Erick Sostre was surrounded by his Augusta Christian Schools classmates when he celebrated his 18th birthday Tuesday, but the venue was far from home.
Sostre, recently named as Augusta Christian’s STAR student after scoring 2070 on the SAT, was participating with other students, staffers and parents in the school’s annual mission trip.
The group started in Mobile, Ala., and traveled later in the week to New Orleans before returning home this weekend.
Once back at school, he’ll be gearing up for next week’s start of soccer season as a defender on the Lions’ varsity team.
Soccer is just one of Sostre’s many high school activities.
He’s also the leader of the schools’ praise band, in which he sings and plays guitar and bass. He’s executive chaplain of student council, treasurer of the Beta Club and participates in Drama Club.
“Erick was one of the students who really stood out at school,” said 14-year Augusta Christian history teacher Mike Giddens, who Sostre named as his STAR teacher. “He was very mature for his age, so it was almost like talking to a young adult when you talk about government or economics.”
Sostre said Giddens’ AP European History class, which he took in 10th grade, influenced his interest in learning and, likely, his future, in which he intends to take an international approach to his
“He just really made the learning process my own,” Sostre said.
As he prepares to head to the next level, Sostre hasn’t yet chosen where he’ll study.
He’s been accepted to the University of Georgia and Stetson University in Florida, but is still awaiting responses on several other schools before making up his mind.
“I’m just kind of in the decision process, weighing the options and waiting for a few more to come in,” he said.
As the son of Puerto Rico natives who met in the Army, Sostre said he hopes to study in prepration for a career that involves travel.
“I’m leaning toward the international side of things, an international studies focus, with business as a fallback,” Sostre said. “That way I can be whatever I want after I finish.”