MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Trevor Marcus, 18
Trevor Marcus’s career goals are to become a salary cap expert for an NBA team, or a head coach for a basketball team, either at the collegiate or professional level.
No, it’s not your typical dreams for someone who finished at the head of the class in academics.
But Marcus it not your average top scholar.
The 18-year-old West Boca Raton High senior played three years of varsity basketball and four years of varsity volleyball. He was co-captain of both teams, and All-County Honorable mention in volleyball his sophomore year.
“A key factor in my success was maintaining an orderly schedule and staying focused on my ultimate goal, which was to be accepted into a prestigious university,” said Marcus, of Boca Raton.
Marcus will attend Duke University, where he plans to major in economics. The field of study will no doubt lead him toward his career goals of sports business and leadership.
His extracurricular activities at West Boca reflect his passion.
In addition to National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Model United Nations, West Boca Raton Key Club, and SECME, he was an entrepreneur of a personal tutoring business started in 2013 in subjects including languages, math and science at all levels.
Marcus earned a 4.0 grade point average (5.31 HPA) to finish first out of 505 students at West Boca Raton High.
On the SAT, he scored 720 on Chemistry, 770 on Mathematics Level 1, and a 790 on Mathematics Level 2.
On the ACT, he scored 35 on English, 35 on Math, 33 on Reading, 35 on Science, 31 on Combined English and Language Arts, and 35 Composite score.
Upon completion of senior year, he will eclipse 500 service hours. He’s volunteered in the community since 2008 in local barns, community centers, and an Alzheimer’s facility. He’s also a Certified Pet Partners therapy handler, and co-organized a Toy Drive at a local soup kitchen so that underprivileged families could receive Christmas presents.
Among his awards, he won the Presidential Award (Straight A’s throughout each quarter) in tenth and eleventh grades, the Superior Scholar Award in grades nine to 11, the AP Scholar with Honors Award, and the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards (Superior performance on Advanced International Certificate of Education exams).
Marcus said his friends and family were instrumental in reaching valedictorian, specifically his brother (Zachary), parents (Eric and Jennifer).
“Without them, I would not be in the position I am today,” he said.
His proudest high school achievement is being named co-captain of Varsity Basketball his junior and senior year, as well as all-county honorable mention in volleyball his sophomore year.
“My advice to underclassmen is to stay motivated and study hard, because high school sets you up for your future career,” Marcus said.
Who is your hero?
What is your favorite movie?
What are your hobbies?
Basketball, volleyball, community service and socializing with friends.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is “The Great Gatsby,” because the main character represents that in order to truly understand people, you have to look beyond the surface.
If you could meet any person in history, who would it be and why?
I would choose Walt Disney. His creative genius and ability to create such a long-tenured business has always fascinated me, and his creations have inspired arguably more children growing up than anyone in history.
What do you do to get away?
Listen to music and play basketball.