We recently asked you to nominate young leaders in North San Mateo County for Patch's "30 under 30" series recognizing young leaders.
We've been impressed by the talented and influential young people in our area, and now we bring you the first of our "30 under 30" profiles. We'll continue publishing them regularly until we hit 30, and we invite you to continue sending nominations of people who you feel should be honored. To nominate someone, send an email to email@example.com with the person's name, contact information and a short description of why they are a young leader.
Name: Nathan Madonich
Residence: San Bruno
School: South San Francisco High School
What was your favorite part of high school?
My favorite part of high school was probably being able to create close relationships with people like me and know that they will be my friends for the rest of my life.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think my greatest accomplishment was having the honor to participate in the Youth Government Day program in which I was able to learn more about our local government and participate in government-style activities and jobs, or receiving the AP Government Student of the Year.
What will you miss about high school?
I think I will miss the tight-knit feeling that you get from going to school everyday and seeing your friends and classmates, and sitting next to them all day. From here on out, nothing will be similar to that.
What are your plans for next year?
Next year I plan on attending Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio with a major in Environmental Studies. I will also be part of their cross country and track and field team.
What are you goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to gain experience in the environmental science field and either choose to take a more scientific path upon which I would gain further education in order to conduct my own studies or work in a lab. The other path would be to become an expert on environmental policy and either work as an advisor in the private sector or as a policy maker for the government.