By Will Schubert ’15
Being open to growth is just one requirement in order to become a man for others and, according to Jack Herstam’s ’14 friends and family, he goes above and beyond on these requirements.
The Roundup named Herstam a runner up for its annual “Man of the Year” award.
Herstam is currently involved with Big Brothers, track and field, Student Council, youth and church ministry, as well as boy scouts.
“During this period of our lives it is important to be involved in as many things as possible since these are the most formative years of our lives,” Herstam said. “What defines me is everything that I do and I do not identify myself with one specific thing.”
In the past year Herstam said he has acquired more than 100 service hours.
Herstam said his favorite form of service is going on immersion trips.
He has served in Kenya, Alabama, Guatemala and participated in the Kino Border Initiative in Mexico twice.
“I want to get back to Kenya,” Herstam said. “I left my heart over there.”
Mr. Chris Calderon, S.J. is one of Herstam’s biggest influences.
“A lot of what I work to do has been a result of things he has taught me,” Herstam said.
Herstam said his friends and family have also had a major influence on him during his Brophy career.
“He perfectly embodies everything that Brophy stands for,” said Coby Palivathukal ’14. “The passion he has for Brophy is an inspiration to everyone.”
Herstam said one of the greatest gifts his parents have given him was the gift of freedom.
“Jack is a man that will always put others before himself, he is a true man for others,” said Chris Ashton ’15.
Before coming to Brophy, Herstam said he struggled to stand up for what he believed in.
“Through my experiences I have had on campus I have come to understand how to stand up for what I believe in,” Herstam said.
Herstam plans on attending Santa Clara next year.
“I like Santa Clara because it shares all of the same beliefs as me, and it is basically just a bigger Brophy,” Herstam said.