by Tiana Austel
As soon as Kyle Azcuna walked into the room he struck me with his sense of calm. Dressed in his trainer attire and tape on his knees Kyle exuded the aura of a hard-working, diligent young man who never gives up no matter what gets in his way.
Kyle is also a vital member of the class of 2011. He actively participates as the historian of the Spanish Club as well as the fundraising commissioner of Link Crew. He believes that the class of 2011 truly has huge academic potential, but “We just need to want the grades, we’re kind of lazy in that sense. We think that we cannot study, and just go in test day knowing a lot about the test.” However, if you really want to see Kyle in action, his involvement in the school sports as an athletic trainer demonstrates his true devotion to not only his school, but to his fellow friends and teammates.
As a athletic trainer for ESHS, Kyle participates in many different types of programs, assisting the team members during practices. From playing on the volleyball team (JV as a freshman and Varsity as a sophomore) he understands all the player’s needs and how to provide proper care. His duties include helping tape up the players when they get injured, stretching them out before games, giving out proper vitamins, and anything else that helps the players preform their best. Through training teams at ESHS Kyle has found his passion. He plans to pursue sports management or athletic training in college as a major with an emphasis on the medical aspect. His favorite aspect of being a team trainer is “seeing all of the athlete’s faces from the sideline and getting energy from both the crowd and the team.” Through seeing their faces he gets a satisfaction of a job well done.
When not cheering from the sidelines or preparing for a game, Kyle enjoys a colorful social life. He describes himself as “Someone who likes to have fun and likes to be random. Today I was meowing in Ms. Cvejic’s class and she was like ‘WHO’S MEOWING’ and I was like ‘I dunno.’ I always try to make everything fun when I’m doing stuff with my friends.’” He enjoys the little things in life like when he got one of the highest scores in the class and got a fortune cookie. Kyle’s energy is infectious and his laugh can light up a room. His down-to-earth personality makes him personable and easy to approach. Despite winning the Homecoming King crown, Kyle remains humble and sees himself as the normal high school boy.
When asked if he could take one item from his house before his house burned down Kyle enthusiastically replied “I’d take my dog Otis and run with him in my arms.” Another item that Kyle holds precious is his iPhone 4. He boasts that he never can be surprised because he “usually over-analyze situations and I can find out if they’re planning something. But I always try to act surprised.”
In his past Kyle used to be an intense gamer. He used to have his whole family from his father’s side over and raid in WoW. “I was a Dwarf Warrior in the alliance. Healing is for noobs.” Along with playing WoW Kyle also got swept up in the Pokemon phenomenon. “I always liked abra, because he doesn’t look like he does that much, but he can still do powerful attacks, like Psychic. I’ve always wanted to have telekinetic powers, and I thought Sabrina the gym leader was hot, in the mysterious kind of way.” He also used to brag to this friends that his “uncle in New York was the voice of Charmander in the first Pokemon movie.”
If he were ever to describe himself as a color Kyle would say “Emerald, like the deep green color of the ocean – It appeals to me, but I need to figure out why.” The stone Emerald represents hope, faith, justice, and unity. Also called the “Healing Stone” it seems perfect for Kyle who has a keen interest in the medical field.
Kyle Azcuna looks forward toward life after high school. With many goals in life, he especially wants to visit the Phillipines, in a fantastic journey of trial and conquest to unlock the secrets of his long-lost grandfather. He believes that after high school, there will come a time when he will seek more new opportunities in the times to come.