Riccardo Abbate, son of Ivana and Sandro Abbate, is a junior at Ravenwood High School and this week’s Student of the Week.
He is the Robotics Club Captain and is a member of the Raiders, Color Guard, Drill Team and Rifle Team.
Abbate said that robotics is one of his biggest passions.
“I can be creative and compete with a good team,” he said of why he loves the activity.
Of his accomplishments, he said he is most proud of becoming Cadet Command Sargent Major and Robotics Captain.
His favorite class at RHS is JROTC. “…the teacher is a lot of fun and there is something new to learn about every day.”
Abbate said that Elon Musk is one of his biggest role models because “he has good ideas and a lot of influence on the world.”
Ravenwood’s Sergeant Major Screeton said of Abbate, “While his academic achievements place Riccardo within a distinctive group of students, it is his enthusiastic dedication to his school and to the community that truly makes him stand out. Riccardo sets and maintains high standards for himself in every aspect of his life.”
After graduating next year, he plans to go to college to obtain a degree in Computer Science.