Student Spotlight: Donovan Suguitan

By Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Donovan Suguitan, a senior at Shenendehowa, sits in Mocha Lisa's Cafe Friday November 11.By Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Donovan Suguitan, a senior at Shenendehowa, sits in Mocha Lisa's Cafe Friday November 11.

By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter

Clifton Park –Shenendehowa senior Donovan Suguitan dreams of one day becoming a professional volleyball player. His dreams may be realized sooner rather than later considering the 17 year old Shen student’s success at the State Tournament — he was named All Star at the State Tournament.

Though born in Texas, Suguitan has spent most of his life in Clifton Park. He’s been playing volleyball since seventh grade. Suguitan said he first became interested in volleyball after his older brother got into it. Tennis is his other love — he’s been playing since fifth grade.

Before he thinks too much about going pro, Suguitan has college to consider. He’s looking primarily at division three schools such as SUNY Poly and Kant due to their business programs. He’s also interested in NYU since he said “it’s one of the top business schools in the country.” Suguitan hopes to go into accounting after college.

Along with tennis and volleyball, Suguitan is involved in Shenendehowa’s wind ensemble and jazz ensemble where he plays tenor saxophone. He first picked up the instrument in fifth grade. “It’d be really cool to play in college,” he said.

Q & A with Donovan Suguitan:

Q: What is your favorite class at Shenendehowa?

A: Principles of Finance and investment. It teaches me a lot about what I will be doing in life, applying for credit, paying bills, etcetera.

Q: What are your thoughts on this recent presidential election?

A: Taking the National Issues [class] taught me a lot about the importance of everyone’s vote. It blew my mind that Trump actually won. This generation isn’t really into politics and it takes away from what our ancestors fought for.

Q: What type of music do you like to listen to?

A: Cage the Elephant. Red Hot Chilli Peppers. A lot of 1990s and early 2000s rock bands.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Miracle. I was really into hockey until about fourth grade.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: The Hunger Games Series or the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Going to states and finally beating Bethlehem in the sectional finals. It was a great experience at states.

Q: What do you consider your biggest challenge?

A: On my team it takes a while to gel together but I think right now we’ve found that.

Q: Who do you think has had the greatest influence on who you are today?

A: My dad. He’s always pushing me to do a lot with school and volleyball.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you choose to go?

A: Hawaii. It’d be really cool to stay somewhere where you’re always less than 20 minutes from the beach.

Q: If you could play professional volleyball somewhere, where would you choose?

A: Italy or Russia because they have premiere volleyball teams.