OUTSTANDING STUDENT:

Anthony Cataldi

Age: 18, Senior at Christian Home & Bible School

Anthony-Cataldi-OS_0614One of my life passions is racing. I started racing go-karts at age 10 and won state and national championships. I was the Florida Karting Association Junior Restricted Gold Champion in 2010. After go-karts, I began racing Legends cars. In 2012, I finished fourth in points out of 386 competitors throughout the country. I am now racing Super Late Models and competing against the children of NASCAR drivers. It is difficult to compete against them because they have so many resources.

I have competed in 15 Super Late Model races. My best race was at Showtime Speedway in Clearwater, where I finished in second place and won $1,500.

Since becoming a Super Late Model driver, I have competed in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Most Super Late Model races are 100 laps.

My favorite track is New Smyrna Speedway because it is fast and close to home.

I typically spend 25 hours a week performing maintenance of my racecar. That includes changing oil, working on shocks, and servicing ball joints.

I juggle racing and academics very carefully. School always comes first. When I arrive home from school, I make sure my homework is finished before I start working on my racecar.

I will be attending Stetson University next fall. I plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, I plan on owning my own business, although I’m not sure exactly what that business will be.

During college, I will continue racing. However, I will not race nearly as much as I have been.

I have dreamed about being a NASCAR driver, but I don’t think it is realistic. Maybe I’ll do something smaller, like the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

My parents are the reason I have been successful in racing and school. They’ve always taught me to work hard for anything I have.

My favorite subject is math. I love working with numbers. English? Not so much.

VITAL STATS:
Case in point: Anthony maintains a 4.2 grade-point average.
Give him some credit: Anthony has already earned 15 college credits at Lake-Sumter State College (two English courses, two math courses, and an elective).

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