Tilghman teen intent on medical career
In the fall, he'll begin pre-med studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
What makes dos Remedios stand out, however, isn't just his list of achievements. It's his humility and good nature.
As Susan Hancock, his teacher and adviser for the Tilghman Bell and mock trial team, put it, "Despite his many accolades and awards, Roberto is not impressed with himself. ... He is the epitome of the multi-talented person, succeeding in many areas and blessed with an engaging humility about his successes."
Dos Remedios, son of Julie and Roberto dos Remedios of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. Each Monday, The Sun features a student selected from nominees submitted by high school counselors in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. This spring a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners and receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Dos Remedios isn't just a good student, he's an involved one. He's been on Academic Team since elementary school and loves it -- it's basically a sport for your brain, he said.
He's features editor for the school paper, president of the Tilghman choir and co-founder of his church's youth outreach committee, helping connect his peers with volunteer opportunities in the community. He plays piano for fun and is a graduate of the highly competitive Governor's School for the Arts summer program.
Every year in high school it seems like he's added more to his plate, he said, but he's happy he has. He can't imagine not being busy.
"I just feel this need to keep going," he said. "I've always thought, if I wasn't doing these things, I'd just be sitting, doing nothing. Which is sometimes great, sure. But I like doing all these different things. I've gotten to a point where I have to be doing something productive, always.
"And everyone else at this school, their motivation motivates me," dos Remedios continued. "Whenever I see my friends working toward a goal, it makes me want to work toward something, too."
His parents have given dos Remedios and his three younger brothers a lot to strive for, he said. They've always made a point of being involved in their education, giving them extra work outside of school to keep them challenged and learning.
He credits his dad with his love of math. Growing up, his dad made math fun, like a game. He has fond memories of long car rides when his dad would give him and his brother word problems to solve, or math challenges to conquer.
His dad is definitely his biggest role model, dos Remedios said. If he models himself after him, he knows he'll do well in life.
"He's my father and one of my best friends. He's just a good dad. He always tells us, no matter what we do in life, just be a good person. That's his motto he's shared with us. And I think that's the best way to be."