Landeros a familiar name
Eagle Valley’s Luis Landeros is all business when it comes to academics, work or sports. But if you hang around long enough, you’ll see Landeros break out into a huge smile and relax a little. Landeros is part of the third-generation Landeros family in Eagle and Gypsum. Many of his aunts and uncle also walked through the halls of Eagle Valley.
Landeros ” who is set to graduate on May 29 ” lives in Gypsum with his Grandpa. His parents are currently living in DeBeque. Landeros worked hard to succeed in high school, as he was exposed to the constant temptation of a steady job and a steady paycheck. “Some of my family members and friends dropped out of high school, and I didn’t want to do that,” explains Landeros. “Dropping out wasn’t an option,” he firmly adds.
Landeros says that looking up to older students who are good role models helps keep the younger students in school, as it did him. Following in the footsteps of an older student whom you admire keeps you focused, Landeros insists. And even though he’s not physically close to his little brother (he lives in DeBeque with his parents), he knows that by graduating with a plan for the future will stick with his younger sibling. “My little cousins also look up to me,” says Landeros, who spends much of his weekend time with his fifth-grade cousin. “My hope is that my cousins and brother and sisters stay on the right track and finish high school,” Landeros says.
As for the future, Landeros will be at Red Rocks Community College next fall to begin studying construction management. Landeros is the first in his family to attend college, and he knows the real world will be different than the comforts of home. “I have to worry about different things next year, like rent money,” he says. “I’ll miss the laid back atmosphere of high school.” He’ll also miss his weight lifting class, which he says eliminated a lot of stress for him. Landeros’ people skills are also evident, as he gets along with peers and adults. He was crowned Homecoming King last fall by the students at Eagle Valley.
Teacher and coach John Ramunno says Luis will be missed next year. “Luis has been raised to be a hard-working, honest, caring young man. I admire him for sticking with school, meeting his goals and setting new ones,” says Ramunno. As for the football team, he adds, “Luis was an amazing leader for us, and he stepped up during difficult times and helped bring the team together.”