDE (profession and management growth occasion),” Mazariegos mentioned, however now he favors mozzarella, colby and cheddar.
He’s additionally been the treasurer of the group for 2 years now.
Whereas his household has a farming background of their nation of origin, Guatemala, Mazariegos’ mother and father don’t farm right here. Herminio and Catalina Mazariegos have lived in Worthington for a few years, although, and Mazariegos is grateful for his or her assist.
“Having mother and father’ assist is all the time one of the best and that’s one of many causes I’ve been ready to take action lots of this stuff — having my mother and father have my again and assist me in all the things I do,” he mentioned. “My mother is all the time supportive and giving me recommendation, and my dad is all the time there for me.”
He mentioned his mother and father have additionally all the time pushed him to do higher, to maneuver ahead and get schooling.
Mazariegos is the second oldest within the household, and loves his siblings dearly. Humberto is the oldest. Christopher is a junior in highschool, and Hamilton is a sophomore. His sister, Miness, is in eighth grade, and the youngest within the household, Abel, is in sixth grade.
Mazariegos is concerned in an array of different actions out and in of faculty. He performs the violin within the orchestra at highschool, but in addition with the Worthington Space Symphony Orchestra.
He’s within the Nationwide Honor Society, which requires its members to volunteer at the very least 10 hours in a 12 months, however Mazariegos didn’t cease there. He volunteered greater than anybody within the chapter and spent 168 hours doing neighborhood service in a 12 months, serving to out on the Nobles County Honest with the FFA, working to arrange the stage on the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Pageant, aiding librarians with the kids’s applications on the Nobles County Library and serving to serve meals at occasions.
He’s not afraid to attempt new issues, both, and joined the tennis crew final 12 months.
Mazariegos can also be extensively concerned at his church, the Ample Life Tabernacle on Clary Avenue, the place he gives music but in addition does upkeep, ushering, given devotions, performs the piano and helps with the sound system.
“I love to do all of it… just about wherever they want me, that’s the place I assist out,” he mentioned. “I’m actually concerned with my church and I actually do get pleasure from that.”
He tremendously values his religion and the way in which it, too, has introduced him to the place he’s now.
Given his involvement in so many actions, teams and occasions, Mazariegos has developed various abilities and skills through the years, however there’s one factor he nonetheless has bother with.
“Saying no is among the hardest issues for me,” he mentioned. “… I’m studying to do this.”
His recommendation to college students coming into highschool is to attempt immediately relatively than ready.
“Don’t wait till you’re a sophomore or a junior, you’ll miss so many alternatives then,” he mentioned. “Be open to new concepts, be open to assembly new individuals. Encompass your self with good individuals. Encompass your self with constructive individuals.”
He emphasised that he has benefited considerably through the years from getting out of his consolation zone and attempting new issues.
“It’s been journey. I’ve discovered plenty of issues; attempting my greatest is what has introduced me right here,” he added. “The one factor I all the time needed to do was to do higher, be higher… I need to chase that, I need to go after that.”
He inspired others to become involved, too.
“I like giving again to my neighborhood. I like giving again, and sooner or later that’s one thing that I’ll proceed to do,” Mazariegos mentioned. “You can provide again…. That may make a very massive distinction. Small issues can result in massive issues.
“Giving again is part of who I’m and I’ll proceed to do this,” he added. “Wherever I’m going, wherever I find yourself, I’ll all the time give again and assist others.”
Those that need to hear extra from Mazariegos can tune in to the Worthington Excessive College commencement ceremony, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Might 27. Will probably be livestreamed, in addition to recorded and performed on WGTN-TV 3.
He accomplished the writing of his speech earlier this month.