Student Profile: David Perez, Dakota Ridge High School

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By The Staff

Major activities, accomplishments

David Perez consistently leaves a positive legacy and makes those around him better individuals. Other than dedicating multiple hours to completing homework assignments for his challenging courses, David’s major activities revolve around his student outreach work. This year, he is president of Students Teaching About Relationships and Success, or STARS. This group of high school students mentors middle school and high school students on making healthy choices. He joins about 20 other high school STARS mentors each week at Ken Caryl Middle School teaching lessons and facilitating small-group discussions talking about life and staying on the right track via healthy decisions. David became involved in STARS his freshman year following a recommendation from one of his teachers, a Waterstone Community Church member, for attendance at the national STARS conference at Colorado State University. He has attended this conference every year since then and was proud to announce that more than 500 students attended this year. David has gained the respect of his peers and STARS organizers, as recently demonstrated by his being named STARS Local and National Mentor of the Year. Supplementing his work with STARS is his involvement with the Praise Church Youth Group, where he meets weekly with other middle and high school students for conversations about making healthy choices.

What does it mean to be a Dakota Ridge Eagle?

David believes that being a Dakota Ridge Eagle means he needs to lead through his core values of balancing hard work, enjoying friendships and always leaving a positive impact on those he interacts with on a daily basis. He is very involved with a club called BASIC — Brothers and Sisters in Christ — whose main goal is to help one another remain strong and focused on Christ by making choices that lead to positive growth as individuals.

Goals and view five years from now:

Recently, David learned he was a candidate for a Boettcher Scholarship. The Boettcher Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship available to graduating high school seniors in Colorado. Begun in 1952 by Claude Boettcher, the Boettcher Scholarship was initially modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship program. The purpose of the Boettcher Scholarship is to attract Colorado's best and brightest students to attend college in the state. The Boettcher Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees and books for eight semesters/12 quarters at any of Colorado's four-year universities or colleges. David looks forward to attending and graduating from Colorado Christian University, as he would be the first in his family to achieve such an accomplishment. He plans to major in youth ministry and communications and minor in Spanish. In five years, he sees himself impacting the community around him by positively engaging with and supporting individuals in the community.

He credits his personal strengths in his ability to get the job done, his self-determination, his faith in Christ, and his absolute passion for achieving his great potential as the influencing factors that have helped him overcome any and all obstacles. The four words he uses to describe himself are: loving, strong, confident and humble.