2018-2019 Mr. Cardinal Contestant 13: Anthony Valencia

What has been your best high school experience so far? 

My best high school experience? That’s quite difficult, but I have to say it’s the first day I got here because it’s the first day being in a new city and a new district. And just being by myself.

What is something people don’t know about you? 

There are a lot of things people don’t know about me.

Can you expand on that? 

Hmm, like most of my talents that I keep away from people, because you know, my talents could be deadly.

All right. So what is one of your hidden talents? 

My hidden talent? The Ultimate Dictator.

Can you expand on that? 

The reason why I say dictator is because I will do anything to enforce power, but for good. Not for bad, like previous dictators have done.

With that said, what is your vision for the future of SBHS or for America? 

Let’s go with SBHS. I feel like, with this generation, it will go downhill, but I feel it will rise up again just like it always does. As for the U.S. I’m going to run for president, so I’m going to make it happen and make it improve.

What are your favorite songs and why are they meaningful to you? 

Hmm, the most meaningful song that I have right now is “Faster Car” by Epidemic Melody because, well, I don’t know. It has a strange connection to my life and it represents my life.

Why did you join Mr. Cardinal? 

I joined Mr Cardinal… Honestly I do not know because in previous years I never wanted to join. And then when I did join, I was the very first one and gathered most of the contestants for Mr Cardinal.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? 

What I hope to gain from this experience is to meet new people, bond with the people involved, spread hope, and specifically help the city of San Bernardino become better than any major city in California.

Why are you in the school newspaper, the Tyro Times? 

I’m in Tyro Times because I like to continue a legacy and since Tyro Times was a legacy club, I wanted to continue it.

So what are some things you are into? 

I’m into a lot of creepy stuff.

What kind of creepy stuff? 

Mmm, like horror movies, anything demonic, spiritual, black magic, pretty much things like that.

What’s your favorite horror movie? 

Hmm my favorite horror movie? Honestly they’re all good, they’re all bad. But the scary movie I usually watch is Chucky.

So what was your favorite Chucky movie? 

Honestly, the second one.

Is there any other activity or organization you are in besides Mr. Cardinal? 

I am in Power to Change, Sobobans, Tyro Times, and will hopefully be part of the Cheer Squad.

Is it true that you are the only male in Sobobans? 

That’s correct.

How does it feel to be the only male? 

Well, I don’t feel special because we all have the same motives – to just help out in the community. So to me, being the only male doesn’t matter at all.   

That’s good! That’s actually very good! Now moving onto the other organization you’re a member of…what has been your favorite Power to Change event? 

My favorite Power to Change event was last year’s The Very Best Challenge event. It actually had me bond more with my upper classmates than any other club I have been in. And all just to help out the community.

Come out and watch Anthony compete for the crown of Mr. Cardinal on April 7th at the Sturges Center! Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 6 pm!

Anthony Valencia
Anthony volunteering during SBCUSD’s Movie Night at the California Theatre.

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