Senior Joseph Garzia has had a busy four years. From Interact Club, to band, to three different sports, Garzia’s time in high school has been filled with variety.
“Just be ambitious,” Garzia advised. “Just go for whatever you want to do.”
Garzia plans to follow his own advice, as he will attend the University of Pittsburgh next year to major in biology, after which he hopes to attend medical school.
“I’ve always wanted to do orthopedics. Especially playing sports, you see a lot of sports-related injuries. I’ve always idolized the people who help athletes who have injuries,” Garzia said.
Garzia played soccer, baseball and football during his time at Webster Groves High School. He played soccer and baseball for his first three years and joined the football team senior year as the Varsity kicker.
“I actually just started during the pandemic,” Garzia said of his decision to play football. “During lockdown, I would just kick field goals just for fun. I sort of realized that I was kinda good at it, and I really enjoyed doing it, so I decided that it might be fun to kick.”
In addition to sports, Garzia also spent time helping the community as a member of Interact Club.
“I originally joined because my sister was the president, but I really enjoyed it freshman year, just being able to go out and do something good for the community,” Garzia said. “I decided to stay in it all four years, and it’s just super fun. It’s a great opportunity to better the community and have a lot of fun doing it too.”
An alum of Edgar Road Elementary, Steger and Hixson, Garzia has spent considerable time in the Webster Groves School District.
“I think that Webster is sort of like a family where people are pretty close,” Garzia said.
Garzia hopes that the next generation of Webster students can do their best to pursue diverse opportunities.
“Don’t be worried about whether you fail or succeed because I know a fear of failure held me back from a lot of things,” Garzia said.
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