Antonio Soberanis - Illinois Nomination by Jennifer Mayares-Soberanis Photography by AJV Original Issue 69 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Antonio Soberanis has been a National Honor Society recipient two years in a row, GPA of 4.0 this school year, active in his community by volunteering for DEA Drug Take Back days in the Spring and Fall in conjunction with Moline PD, and has shown a true dedication in supporting our youth in the community by becoming a member and volunteering in the Quad Cities Youth Conference. He continues to help at the church pantries whenever possible. He is respectful and responsible in every sense of the word and looking forward to starting his college journey majoring in Computer Science!
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What do you love most about being in the NHS? The one thing I love the most about being in the NHS is meeting many amazing people who are talented, smart, and eager for the next chapter in their life. They’re very inspiring and wonderful people! Another thing I love about being in the NHS is the fun activities we get to do, whilst helping the community out at the same time.
What service project within the NHS has been most rewarding for you? A service project within the NHS that was the most rewarding for me and the rest of us NHS members was the Empty Bowls event that took place at our high school. Empty Bowls is an event that takes place annually at Moline High School and its main focus is to raise money for local food banks and soup kitchens. This event was rewarding to us because we were able to reach over $1,500+ during it!
What leadership opportunities have you had within these organizations? One leadership opportunity that I’ve had was in the NHS during the holiday season. We were tasked with decorating the school with holiday decorations and for the upcoming ShareJoys holiday event. Most of us got sent throughout the school as groups. I ended up being the leader for my group that day. We took care of the problems and challenges we faced, and we got to make the school jolly while doing so!
What is your strongest leadership quality? My strongest leadership quality has got to be either Transparency or Active-Listening. It’s always a great idea to be transparent with those you’re working with and always hearing their inputs and thoughts on the matter. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!
What do you do specifically with DEA Drug Take Back days? During the DEA Drug Take Back days, people would do drive-by drop offs at our local police department to properly dispose of medications and/or drugs that they no longer need. During this event, my job is to direct traffic, restock the drop-off bin with bags, and collect medications to be placed in the drop-off bin. It’s a great event to volunteer at because I get to meet amazing people all the time!
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What is the Quad Cities Youth Conference and what have your roles and responsibilities been while volunteering there? The Quad Cities Youth Conference is an event that takes place every year and usually lasts two days, one day for middle schoolers and the other for high schoolers. The event is held to help inspire teens around the QC metro area by exposing them to different workshops by people who are highly dedicated to the job they do. When I volunteered at the conference in 2023, I was given the responsibility of being the guide, social media photographer, and video editor for the keynote speaker that day.
What have you learned about yourself helping with this conference? A thing that I did learn about myself while helping at the Quad Cities Youth Conference was that photography is something that now interests me. Before then, I didn’t really pay too much attention to photography or taking pictures. But now, I admire the work and effort professional photographers put into their work. I don’t know how to describe it, but being a social media photographer at the conference made something click in my mind, in a good way. Turns out, I like photography now!
What was your favorite class your senior year and what was the most interesting thing you learned? It’s difficult to say, all of the classes during my senior year at MHS were very interesting! But the one I found interesting the most has got to be Computer Programming 2. In class, we were given multiple projects to work on during the course. It was similar to a tier ranking, from an easy programming language to a more challenging one later on. I found it interesting because I’ve never been in a class with a structure like that, it’s very cool! And, when we finished our projects, we got to share it with other peers in the classroom!
What made you choose Computer Science? The thought of how computers work has always intrigued me. It seems simple on the surface but when you look into it, it’s another type of complex. I want to choose Computer Science as my career because I want to better understand how they work while also helping change the world with them. I also want to pursue Computer Science because programming video games is something I really love. Basically any type of programming for me is something that I want to continue on in my adulthood!
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What advice do you have for underclassmen? You choose your own future. Don’t let any outside factor change what you love to do. Take classes at your school that you know you’ll love. Just make sure to follow your dreams!
What are you most looking forward to doing at college - other than classes of course! Meeting new and amazing people in life, new opportunities, and just anything incredible! I’m mainly more excited about the possibility of learning more about computers at school. That’s the one big thing I’m looking forward to the most.
If you had nothing to do and all day to do it, where would we find you? I would be on my computer, programming small video games. It’s a hobby that I love to do during my free time. It’s like a digital puzzle because there’s always a challenge when it comes to programming a video game, like code not working or something not working as expected. But it’s always rewarding when you fix it! That’s what I would do during my free time.
What is up next for you that you are super excited about? A big thing that I’m super excited about that’s upcoming is college. It’s the first stepping stone into the real world and it’s exciting yet kind of scary at the same time. However, luckily, I’m mostly excited about it!
Look for Antonio in issue 69 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!