Nov 12, 2015 1:32 PM by Ross Field
The Chico High School football team is gearing up for postseason play. The Panthers (6-4) are the third seed in Division-II and will host Paradise for a spot in the semifinals on Friday night at Asgard Yard. Chico would not be in this position without Nate Guanzon, a motivated senior leader who will do all he can to help the team on top of being a smart guy. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
"The feeling you get on Friday nights you can't even describe it," Nate Guanzon said. "But I realistically came to the conclusion that it's not going to take me as far as my brain could or my academics could."
Nate Guanzon says he takes all the opportunities he can to become the best student. He wasn't kidding. Nate carries a 4.35 GPA while taking four AP courses. He's a member of Key Club, California Scholastic Federation, Rotary Club and International Club. He doesn't have an issue with his tough schedule, he embraces it.
"I think it's really important to push yourself in the classroom and honestly anything that you do, it's good for you it builds character so that you can use that in the future," said Guanzon.
"Nate's probably going to be making more money than you and me put together someday and inventing cool stuff," said Jason Alvistur, Chico High football coach.
"I'm very interested in the field of genetics and genetics research and cancer and things like that," added Guanzon.
"I often joke with him, he's like the busiest guy I know, I don't even know how he fits in all the stuff he does, it's like incredible, he must not sleep or something," said Alvistur.
Busy schedules can be overwhelming, but Guanzon has an outlet, a way to relieve stress - football.
"It's aggressive, it's emotional, and it's the best sport in the world," said Guanzon.
Nate makes a living on the line for the Panthers, but it wasn't always that way. This season he changed positions for the betterment of the team.
"I started off at sort of a tight end, H-back hybrid position, and this year they actually ended up putting me down to guard, because our lineman numbers were low," said Guanzon.
"I know it killed him and he said if that's what the team needs than I'll do it, and become he's one of our best lineman! He gets after it, he's smart, he's a leader, he's really made us a lot better this year," said Guanzon.
So, for being unselfish and determined, Chico High's Nate Guanzon is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.