Senior Spotlight: Gabe Segura
Senior Spotlight: Gabe Segura
Posted on 05/26/2017

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

Gabe Segure Senior PicGABE SEGURA
Son of Brad and Marnie Segura of Inver Grove Heights

If you ask Gabe Segura to describe a perfect day he will tell you he would spend it snowboarding in the mountains somewhere in the western United States. It could truly be any sport though, other favorites include golf and fishing, just so long as he is in the outdoors, being active.

That was one reason why Gabe chose to join the cross country team in 8th grade at Friendly Hills Middle School. Not only did it give him a chance to be outdoors, it gave Gabe an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his dad, who ran in high school, and his older sister, Kelly, a 2015 Henry Sibley graduate. Gabe’s younger sister, Olivia, is also a runner and a sophomore at Henry Sibley.

“It was hard at first,” said Gabe. “It was tough, but the reward is great when you are competing and can achieve your personal best.”

Over the years Gabe has continued to work at becoming a better runner and he eventually joined the Henry Sibley Track and Field Team his junior year. He says it has helped him become more competitive since he is training more months of year.

“The past two years I have really gotten into it,” said Gabe. “Training in the offseason has been really beneficial come the start of the [cross country] season. Instead of coming in and just starting to run, you’re coming in fit, and you’re ready to work on speed and sharpen.” 

 Segura snowboarding picture
 Gabe snowboarding at Giants Ridge. 

While on the cross country team, Gabe received an all-conference honorable mention in 2015 and was named all-conference in 2016. He also contributed to the team claiming the Metro East Conference Championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016. As a senior, Gabe was one of the cross country team captains.

Beyond running, Gabe was a member of the Henry Sibley Baseball Team in ninth and tenth grade. He was on the math team for four years and joined the table tennis team last year, as a junior. Other activities have included LINK Crew, National Honor Society and playing clarinet for three years in Henry Sibley’s band program.
 
“There are so many things that Sibley has to offer, weather it is sports, music or clubs,” said Gabe. “People do different combinations of everything. For me, it has been fun to try out different things. At Sibley you can do a little bit of everything.”

Even though Gabe stays busy in co-curricular activities, he remains focused on his academics in challenging courses such as AP Biology, U.S. History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Language and Composition and Physics Mechanics C. He has a cumulative 3.88 GPA.

Gabe will attend Bethel University this fall, where his sister, Kelly, is a student. He is currently undecided on his major, but he plans to run on the cross country and track teams at Bethel next year. 

Gabe with Sister Olivia in Arizona 
 Gabe with his sister Olivia in Arizona

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Gabe: I have been well prepared at Sibley with many challenging courses. I know college courses will be very difficult and there is no better way to prepare for that than to take hard classes in high school. Yes, college will be a lot different, but I am glad that I was able to establish good work habits and strong study skills while at Sibley.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject?
My favorite teacher at Sibley was Mr. Skov for Advanced World Literature my junior year. I was not sure if I wanted to take his class at first. I knew how challenging the class was, but I decided to go for it and I am glad I did. It was the most interesting class I have taken. I learned how to write and analyze different types of literature. Overall, Skov's class was very challenging for me, and I would have to go in often for help, but I am thankful because he helped me develop my writing skills and more importantly, my work ethic.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?

One memory I will always cherish is winning our conference this year for cross country. When I started running, I disliked it. Over time though, I have gotten faster and found a love for the sport. I have loved pushing myself and going after personal records in every race. Running at Sibley taught me the importance of hard work and dedication. This season, I had the privilege of racing along side six other guys and taking first place as a team at our conference meet. It was a very special moment to me, as we had all worked so hard to get there. I will never forget the guys and coaches that pushed me along the way.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
First, and most important, is to work hard all the way through your four years of high school. It can be very stressful, and classes can be hard, but in the end it will pay off. Receiving that acceptance letter you were waiting for, or winning a scholarship for your efforts will be worth all the hard work. You never know what is in store for you in the future, and you would not want to have any regrets. Second, get to know your teachers. Having a good relationship with them is beneficial not only to understanding their classes, but it prepares you for life. It taught me how to engage with people and be responsible.

Anything else you'd like to share about your time at Sibley?
I have really enjoyed the teachers I have had, and the friends that I have made. I am so glad my parents sent me to Sibley. There are so many great memories and highlights that I have and that I will never forget.

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