When Thomas Barrett heads off to the Hawaiian Islands to study business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he will pack with him a suitcase full of Serra memories. From his crowning as the senior pie eating champion to his years throwing discus and shotput and his championship battles on the Serra football field, Thomas holds his high school memories dear to his heart.
“Serra has taught me everything, including how to be a caring friend, a hard worker in the classroom and on the field, to be an hour early for everything, and how to put on 45 pounds for a football season and then shed it in the spring,” he said. But it was the football state championships that really made its mark. “Going to the state championship with my Padre brothers in football and battling until the very end… I will hold that dearly as one of the best memories of my life.”
A member of the the French Club, ultimate frisbee and barbeque clubs, Thomas was a member of the varsity football team his junior and senior year and Track and Field for all four years. His favorite Serra tradition is the football program’s long lasting tradition of excellence and his life quote is from Neil Young, “It's better to burn out than to fade away.”
Thomas attributes much of his success to the unwavering support from his family.
“To Mom and Dad, Thank you for your endless sacrifices to put food on the table, clothes on my back, and making sure that I am at Serra at 7:55 a.m. every day ready to learn and become a better man.” He added, “Thank you Tara and Jack for being the best siblings I could ever ask for and never leaving my side. Thank you to all my extended family for asking me how Serra is going and what I will be studying in college at every single function and family event. I love you all!
Hats off to you, Thomas! University of Hawaii at Monoa is lucky to have you!