“In the past four years, I have had the chance to get to know RJ as a student in Spanish Class and as a leader in LASSO,” said John Orozco, St. Francis Spanish teacher and moderator of LASSO. “He has always exemplified the qualities of our Patron St. Francis de Sales, ‘Be Who You Are and Be That Well.’ He has worked to always challenge himself in the classroom as this year he is completing his fourth year in our foreign language department. It is obvious that he proudly represents his Latino heritage by his constant support of our student organization and its activities. As a Latino myself, I am proud to see the young man he has become.”
He was chosen as the recipient of the Nick Iorio Scholarship for his senior year. This scholarship, named to honor the deceased alumnus and football player, recognizes RJ’s passion for football and for life. “These awards mean a lot to me, said Rios. It shows me that all the hard work has paid off.”
Coach Dick Cromwell said, “RJ has lettered for 3 years in Varsity Football. A 2-year, 2-way starter as offensive guard and defensive linebacker, RJ was our leading tackler this past fall. He is a smart and aggressive football player that really seems to enjoy the game. He is a great team leader and a great team player.”
Additional football recognition includes being named 1st Team All-City (’09), 1st Team All-District ‘(09), 2nd team All-State (’09) as defensive linebacker.
As his teacher and baseball coach, Tim Gerken states, “RJ has always shown an aggressive and competitive approach toward his athletic ambitions, but it is especially rewarding to witness him channeling these energies into being a more complete scholar-athlete. RJ has developed into a true St. Francis de Sales Knight.”
RJ was an integral part of his team’s baseball district championship last season for which he was named 2nd Team All-City and 2nd Team All-District.
In addition to being an honor student, RJ serves his school community as an Ambassador during Eighth Grade Visitation and Open House. He is a member of Campus Ministry and Interact Club, the school’s chapter of the Rotary Club of Toledo. He also enjoys being part of the school’s Ping-Pong Club.
Rios has narrowed his selection of the university he plans on attending this fall to: the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, Lake Erie College, and Adrian College—to study physical therapy. He also hopes to play collegiate baseball. RJ is the son of Richard and Lynn Rios of Toledo.
Rios shares that his best experience at St. Francis “would have to be the friends I have made over the past 4 years. St. Francis is different from any other school because of the people you meet and the relationships you form. It is a brotherhood, and no other school has it like St. Francis.”
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