Photo by Juan Ibarra
Known for his contagious smile, dark sense of humor, and perseverance, Angel Torres came to Eastside because his dad had planned on it.
“I didn’t know how to feel,” Angel said. “My elementary and middle school were all white kids, so I didn’t know if it was the same.”
At first, he was surprised by all the other kids of color, and jumped into opportunities to get to know them. He took Drama as a freshman and Strength & Conditioning, which he continued until junior year. He tried many other electives and clubs throughout high school, including Refurbishing Club and Civil Engineering Club, and challenged himself with classes like AP Microeconomics.
Angel joined soccer in his junior year and made the varsity team, but couldn’t continue playing throughout senior year, because he tore his ACL.
“Angel is a really determined player,” said Soccer coach Steve O’Brien. “Not only was he really talented, but he wasn’t afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.”
He is also a highly respected friend.
“He has really changed since elementary school,” said senior Juan Ibarra. “I have really seen him mature, emotionally and just overall.”
Angel feels grateful to Eastside for helping him find his academic strength and develop skills like time management.
“Eastside is something that’s going to be part of me for the rest of my life,” Angel said.
Angel will be going to San Jose State University in the fall.