BROOKSVILLE — Victor Davila is a leader. And he's not afraid to admit it.
Whether it's on the basketball court or walking the halls of Nature Coast Technical High School, Davila said he's always trying to be there for others, lending a helpful hand or listening to those in need.
"I don't really like following people," said Davila, 18. "I like starting my own trends. I like leading."
Davila, the starting point guard on this year's Nature Coast basketball team, was recognized in April for his leadership at the school during the 39th annual Hernando County Student Recognition Banquet.
What are your favorite memories of high school?
"Basketball, definitely. This year, I remember the district championship game.
"We were down by 2 points with 16 seconds. I shot 3 and made it. It was one of the best feelings I've ever gotten. Biggest shot I ever hit in my life. That was definitely one of the things I will never forget in my entire life."
Who was the best teacher you had and what made her/him special?
Mrs. Shone Jung, a science teacher at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, Davila said.
"She was the best teacher I ever had. At first, we didn't click at all.
"I got in trouble the first day of school because I didn't have my agenda open on the right date. I went back and I apologized, and ever since then she's been pretty much my mom as a teacher.
"We still keep in touch sometimes. I go over there and visit her."
What will be hardest thing to leave behind?
"The mind-set of a high school student. When you're in high school, you have enough freedom to where you think you're ready for the real world . . . but at the same time you're still living at home and your mom is still cooking you meals and you still go to school and people still watch you.
But once you get to college, you are in the real world. You have to go out there and cook your own meals.
Teachers really aren't going to tell you you have homework due this day."
What are your plans for college and the future?
"I want to be a lawyer," he said. Davila plans to study criminology at Florida State University.
Nature Coast Technical High School
7 p.m. Friday
Valedictorian Alyssa Cooper
Parents: Dr. Ronald and Michelle Cooper
College, field of study: University of South Florida, biology
Salutatorian Victoria Wall
Parents: Sandra and Howie Wall
College, field of study: Palm Beach Atlantic University, pharmacy
Rest of the best
3. Christine Sniffen
4. Katherine Wempe
5. Zachary Plummer
6. Kaylee Noon
7. Savannah Carroll
8. Jonica Herzek
9. Brielle Perlingieri
10. Raymond Laderwager
Nature Coast Technical High School Class of 2013
Holly Allen, Sarah Allison, Julio Alvarez, Bobbi Amato, Kayla Amundsen, Michael Anania, Maria Anzalone, Jake Armstrong, Dalton Aubery, Anthony Azzurro, Justin Balmaseda, Brandon Barrett, Chelsea Barrett, Taylor Bartenope, Brianna Baugher, Rachel Baxter, Zoe Baxter,
Malcolm Bearden, Ian Beavers, Karley Bender, Joshua Benyola, Corey Berg, John Berg, Melissa Berger, Robert Besser III, Kekai Black, Carlton Blackburn, Nicholas Blanchette, Katrina Bordonaba, Matthew Breida, Janeisi Brigido, Drue Brooks, Imari Brown, Miranda Brozik,
David Burbine Jr., Christian Burgos, Tyler Burke, Kori Butler, Jorge Caballer-Pinzon, Sean Caballer-Pinzon, Marina Caceres, Matthew Campbell, Youdinah Canel, Christian Cantero-Rodriguez, Natalya Caraballo, Jenna Carlson, Savannah Carroll, Nicole Castillo,
Christopher Chard, Tyler Checo, Ashley Chevalier, Jordan Chrystie, Kevin Ciccone, Jordan Cleinman, Brandon Clingo, John Connolly, Joseph Cool, Alyssa Cooper, Thomas Cornett, Mariah Crawford, Nicholas Crockett, Samantha Cummings, Eric Dalebout,
Evan Darling, Jasmyn Davila, Victor Davila, Kristen Day, Marianne Delgado, Jillian Deller, Gabriella Deluca, Michael Demaria, Michael Dennis Jr., Christina Depotter, Brianna Dinocento, Nancy Doherty, Cory Draper, Rebecca Duhaime, Jazmine Edwards, Bryanna Elder,
Kaelynn Elliott, Kyle Eppley, Gina Erbe, Melissa Escalante, Kiana Espinal, Krista Evans, Delia Faggart, Patric Faieta, Dylan Ferguson, Jordan Fertig, Petra Fiel, Ciaran Flanagan, Kyle Foster, Michelle Frangione, Gavin Frascatore, Brian Frausto, Brooke Frausto,
Alexandra Gagnon, Terressa Gallup, Melissa Gariepy, Kyle Garvey, John Giaccone, Dimytrio Gracteroly, Amber Grantz, Mycah Graves, James Greene, Richard Grimaldi, Gabrielle Griner, Lianna Groeneveld, Alexander Gross, Fernando Gueits, Emily Hagland,
Samantha Hamilton, Dylan Hartman, Jonica Herzek, Wyatt Hessler, Kathleen Hoak, Randall Holdrege, Richard Holley, Melissa Horan, Dustin Hughes, Taelor Hughes, Ebony Hutchinson, Joshua Jackson, Devin Jaco, Ashlee Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson,
Toni Jones, David Kelly, Jenna Kelly, Jacquez Kincade, Taylor Klunder, Timothy Kraus, Raymond Laderwager Jr., Amanda Lahera, Alyssa Lamberson, Dylan Laudano, Amanda Leahy, Andrea Liguori, Luke Linahan, Edward Lomio, Dana Mackiewicz, Alisa Maltby,
Kelsey Manuel, Yamil Marrero, Tashawn Marshall, Jake Martell, Derek Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Fairlight Mathieu, Emmanuel Matos, Nicholas Matrone, Sam Mazzia, Corey McCaffrey, Bryan McCracken, Conor McCray, Kiara McInnis, Sydney McMahon,
Richard McMinn, Victoria McMinn, Kyle Medina, Justin Mergal, Tiffany Meyers, Lauren Miller, Vanessa Miller, Stanley Millett, Erin Mitchell, Jacob Montalvo, Brooke Mooney, Dakotah Moore, Idalia Morales, Luis Morales, Catherine Mornhineway, Michael Mosley,
Christine Munsey, Stephen Murphy, Dylan Murray, Ashley Muzika, Emily Myers, Jude Nasert, Allison Naylor, Ashley Negron, Derek Newman, Anthony Nguyen, Sean Nguyen, Dylan Nieves, Kaylee Noon, Nicholas Norcia, Chelsea Nunez, Alijah Ocasio, Vivian O'Grady,
Aimee Pacchiarotti, Kyra Palmieri, Silvana Paonessa, James Pedley, Ryan Pelaez, Steven Pelletier, Maria Peloro, Elias Perez, Brielle Perlingieri, Danielle Perugini, Zachary Plummer, Alexander Poggi, Valentin Popoca Jr., Danielle Pospisil, Hadassah Poteet,
Steven Powell, Alexandra Prescott, Michael Preston, Jordan Prezkop, Dominique Rawlins, Brittany Rayborn, Shane Reeger, Allison Rentas, Ofelia Reyes, Matthew Rhineberger, Alexis Riani, Jacob Rice, Cody Rickard, Kylie Rickard, Julia Rifino, Jillian Rintrona,
Alyssa Rivera, Julian Rivera, Michael Rizzo, Jesse Roberson, Anna Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Julie Rodriguez, Samantha Rosario, Quade Rose, Ashley Roth, Sierra Ruiz, Ricardo Sabater, Jessika Salazar, Rachel Salvato, Franklin Sampson, Bryan Sanchez,
Christopher Sanders, Nickolas Sanders, William Sandifer, Dylan Savoury, Thomas Schiavone, Zachary Scott, Drew Sessa, Natthawadee Sharland, Anthony Siciliano, Niko Siskos, Courtney Skinner, Gabrielle Smith, Christine Sniffen, Marena Soulet,
Matthew Spalding, Michael Spalding, Matthew Stellpflug, Nacole Stephens, Alexandria Stiles, Taylor Storey, Rachael Tran, Cody Trubic, Jordan Tyler, Charles Uchytil, Robert Van Alphen III, Cody Van Natter, Kristen Varcak, Carmen Vargas, Cassidy Verdi, Melanie Verdino,
Shane Vicaire, Frank Villaizan, Noah Vitko, Zackary Volce, Brandon Vovan, Victoria Wall, Vicoria Walsh, Jonathan Waskowitz, Jake Webster, Jared Weeks, Joshua Wempe, Katherine Wempe,
Jessica Wieszchowski, Justin Wiloth, Kaitlynne Wilson, Timothy Wise, Sarah Woike, Kyler Wray, Selena Zugras.