Daniel Garcia ‘18 is a success story powered by a determination regardless of desire or destiny, a positive attitude entwined with a relentless ethic rooted in a foundation on values, caring for others, inspiring all to be their best.
When presented with the 2018 Principal’s Service and Leadership Award, the honor reflected Garcia’s significant academic resume, his deeply influential role as Student Council president and his valued participation within Eagle Athletics – the quintessential model among the St. Thomas student community as an apostle of the Basilan credo Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.
“In terms of leadership, I always wanted to put myself out there, to learn and grow into what it means to be a leader,” Garcia says. “I wasn’t convinced I had reached that level but this award confirms that I’m moving forward to where I hope to be.”
In the fall Garcia joins another large St. Thomas contingent attending Texas A&M University. He was recognized in equal measure for his scholarly achievement, exceptional contributions to the student community and noteworthy leadership demonstrated in one or more activities.
Assistant Principal Mary Criaco described Garcia as “a hard-working and well organized young man who brought creative and strategic ideas when presenting student issues to the Dean’s office. He also took the responsibility for implementing his ideas rather than simply relying on others. He was a joyful young man who is always seen with a smile and great outlook about his school and his life.”