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Student Profiles: R.J. Rios proud to be Latino and a Knight

Richard James (RJ) Rios, a senior at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, is the co-president of LASSOits Latin American Student Support Organization.


The club celebrates our culture. We reach out to the Latino community at Christmas time by supplying toys, jackets, and gloves to families in need. We hold a Cinco de Mayo party every year as a fundraiser for our scholarship program. We have designed and created a St. Francis scarf that we sell as a fundraiser for the scholarship.


LASSO also supports the 8th Annual Latino Scholarship Day with the Toledo Mud Hens, scheduled for July 25, 2010.


As a sophomore, RJ received the LASSO scholarship by writing an essay about how he has helped the Latino community and what it means to him to be a Latino. I am so proud to be Latino; I have not experienced any difficulty or challenge in being Latino. 

Richard James (RJ) Rios


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 RJs 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 teams 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 schools chapter of the Rotary Club of Toledo. He also enjoys being part of the schools 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 Collegeto 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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