Coral Gables High senior Josue Guevara is very involved in extracurricular activities. He is a board member of Interact, a service club that does a variety of projects, including a Thanksgiving food drive that he led this year.
“We motivate. We tell kids, if you want to lend a hand, you can donate canned food. This year we did it for the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless. People donated over 500 cans,” Guevara said. “They made a big feast on Thanksgiving Day for the homeless.”
Interact members also work at the annual caroling competition in Coral Gables. They set up chairs for those attending the competition and they sell food, drinks and snacks to raise money. The fundraisers usually are fairly lucrative, earning $1,000 to $2,000, which is given to charity. In 2011 the money was donated to End Polio Now. The 2012 funds are being given to a group that is building a school in Honduras.
Guevara’s strong academics earned him a spot in the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School scholars.
“They recognize high school students of high academic performance,” he said.
Outside of school, Guevara is a drummer for his church, Centro Cristiano Maranatha.
“I play every Wednesday, and Sundays in the morning at 11 a.m.,” he said. “There are four of us.; There is the one that plays the piano, my brother, and two lead singers.”
The band plays evangelical music, gospel music and Christian music. The songs are sung in Spanish.
“I take part in administrating youth services. There are four of us. Sometimes I have to manage, and take charge and be the master of ceremonies,” he said.
In the fall, Guevara will begin college at Florida International University where he plans to major in accounting.
“I’m really into numbers. Numbers fascinated me,” he said. “Other people are scared of them. Accounting is adding, subtracting… there’s logic to it.”
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld