Michael has been at Shorecrest for the majority of his life. “My earliest Shorecrest memory was in Alpha. Even though this is weirdly specific, I remember making chocolate pudding with oreos and gummy worms and calling it ‘worms in dirt,’” Michael shares.
Over those 15 years, he appreciates the connections he’s made with his teachers, acknowledging Mrs. [Anne Michelle] Frey as the most influential of the bunch. “Since I moved up a year in math, I’ve had her as a math teacher in 7th grade, 8th grade, 10th grade and as an econ teacher in 12th grade. She was also my advisor in 8th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade, so I’ve spent more time with her than any other teacher.”
A talented musician, Michael has a passion for music, playing the drums, guitar and piano. He combines his musical prowess with his academic ones, merging his understanding of physics and music theory to build and restore old guitars.
Michael also combines his passion for music with his desire to serve his community. During the COVID shutdown in 2020, Michael converted an attic in his family’s home into a music studio so he would be able to compose and record his own songs. He even created short music videos to send to elderly homes in the Tampa Bay Area. He shares his time volunteering with organizations like Feeding Tampa Bay, The Kind Mouse and Tampa Bay Watch, winning him the 2021 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, a top community award given to a student who dedicates themselves to service in their community.
Rounding out his Shorecrest experience, Michael is a committed member of the Chargers Track & Field team and qualified for the State Meet his senior year, setting a personal record in Pole Vaulting of 12’10” and placing 8th in the State. Participating in athletics was a stress reliever and source of balance for Michael. He recalls, “My favorite Shorecrest memory is going to Pole Vault practice after school. I would always be thinking about it during class, and even when I had a bad day, I always had something to look forward to.”
Michael will matriculate to the University of Notre Dame where he intends to study physics.