The Serra tradition that Antonio Balestrino finds most valuable is the Padre brotherhood. “It is the way that the Serra brotherhood is always there for one another,” he said. “Whether in the classroom or on the field, we are all fighting for each other.”
Antonio is off to San Diego State University this fall, where he plans to study computer engineering. This stands as his greatest accomplishment, he said. In the next decade, he said you’ll probably find him working for a tech company.
A member of the freshman, JV and varsity baseball team all four years at Serra, Antonio was also a member of the Bowling Club and the National Honor Society.
He said of all his favorite high school memories, the road trips with his team stand out. “I will always remember the bus rides after we had just got a road win and everyone was happy and messing around the whole way back,” Antonio said.
He will also always remember Mr. Goyette’s class. “Mr. Goyette’s AP Government class was my favorite. He became a friend to a lot of the students and we all looked forward to his class every A day.”
Antonio feels prepared to tackle the rigors of college, because of the man he has grown to be.
“Serra has taught me how to be a true man,” he said. “I have learned that it is important to stand up for what I think is right and not stand for injustices in the world.”
To his supportive family, Antonio said he is so grateful for the opportunity they provided for him to attend Serra.
“Thank you for allowing me to attend Serra these last four years. This experience has been one of the best of my life and wouldn’t change it for anything. I love you guys!”
Congratulations on the huge accomplishment of getting into San Diego State! We are so happy for you! All the best in your bright future!