CLIFTON PARK — Shenendehowa senior Adam Barcori, 17, is not the type of kid to shy away from hard work. The honor roll student, who had his first paying job at the age of 13, keeps busy with volunteer work, after-school jobs and lacrosse. Barcori serves on Clifton Park’s Youth Court and as the historian for Shen’s FBLA club. When he’s not cramming for tests or tossing lacrosse balls through the air, he is likely working at the Dolce and Biscotti Italian Bakery in town.
While such a grueling schedule might make other students cringe, he says, “I’m always busy, but
I’ve gotten used to it.”
Lacrosse is Barcori’s real passion. He’s a member of Shen’s varsity team, which he said keeps him practicing almost year round. After picking up the game five years ago, Barcori said he fell in love with the sport and decided to stick with it. “I wanted to give up other sports I was playing so that I could concentrate on lacrosse and be the best I could at it, and to be honest, the other
sports just weren’t as fun for me anymore once I got into lacrosse,” he said. “I’m learning
that it really pays off in the strangest ways if you always work your butt off to do your best.”
Barcori said he tries to attend as many Shen varsity games as he can because he is one of four senior Spirit Leaders for the games. “We’re called PWAs, ‘Plainsmen with Attitude.’ I really love watching my friends and classmates and rooting for our teams, no matter what sport,” he said.
Barcori believes sports are pivotal in a young person’s development. “I’ve grown in many ways because of my involvement with sports. I think it’s helped strengthen my self-confidence, learn how to be a member of a group and have a commitment and responsibility to the group, I learned from others and now as a senior hopefully I can help other players by sharing and demonstrating,” he explained.
After graduating this spring, Barcori hopes to attend a business school and study either professional sales or fi nance. So far, he’s applied to six schools. Barcori said a few college
lacrosse coaches have approached him in hopes that he might consider attending their university. “I didn’t think I’d play in college but have been giving it some more thought recently. Shen has a pretty strong lacrosse program and reputation so I’m lucky to have played in the program,” he noted.
“Wherever I go to school, it’ll be away from home. I’m ready to see what living without my parents will be like,” he said.“Living at college isn’t exactly living on my own but it’s sort of a step between living at home and entirely on my own.”
He lives with his parents, a mechanical engineer and a legal assistant, and has been a lifelong Clifton Park resident. His sister is a junior at George Tech, making him an only child for now.
Question and Answer with Barcori:
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I just hope I am living well and happy and like what I’m doing for a living. I really want to be in some type of sales so that I can interact with different people on a daily basis and I
think it is a career that will keep me moving — I can’t imagine sitting still at a desk all day. I’m guessing my life will still be busy with work, family, and other activities. Just seems like
my schedule has always been full so I’m guessing that will continue.
Q: What’s your favorite band/musician?
A: I don’t really have a favorite band or musician. I’m pretty much down for whatever’s playing on the radio or wherever I am, although, I am a huge fan of Michael Buble’s Christmas music at the moment.
Q: What’s your favorite movie or book? Why?
A: A lot like my favorite band or musician, I don’t really have a favorite movie either. I like all types of movies, even horror. I just want the movie to have a really thick plot and have it all
come together in the end.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I’d say I’m most proud of my hard work ethic. Like I said earlier, I’ve had a job since I was 13 and I’ve always wanted to do well in school. I take everything I do very seriously. I always work hard and strive to do my best.
Q: We all feel the crunch of time. I imagine you’ve experienced that, too. What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day?
A: Sleep, it’s got to be sleep. Pretty much everyone in high school can relate. There is just so much going on during the day that I feel it often runs into my time to sleep.
Q: Who or what has had the greatest infl uence on who you are today?
A: My parents, for sure. They have always pushed me to do my best and strive to be the best person I can be. Although, sometimes I disagree with what they want or think, I know they’re just doing it in my best interest and I’m extremely thankful for that. I know when the time comes I will be prepared for anything.
Q: Who’s your favorite teacher and why?
A: I can’t say I have a favorite teacher, because I have had so many great ones that have influenced and encouraged me,like all of my business teachers and others who just really tried to make their classes interesting and exciting.
Q: What do you think of the presidential candidates this election year? Are you old enough to vote? If so, will you cast your first ballot in this election?
A: I’m excited to be able to vote in the next presidential election. I have always enjoyed my social studies classes, history and current events, so I have been following it. I have very strong opinions about it all, too. I think it’s time that America changed some of its original ideals and founding philosophies because the world has, and continues to change so dramatically around us and it is now affecting us very directly. We need someone in the White House who can be strong and effective and make sure that America remains the leader of
the free world.