Andrew DeStefano was born on November 27, 1989. He currently lives in East Boston with his parents, John and Kathy and his younger brother, Alex. Andrew earned his black belt in karate by the time he was 12 years old. Andrew volunteers for the East Boston Little League as an assistant coach and as an umpire. He enjoys helping the kids to learn about baseball and how to work together as a team.

Andrew is entering his senior year at Boston Latin School. Andrew is very busy at Boston Latin School. He has a rigorous course schedule that includes several AP courses. He is active in three sports at Boston Latin School; cross country, baseball and track. Although he has not seen much personal success in cross-country or track, he hopes to improve the team’s reputation as captain during his senior year. In baseball, he has pitched and played second base for the JV squad his sophomore and junior years. He has had moderate success, finishing his JV career with an 8-4 record. This year he hopes to continue his success on the varsity level and also hopes the team may contend for a Dual County League (DCL) championship.

For the past two years, he has been a staff writer for his school newspaper’s sports section. However, this year, he will be taking over as co-editor. He hopes that he can continue the success and quality of The Argo’s sport section while also making some slight changes in order to increase the section’s readability and presentation.

Andrew’s latest endeavor at the Latin School is the club he started with a few of his closest friends called SPARM (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Rock Music.) Although the club experienced some troubles with attendance and overall direction in its first year, he hopes that the club can increase its membership and community service.

Andrew has always been interested in government and the political process. By the age of three, Andrew had memorized the biographies of each U.S. President. Andrew just recently attended American Legion’s Boys’ State program where he was elected governor. Boys’ State has had a profound effect on Andrew and he plans on continuing his involvement with the program. He would like to be a Boys’ State counselor next year and to begin a recruiting program at Boston Latin School.

Andrew is looking forward to applying to college this year and hopes to attend a college on the East Coast. In college, he plans on studying business and political science and continuing his involvement with youth sports programs. His goal for the upcoming years is to make a difference in his community of East Boston. He feels that East Boston has the ability to improve its prosperity and community engagement. Andrew wishes to join other leaders of community organizations to help break the language and culture barrier that seems to alienate East Boston.

As a Ward Fellow, Andrew has been working with William Sinnott, Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston. Andrew hopes to carry his experiences this summer with him to his future endeavors in business and politics.