School: Trinity Episcopal
Age: 17 GPA: 4.56
Athletic accomplishments: A senior swimmer, Atesh holds some of the top times in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. He’s fifth in the 100 fly (and 19th in the state overall), third in the 100 free (eighth overall) and 11th in the 200 individual medley (26th overall). He was a member of Trinity’s state-title winning team as an eighth grader in 2016 and the Prep League-title team in 2017.
Academic accomplishments: An IB diploma candidate at Trinity, Atesh has served on the student conduct committee and honor council. He has earned 84 hours of community service, he wrote an extended essay in physics, and he plays the cello in Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Favorite subject: Math. This year’s he’s taking BC Calculus with Mr. Hauser.
Future major: “Hopefully I could double up in math and music.” Or math with a focus in data science.
Dream job: “Symphony conductor or movie composer.”
Musical talent: He’s played piano since he was 4 and cello since he was 9.
First job he wanted as a kid: “Teacher.”
Three words to describe him: “Caring, loyal, outgoing.”
Favorite book: “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” He’s into historical nonfiction.
Working to improve: “Writing,” and “I want to take this year to learn how to be a leader.”
Favorite thing about being a student at Trinity: “I freaking love Trinity. There’s so many different paths you can take at Trinity, depending on what you want to do. ... I don’t see any divisions. We hang out with each other, we give each other fist bumps.”
Best sports memory: “The finals of the 100 fly at high school states last year.” He snuck into the championship race with the eighth and final seed, then he finished fifth, exceeding his expectations.
On his playlist: “It’s all classical.” The real term for it, he says, is western art music. “But everybody calls it classical.”
Most embarrassing music: “Some people might cringe at some of the operas I listen to, but I wouldn’t call it embarrassing.”
Favorite composer: “Wagner.” His favorite opera of Richard Wagner’s is “The Master-Singers of Nuremberg.”
Person alive he admires the most: “My dad.”
Favorite thing about swimming: “The team ... You really need your teammates to be supportive of you to make up for how individual swimming actually is.”
Favorite emoji: “A new laughing emoji which looks like you’re rolled over hysterically laughing.”
If he could go on any reality show: “Hell’s Kitchen.”
If he could travel anywhere in the world: “Hawaii or Germany.”
If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Johann Sebastian Bach.”
If he could be any animal: “Wolf.”
His house is burning down and he can take only one thing with him: “Laptop,” because it has his Sibelius song-composing software.
Scholar-athletes of the month are nominated by their coach or athletics director and are chosen by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Sports Backers. For more information on the program, visit sportsbackers.org/scholarships.