Senior Spotlight- Hariom Patel

Senior Spotlight- Hariom Patel

Subtain Ali

Did you have any goals coming into high school? If so, did you accomplish them?

Yes, my goals were to be the best student that I could be and as a student athlete do my best. I did accomplish these goals and I learned a lot of important lessons from my experiences.

What was your reaction when we went into lockdown? What did you think was going to happen?

I was surprised and I had no idea what was going on because we had never been in such a situation before, I wasn’t sure what to expect either.

How did the pandemic affect you physically and mentally?

Physically, I think it impacted me in a positive way because I had plenty of spare time to get active and get outside, mentally I was stressed out due to the way that covid changed our lives because of all of the restrictions.

You run track, how has that impacted your life? What are your favorite events to do?

Track has been a big part of my life, it is like an escape from my obligations in life. I primarily run distance, I run the 800m and the 200m.

You also played basketball when you were younger, what made you transition from basketball to track?

Obviously running is a big part of basketball, it was a new experience for me where I found what I actually am passionate about and I learned a lot of new things from track.

What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming freshmen?

I would tell them to not care about what others think, and set goals for yourself that you can accomplish regardless of what others say.

Do you know what you plan to do after high school?

Yes, I plan on going to college and getting a bachelors degree first then a masters degree.

In 10 years, where do you want to be?

In ten years, I would like to be a successful entrepreneur where I am in charge of my own company.

Have any teachers stood out to you and impacted your life in a positive way while here?

Yes, two teachers, Mr. McFadden and Mr. Heeney. Mr. McFadden was a great teacher for me and he is an incredible great person overall, and Mr. Heeney has been the best track coach I could’ve asked for, he has made me a better person on and off the track.