Humans of Liberty - Nate Cruz (Class of 2023)

“Some of my biggest passions have been discovered through being a student in the BASD. I went to Freemansburg Elementary School, where I had met some of my greatest friends that I consider family. I joined Boy Scouts in 1st grade led by someone who I consider to be my second mother and who took care of me and also taught at the school, Mrs. Diaspe. I am still currently in Scouts and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout...

I had also started playing the sax in 4th grade at Freemansburg. Then I moved onto Northeast where I was involved in the marching band under the direction of Mr. Rupnik. He helped me become the musician I am today! At Liberty, I found my passion for broadcasting. LHS has helped me in many ways. It has shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned all the basics and am still learning the harder stuff in Broadcasting. LHS has and is going to help me live out my dream of becoming a commentator. My gol in life is to be a play-by-play commentator for the NFL. I want to become a better commentator than John Madden! In 2016, my dad was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was on disability until the year 2020. As we all know, 2020 was a rough year for everybody. In addition to my dads’ diagnosis, my parents separated in October during the midst of COVID. Despite my dad’s RA, he had to eventually return to work to provide for our family. Even through all his pain, he still continued to work. However, six weeks ago I had to take my dad to the ER because he was having trouble walking. Unfortunately, we found out he had a staph infection in his spine which caused him numbness below his waist. He had emergency surgery and he’s been in the hospital since. Then my mom has seen an Oncologist because they fear she may have cancer because her bone marrow is breaking down. We have to wait 3 months before we get an answer. My role model is my dad. He taught me how to be the man I am today and that throughout all the struggles in life, including your lowest point, there’s always going to be something better for you waiting at the end of it all. I learned that you work hard in life, it will pay off later.”

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