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Last updated: 2003
Seth Martino’s Physics and Robotics instructor describes him as “an insightful, hardworking student who can always be counted on for contagious enthusiasm in everything he does, who has a positive attitude and genuine caring and interest for everyone he meets.” His positive and enthusiastic attitude, however, hide the pain and suffering Seth has endured throughout his young life.
Seth’s childhood and family life has been truly tumultuous: in the 6th and 7th grades he attended eight different schools, while his parents were taken over by substance abuse and addiction. Seth and his siblings were removed from their home and placed in foster care, where he lived in five different locations before finding the one place he could call home. Although he has been separated from his parents and his siblings, Seth says he could not be happier to have found the foster family he now has.
Beginning with his freshman year in high school, Seth began to blossom both socially and academically, playing football, track & field, and joining the drama program. He has since continued to play sports, has taken guitar classes, spearheaded food drives for the homeless, was one of the founding members of West Covina High School’s award winning Robotics Team, has received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, participated in the school choir and was selected to be a member of the highly acclaimed West Covina Showchoir.
Seth is rightly proud of his accomplishments, and states that his goal is to “go to UCLA, to study fire science and become a fire fighter. That would allow me to be financially stable when it is time for me to start a family.” The Children’s Defense Fund supports Seth’s goal and is proud to recognize him as a 2003 Beat the Odds® honoree.