Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jose Figueroa Castro
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jose Figueroa Castro
Posted on 05/09/2016

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Jose Figueroa Castro
Senior Jose Figueroa Castro

Son of Flor de Maria Castro de Moreno and Felipe Moreno, from West St. Paul

At the start of his senior year at Henry Sibley High School, Jose Figueroa Castro made the choice to enlist in the United States National Guard. By enlisting, Jose hopes to continue on a journey that will lead him all the way to the United States Senate.

The current step on Jose’s path to the U.S. Capitol includes completing his time at Henry Sibley, where he has earned Academic Letters during his junior and senior years, boasts a 3.6 GPA, and has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction. His rigorous course load includes: AP Chemistry, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, AP Language and Composition, AP Biology, College-in-the-Schools (CIS) French 4, and CIS French 5. In addition, Jose has taken college courses like Multivariable Calculus, Hispanic Cultures and Civilization, and Principles to Macroeconomics at Inver Hills Community College through the Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO).

Jose has also been a four-year member of the boys’ track and field team at Henry Sibley, competing in the pole vault, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. During his sophomore and junior years, Jose was a member of the Henry Sibley boys’ soccer team.

After graduating from Sibley, Jose will undergo Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as part of his enlistment with the National Guard. His plans then include enrolling in community college in the spring of 2017 to complete an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where he intends to pursue a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with minors in French and Mathematics.

“After college I will be pursuing a law degree, but my dream job is not a lawyer. It’s being a United States Senator,” said Figueroa Castro.


District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Jose: The curriculum of advanced courses has prepared me for college courses and college papers.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
My favorite subject at Sibley was Math mostly because of how good of a teacher Mr. [Erik] Kluznik was to help me understand and excel in Calculus.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
During my sophomore year when the boys’ track and field team placed second in the conference. Being part of the team and competing in pole vault was an exciting event that I took part in during my time here at Sibley.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
My advice to the younger students is take classes that you enjoy. It doesn't matter if your friends are not taking Advanced Placement classes with you because you'll make other friends in those classes as well. Don't succumb to any peer pressure that could hinder you from achieving your potential.

 Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2016:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Emma Verby
-Hannah Delmont named Henry Sibley's 2016 Athena Award winner
-Cailin McMahon recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-six Henry Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
-Moog, Fischer named National Merit Semifinalists
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Drew Conway