A Conversation with Ramarro Lamar
- What school years did you attend at Eisenhower Junior High?
2010 – 2012
- What grades did you attend in Darien District 61?
Sixth, seventh and eighth.
- What are some special memories of your time at Eisenhower?
In thinking about special moments during my time at Eisenhower, the first thing that comes to mind are the wrestling meets. The atmosphere was electric and we had one of the best teams in the state. I just loved watching the crowd’s reactions during close matches, or seeing the parents of my teammates rock on the edge of their seats as their kids were wrestling, and especially Coach Espo’s pre-meet talks.
- Who were some of the memorable teachers you had and why?
I can honestly say that the majority of the faculty and staff at Eisenhower had an impact on me. I can vividly remember great conversations with the women in the lunchroom, the custodial engineers, or anyone who would let me talk their ear off. Of course, there are a handful of special teachers who are near and dear to me. Coach Espo, Ms. Crum, Ms. Bocian, Ms. Brennan, Mrs. Perisin, Ms. Alessi, Ms. Spears, Ms. Neary, and Ms. Spencer had a large impact on me while I was at EJH. I fondly remember Polka dancing with Mrs. Perisin and Ms. Neary during science class, headstand contests with Ms. Bocian during a class holiday party, and the time I magically gained five pounds before weigh-ins from drinking a little water. My memories at EJH are great and they really molded me into the person I am today.
- What clubs, sports or extracurricular activities were you involved in?
I was a very active member of the wrestling and football teams.
- Did you receive any special recognition or awards? Are there any personal accomplishments in school you would like to share?
By the end of my time at Eisenhower I had the pleasure of accepting several wrestling awards/certificates including State Champion, single-season pin-record holder, and had the honor of wrestling on the national team. I also accepted Athlete of the Year, citizenship awards, an Illinois Principals Association award, and football MVP.
- If you could say anything to the current students of Darien District 61, what would that be?
Develop good habits now. Everyday put a little more effort than the day before in being a kind, genuine, respectful individual. Write down your goals and view them daily to constantly remind yourself what you’re striving to accomplish. Create a schedule and follow it. Lastly, seek to establish friendships on a firmer and more lasting basis. Surround yourselves with people who challenge you. If you are the smartest person in the room, find a new room and learn something.
- When were you born?
Sept. 20, 1997
- What are some accomplishments and noteworthy activities since leaving District 61?
After leaving District 61, I attended Downers Grove South High School, where I was captain of the wrestling team. I also participated in football and track. In my sophomore year, I began a nonprofit organization named Patriots Club. I had the honor of being accepted to the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation and was an ambassador for Downers South. I earned the military’s Certificate of Achievement and the Sons of the American Revolution Award. I was recognized as a Center of Influence by the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. I made several Homecoming Court appearances. However, accepting the Marine Corps National Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship trumps all of them.
- What are your current involvements (including jobs, activities, hobbies and interests)?
I am a full-time student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Here at the university I am enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps learning skills that I will need leading Marines and Sailors upon commissioning. Some of my hobbies include performing with the Color Guard at sporting events, working out, planning events, and participating in intramural sports. I am also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and stay very busy with social, philanthropy and brotherhood events.
- What are your plans/goals for the future?
After graduating from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, my goal is to work toward earning a spot as a Judge Advocate General in the Marines and practice law. Hopefully, after a successful 20 years in the Marine Corps, I would like to seek a larger substantial public office and continue serving the people of this great nation and making positive impacts on lives. Ultimately, I want to become President of the United States.
- Anything else you would like to share with us?
One thing many people seem to overlook due to my love and passion for the military is my love and passion for music. I absolutely love music and actually taught myself how to play the guitar, violin, harmonica, ukulele, and piano. I love writing songs, performing in front of audiences and sharing my music with anyone who wants to listen.