Akron Beacon Journal Spotlights STVM Senior Josh Stecz

Mar 01, 2019

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School: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

Age: 18

Grade level: Senior

Grade Point Average: 4.0

College choice: Borromeo Seminary

Parents: Eric Stecz and Lori Stecz

School activities: Football, lacrosse captain, Kairos Leader, Marianist Life Leader, Peer Minister, Eucharistic Minister, altar server, Irish Athletes for Christ, Team America Rocketry Challenge captain, Ski Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Chinese Club

Community activities: Altar server, Eucharistic Minister

Honors and awards: Honor Roll, Merit Roll, Coach Fred Maligio Best Offensive Lineman, Academic Excellence in Honors Chinese

Describe yourself in three words: Caring, hardworking, loyal

What is your favorite high school memory? My favorite high school memory is all of the Kairos retreats I have been on. I have been on one and led two of them and they are the most eye-opening, intense, real experiences I have ever been a part of. Kairos has changed my life and is a big part of why I am going to the Seminary next year.

What’s your favorite class and why? My favorite class is AP Calculus because my teacher, Mr. Al-Niemi, somehow makes the most difficult work entertaining. Another reason for it being one of my favorite classes is because he shares his wisdom and knowledge to us on life topics that go far beyond the studies of mathematics.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school? I enjoy spending time outside of school by relaxing, spending time with my family, and hanging out with friends.

What’s on your playlist? I often say that my music range is from classic rock to metal so I listen to bands like Metallica and Pink Floyd.

What’s your favorite book? “All Quiet on the Western Front”

What is your ideal career? Either an engineer or priest

Most people would be surprised to know that I ... enjoy playing complicated board games

What’s the biggest issue facing teenagers today? I believe the biggest issue facing teenagers today is self-confidence. With all of these fake images of perfection on social media, teenagers often look down on themselves. I know too many amazing people who have a hard time looking at themselves and seeing their value and their worth.