Sebastian Pirela

Senior Spotlight


Madalyn Berry, Reporter

The thriving senior, Sebastian Pirela, a.k.a the Homecoming King 2022, has accomplished a lot throughout his high school career. Playing varsity soccer all four years, his involvement in many clubs, and being a full International Baccalaureate program candidate, Sebastian has continued to keep his plate full. Although that may seem like a full schedule, Sebastian enjoys the challenge and succeeds! He’s made a lot of friends, memories, and striving plans for his future! 

Born and raised in South Bend, his favorite memory as a kid was visiting his extended family in Bogota, Colombia because it gave him a greater understanding of his culture. Both of his sisters, one older who is a sophomore at Purdue University and one younger who is in 4th grade at Kennedy Primary Academy also aid in his learning. He admires his father’s persistence in immigrating to the United States from Venezuela and working hard to create a better life for him and his family. 

During Sebastian’s soccer career at John Adams, his coach, Coach Mihut gave him the nickname ‘Seba’, and ever since then, it stuck. As a midfielder for John Adams boys soccer team,  he plays as number twenty-one. His favorite game so far was winning the Hoosier cup during his junior season. It was extra memorable to him because the soccer team was able to beat Zionsville, a team who had previously beat them 8-0 during his freshman year. An accomplishment he is most proud of is winning the State Championship with his travel soccer team last year. 

Growing up through high school, Sebastian expressed how he gained confidence and personal growth. As a freshman, Sebastian never thought he would be nominated and voted to be homecoming king. He expressed how he was a quiet freshman but grew into a more confident and passionate person throughout his high school years.

Planning for the future, Sebastian has always been hard-working and makes all efforts to put his academic career before all else. He plans on attending Purdue University to study Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. During his academic career at John Adams High school, Sebastian expressed how being a full IB candidate was stressful but he was grateful for all of his IB teachers, who were very knowledgeable and passionate about what they were teaching. Sebastian’s main goal for his future is to graduate college as soon as he can and join the workforce, where he is planning on traveling a lot to South America. 

The Tower congratulates Sebastian on his successful homecoming king campaigning and wishes him the best of luck in the future!