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Academic All-Star: Chiawana's Bernardo Castillo

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 Pasco, WA- Chiawana senior Bernardo Castillo leaves it all on the mat, the field and in the classroom.

"Sometimes it takes late nights but it has always been the expectation in my home. So, I just try as make my parents proud and hopefully my hard work does that."

In the fall, Castillo helped anchor the Riverhawks football team back to State as the team's center.  Now, he's made the winter transition onto the wrestling mats.

"You know I'm a little beat up, but I just keep pushing and going towards my goals. I think about what I want to achieve, and it just keeps me going."

He's done it all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.  Wrestling coach Jack Anderson sees Castillo's work ethic both in his athletics and academics.  Anderson serves as Castillo's physiology and anatomy teacher.

"He does very well in class. He's a good student and an all-around student athlete. He's a hard worker and very reliable and somebody that younger kids can look up to both in the classroom and on the mat."

Between training and classes, Castillo refuses to let anything hold him back from his successes.

"I'm a Type 1 diabetic. So I kind of balance out a little bit of everything. Sometimes it can be tougher, but I chose not to use it as an excuse. I see myself as a normal person. Often times I kind of forget I ever have it. I'm just any other normal person."