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2017 Male Youth of the Year Ricardo Gonzalez finds his outlet in weight lifting, future in FBLA

2017 Male Youth of the Year Ricardo Gonzalez finds his outlet in weight lifting, future in FBLA

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

LINDSAY – In school, much like in life, goals are built on and achieved over time. And for, Ricardo Gonzalez he’s been putting in work for four years. Then as of last week he was recognized as the 2017 Lindsay Male Youth of the Year recipient. “I was really honored to receive this award,” Gonzalez said. “Everything that we’ve done since freshman year has paid off.”

Like many incoming freshman Gonzalez was unsure of what he wanted to do. In fact he was unsure if he even wanted to get involved in his new school at all. His uneasiness was met by encouragement from his sister, Karina, who convinced him to see the opportunities ahead of him.

Gonzalez began slow, participating in some different clubs and activities that his sister was in. As he tried out clubs like Mock Trial, Red Zone he could see the benefits they offered, but he did not see himself doing these things after high school

One club peaked his interest though. Business minded Gonzalez joined the Future Business Leaders of America.  Eager to learn everything about the sector, it was not long before he began to compete in competitions. In 2017 he even qualified to go to the club’s State Competition. The year prior he received the Future Business Achievement, and Financial Literacy awards.

In past years he competed in business calculations, entrepreneurship, and business math. But this year, he is adding business marketing. To Gonzalez these competitions do a lot more than what they seem. On top of showing their knowledge in a particular aspect of the field they have to work together as a team in the majority of the competitions. That has helped him produce, and develop people skills that he can use in the field.

“It helps you reason and figure out what you want to do just like if you were at a real job,” Gonzalez said.

What drew Gonzalez to begin studying about business was the never ending pursuit to get better. That pursuit drew him to another extracurricular activity, weight lifting. For Gonzalez the two things go hand-in-hand.

“In business I hope to have my own some day, but I know I’m not going to get that right out of college. Instead I’ll have to build up to it,” Gonzalez said. “In weight lifting you set a goal and you are not going to make it right away. Instead you need to keep on working on it.”

Armed with the mindset in knowing that work is never done Gonzalez wants to major in either business administration, or finance. He wants to attend University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), or University of California Santa Clara.

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