Playing sports at Serra taught Benito Valle-Jhanda ‘20 more than just skill and sportsmanship.
His two years playing football as a freshman and sophomore coupled with four years of baseball highlighted for him, “the memories created through sports and the comradery that comes with being a part of a team and competing for one goal.”
“I’d like to thank all my brothers who were on this journey with me. All of them have played a special role in my high school experience,” he said.
Benito plans to begin his college career at Skyline and hopes to study business.
His greatest accomplishment to date, he said, is “getting an opportunity to go to college and play a sport.” In 10 years, he said he envisions himself living in Miami and playing pro baseball.
Benito looks at his high school experience and is grateful for the friends he has made and the experiences he has had at Serra.
“The past four years have helped me grow with all the friendships I have made, as well as all the ups and downs I've gone through,” Benito said. “I have learned that I am never alone and also to make sure my friends and family feel they aren't alone either.”
Benito said he is grateful to his parents, coaches and teachers, including Mr. Taylor.
“His class was always more about getting us ready for the rest of high school than assigning work and being too hard on us. I also saw him before every baseball game and talked to him then,” he said. “My coaches always pushed me to work harder and taught me life lessons that I won't forget.”
To his parents, “I'd like to thank my parents for all the sacrifices they made to get me through Serra and provide for my sister and I to live a healthy and blessed life.
Your future is bright, Benito! Congratulations and best of luck!