Jaeson Garcia is the son of Janell and Tony Garcia. He was born November 22, 2001 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Classes he took this year were Biology II, Native American Studies, 12th Grade Literature, Government, Personal Finance, Human Development, and Nutrition & Wellness. While in high school, he participated in Basketball, Track, Football, Chorus, and Band. In Jaeson’s spare time he likes to play basketball and video games. His favorite childhood memories included swimming, cookouts, snow days, and sports. Jaeson greatest strength is his humor, while his greatest weakness is sarcasm. He wants to be remembered for being happy and the most interesting aspect of Jaeson is he can rarely be found in a bad mood. The accomplishments Jaeson is most proud of is winning the I-90 Baseball League Championship. He was #1 for both A & B Divisions combined for the year in rebounds, was 3rd for all 3 Divisions, and was #3 for blocked shots. Jaeson was also player of the game several times on Max Preps, and was selected to participate in the East West Shoot Out & the Oglala Lakota All Star game in Pine Ridge. He also scored well enough on his ACT’s & Smarter Balance Tests, so he was automatically accepted into any state school. Jaeson’s favorite movie is 42 and favorite song and/or musical group is Don’t Worry Be Happy. His favorite class was Mrs. Fink’s 5th grade class because she always had the best stories. Jaeson said his dad influenced/inspired him the most because he showed him how to work hard. The most memorable moment at school for Jaeson was meeting Billy Mills for the first time, while his most embarrassing moment was when his mom subbed for one of his teachers. The one thing he will miss most about high school will be all the laughs. Jaeson said that high school was not what he expected and he is happy that it was more. If he could start high school over, he would laugh even more! If someone asked one of Jaeson’s teachers to describe him, they would say he was always talking and never doing homework, while his friends would say that he is goofy. His goals for the future is the American Dream and plans to achieve his goals by working hard. Jaeson also joined the Army National Guard and completed basic training at 17. He is now active duty and will be attending AIT this summer and college at Black Hills State University in the fall.
Congratulations Jaeson on your graduation & best wishes!
Photo courtesy of Denelle Dvorak