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MCS AlumKnight brings home skills to help better people’s lives and health

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(MCS) — In anticipation of the annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week, or CSW, Mount Carmel School recognizes AlumKnights that have pursued vocations in line with the theme of CSW, “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This week, MCS recognizes 2008 AlumKnight Dre Delos Santos.

MCS 2008 AlumKnight Dre Delos Santos.  MCS photo

Dre Delos Santos is a graduate of Mount Carmel School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science from Kapiolani Community College and University of Hawaii. Prior to pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Delos Santos shared that he wasn’t the most conventional of all accomplishing students.

“I wasn’t the best student,” Mr. Delos Santos shared. “There were thirty-three seniors in my graduating class, and I was ranked twenty-seventh. That didn’t discourage me though.”

Today, Mr. Delos Santos is an accomplished physical trainer. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he studied and earned his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. At that point, Mr. Delos Santos shifted his focus to women’s health and pain and injury management. Since then, Mr. Delos Santos has trained more than one-hundred clients looking to improve their health, lifestyles, and wellbeing.

After working in Hawaii as a certified trainer, Mr. Delos Santos chose to bring his skills and knowledge back to the CNMI and give back to his community. “For now, my main focus is to consolidate my position as one of the leading physical trainers on-island, and improve the quality of people’s lives through strength training.”

Looking back on his experience, Mr. Delos Santos is grateful to many people for his success, especially his parents. “Like I said, I was not the best of all students while going to school, but the turning point was when I received a letter after my first semester in college stating that I was placed on academic probation for my grades.” Mr. Delos Santos continued, “Yes, I’ve always had difficulty in academics, but that particular moment really set my resolve and from that point, I focused on my studies better and reached my goal to graduate with a college degree.”

When asked how Mount Carmel School’s mission impacted his journey since high school, Mr. Delos Santos shared, “Mount Carmel School’s mission is to see with Christ’s eyes, and I’ve continued to live my life to have positive interactions with everybody. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Mr. Delos Santos concluded by sharing a piece of advice to current juniors and seniors in high school, “Don’t be in such a hurry to make your mark. The best of anything can’t be rushed, it’s a process.”

For more information about academic programs and services at Mount Carmel School, visit www.mountcarmelsaipan.com.

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