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Sebastian Manrique - senior creates graphic arts
Sebastian Manrique

Harper Middle College High senior Sebastian Manrique’s passion is creative graphics. “There are a lot of interesting things that you can do in that field of study,” said Sebastian, who has attended school in CMS since kindergarten. 

The 17-year-old has been an outstanding student, and he is working toward a bright and stable future as a technical writer. He was able to take graphic design classes at a young age, which helped him develop skills he will need for college. 

 “I have known Sebastian since he was a student at Palisades Park Elementary. Sebastian is smart, hardworking, kind, compassionate and always optimistic,” said Gina O’Hare, Harper Middle College High principal. “He comes from a very family-oriented background. The middle college program will allow him to become a first-generation college graduate. I have had the pleasure of watching Sebastian grow into a remarkable young man, and I am honored to have been his principal not once, but twice.” 

Sebastian’s parents are from Colombia. They taught him Spanish as his second language, which has expanded his opportunities. “CMS has been primarily in English, but being a Spanish speaker is a special skill,” said Sebastian. “There are definitely moments when [teachers at CMS] encourage students to try new things. Sometimes it is interesting, sometimes it is not so interesting, but it is good to give students the opportunity.” 

 After graduation, Sebastian plans to get a job as a graphic designer or to attend college to develop his skill set.

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