Dominic De Castro, RCS c/o ’21
Using His Leadership Skills to Lead the Junior Class
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS for our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS students and see what God has been doing in their lives and what they believe God is calling them toward their future. Dr. Hearne recently interviewed Dominic De Castro, a three-season athlete, member of the Navajo Missions Team, and 2019-20 Junior Class President.
This month’s theme verse is Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside very weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Dr. Hearne asked Dominic to share what these verses mean.
Dominic shared, “There is a spiritual race that we are running in and the devil puts in distractions to hinder us from finishing the race. As a teenager going through high school, there are many temptations that can pull me away from God’s path. However, as this verse says, we must run with endurance and always looking at Jesus who can help us finish the race and ignore all the distractions that the devil tries to put at us. For Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and that is why we can finish the race set before us. ”
Dr. Hearne: What grade are you in and how long have you been at RCS?
Dominic: I am currently in 11th grade and I’ve been at RCS for 5 years.
Dr. Hearne: Why did you run for Class President?
Dominic: I ran for Class President because I have a heart for serving others. I wanted to be the leader of my class, but at the same time, I wanted to serve my classmates. I love and respect everyone in my class and I wanted to also step up as a leader. I wanted to be a great example of service towards others. Our class has been going to socials and growing closer together we just recently went and served our community in the Alameda Food bank. I couldn’t have done it all without our hardworking Junior Class Council and our loving advisor, Mrs. Cherry.
Dr. Hearne: List the gifts God has given you and explain how you have used them.
Dominic: I am so blessed with the talents God has given me. He’s given me athletic, musical, and leadership abilities. I’ve played sports of all three seasons: basketball, soccer, track, and volleyball. I was appointed team captain for our varsity basketball team among my teammates, and this year our team went to NCS. Before every game, I always take time to pray to God and tell Him that this game is for You. It ultimately is my goal to play for God and with these athletic talents, I hope to show Christ in me to others when I play. I played the piano ever since I was little and I loved it. I played at my church and or school events. Over the summers, I volunteered at nursing homes and played Christian hymns and other songs for the elderly. It’s always better to give than to receive, and with the talents God gave to me, I wanted to give them back to Him by doing these works and ministries for Him.
Dr. Hearne: Describe your favorite part about school outside of the classroom.
Dominic: My favorite part is the social aspect, sports, and teachers of the school. I don’t think we can find any more loving and caring teachers than those at Redwood. I say this because they actually care about how I am doing. Then after school is over, I look forward to playing the sports I love. Practicing every day and competing in games are my favorite things outside of the classroom. The intensity and the loudness inside the gym when there’s a home game is something I love and enjoy. I am also very sociable and love spending time with friends. Whether that is during break, lunch, or after school. I also enjoy our class and how much we competed to win first place during Spirit Week. All in all, these are my favorite parts about school outside of class.
Dr. Hearne: Share your favorite RCS memory?
Dominic: There are so many fun and amazing memories I’ve had at RCS. However, one of them is probably our 1st round of NCS at Cloverdale High. I say that because this basketball game was definitely so intense. I remember hearing stories of past teams going there and that they were mistreated by the fans and players. So going there we knew what we were going to expect. The whole game was definitely a battle, and as a competitor I wanted to win. I remember everyone in the gym was crazy and the opposing fans would taunt us. But the best feeling is when you just absolutely make the crowd go silent. It was a crazy game, one with lots of physicality and competitiveness. When we won that game, I remember how crazy our team went, especially our coach. We all celebrated together and grew even closer as brothers. This is something that I’ll definitely carry with me after high school.
Dr. Hearne: What impact has the RCS faculty had on you?
Dominic: The RCS faculty is unlike any other, in my opinion. I say that because the teachers are all very caring. I don’t think there are any other teachers that would email you about your grades and will help you one on one. They ultimately want me to do my best. They’ve impacted me greatly by not only teaching me academics but teaching me about God. Most in particular, they’ve helped me grow and develop as a Christian. If I ever have a question to ask, I can go up to any of them and they will answer through God’s Word. This is something you won’t get at any other school.
Dr. Hearne: How would you describe RCS to someone who doesn’t know anything about the school?
Dominic: I would say that at RCS you will always be welcomed. The student body and the school faculty will open up their arms with love and kindness and will accept you. I was a new student, and I came during middle school. One thing I remember is that I was immediately welcomed and talked to. In a week, I felt like I was a part of a family. I would also include that the teachers don’t just stop at teaching the subject, but continue on about the bigger picture of our lives.
Dr. Hearne: What do you plan to do after high school?
Dominic: After high school, I plan on going to the Air Force Academy. From there I plan to become a pilot and/or major in engineering and serve in the Air Force and travel the world. While traveling to different countries, I will share the gospel to those who don’t know it and ultimately be a light in the darkness.