John Lourenso has worked hard these past four years, but he has also set aside time to enjoy himself and pursue his passions. The Huntington High School senior will soon reap his just rewards as he plans to study at Indiana University’s famed Kelley School of Business in Bloomington.
“Ever since I started my college hunt, Indiana has always been in my top three because it has a great business program as well as a great study abroad program,” Mr. Lourenso said. “There are also many social clubs and activities at Indiana that I can get involved in.”
Huntington High School senior John Lourenso
Mr. Lourenso has always been a top student and a leader among his classmates. As a 13 year old J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grader he participated in the six day Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC.
The teenager played football and baseball at Finley, but at the high school he has been a mainstay on the Blue Devil varsity golf team. He’s also a member of Huntington’s National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society chapters.
“My all-time favorite teacher would be Mrs. [Lauren] Desiderio because I like how she structured her global and psychology classes and made those classes interesting and enjoyable for me,” Mr. Lourenso said.
The senior has traveled internationally, including trips to Italy and Panama and a family ski trip to the French Alps. He’s always looking to broaden his horizons.
“If I could give any advice to an incoming freshman I would say to enjoy their time here at Huntington,” Mr. Lourenso said. “It’s a great place with really interesting people, so every once and a while I'd encourage the incoming freshmen to stop, look around and take it all in.”
Mr. Lourenso will be challenged at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, to be sure, but the teenager believes he’s ready. Hundreds of top US companies regularly recruit students at the school. Graduates enjoy an average annual starting salary of $63,000
Indiana University in Bloomington boasts 33,000 undergraduates and 43,000 students in all from 139 countries. Amazingly, 93 freshmen were the valedictorian of their graduating class.
“Huntington has provided me with amazing opportunities across the board academically and socially,” Mr. Lourenso said. “I have met some of the best people here at Huntington and am glad I have made lifelong friendships along the way.”