Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
Posted on 05/15/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Mario Jimenez
Senior Mario Jimenez, Jr. 

SIBLEY SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: MARIO JIMENEZ, JR.
Son of Dora De la Torre and Mario Jimenez, from West St. Paul 

Throughout his time at Henry Sibley High School, Mario Jimenez Jr. has participated in the fine arts in one form or another. As a musician, Mario contributed to the Henry Sibley marching band in grades 8-11 and the winter drumline in grades 9 and 10. During his junior and senior years, Mario assisted the Henry Sibley drama club as the head of the build crew, designing the interchangeable set pieces for productions such as this spring’s show, Guys and Dolls.

Mario’s zeal for the fine arts extends beyond his activities at Sibley. For the past seven years, Mario has dedicated his time outside of school to the art of Mexican folkloric dance through the group México Lindo. His mother, Dora, was a founding member of the group in 1999, and after several years of watching the performances, Mario decided to join the group himself.

“I have enjoyed every bit of it. I have learned to value my heritage and be proud of my family’s origins,” Mario said. “I also learned how to work with others and the value of teamwork.”

In addition to his co-curricular pursuits, Mario has also taken several advanced courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Physics, AP Statistics, and both College-in-the-Schools French courses through the University of Minnesota. In addition, he has take Principles of Engineering through Henry Sibley’s Project Lead the Way program.

In the fall, Mario will attend North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.

“Taking an engineering course at Sibley definitely helped me to fully decide on that major, but being in drama made me love the concept of building and creating structures that are of great use,” Mario said.

Mario previously attended Moreland Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Mario: I believe that Sibley has prepared me for the future because I was surrounded by many teachers that constantly pushed me and helped me succeed. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
My favorite by far is my French teacher, Mr. (Jason) Laux. Since day one of my freshman year, Mr. Laux has made French class fun and exciting, but still educational. His great sense of humor and passion towards French has definitely helped me learn and enjoy the language. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
Going to London and France in the spring of 2014 with the French class is by far my favorite high school memory. Being overseas for 10 days with your friends and being able to see and speak the language you've been studying in its native homeland is definitely an experience worth taking. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Always try new things that are outside of your comfort zone because chances are that those experiences will be your favorite memories. Also, never stop trying to succeed because at the end of the day it will all be worth it. 

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
My time at Sibley was great! I loved the fact that there are so many clubs and extracurricular activities to choose from.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Menssen, Wilton, Rocke and Krisko recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke