Jan 7

Student Spotlight – Zach Messaglia ’17

Loves About Brebeuf

I love the teachers at Brebeuf. They are all so inviting and friendly. I also really enjoy the retreat program at Brebeuf. Retreats allow me to see myself and others and grow in a span of several days.

Favorite Class

My favorite class is Zoology with Dr. Califf, because it pushes me out of my comfort zone, especially when we do dissections.  During my first dissection of a planaria, I was led to tears. But over the course of the semester, I learned a great deal and became more comfortable with slicing up dead animals in the name of science.  I now choose to dissect in my free time for practice. I will visit Dr. Califf on breaks and she allows me to dissect mollusks and squids.

Future Plans

I am still waiting to hear from Notre Dame, as they are my number one school. I have been accepted to Saint Louis University as well.  I plan to major in aerospace engineering with the long-term goal of becoming an astronaut.  

Teams & Co-Curriculars

Swimming and Diving
Mentor at Joseph Maley Foundation
Young Life
Volunteer in the Kids Ministry at Traders Point Christian Church
Avid photographer
Waze map editor (Waze is a mobile navigation app)

Random Fact

A couple of years ago on the 4th of July, I helped Shaquille O’Neal set up his firework display at his house. 

What has been your favorite Brebeuf experience or most memorable moment so far?

Would have to be my Kairos experience. I enjoyed getting to know myself more. I would encourage all Brebeuf students to attend!

Do anything fun over break?

I visited California with my family for a week, leaving right after finals and coming back on Christmas Eve. Along with traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles along Highway 1, I was able to tour Facebook headquarters.  My favorite part of the trip however, was being able to tour the Livermore National Laboratory outside of San Francisco. The most interesting thing I saw was the National Ignition Facility. This is a facility with 192 powerful laser beams, housed in a ten-story building the size of 3 football fields and can deliver nearly two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy in billionth-of-a-second pulses to the target chamber center. I had to get security clearance to tour the facility three months in advance! 

Other than traveling to California, I really enjoyed spending time with my family.