Anthony Rocco Gilberti, Junior:
What do you think your main goal for highschool is?
I don’t really know, graduate probably. It’d be pretty awesome to graduate.
What is your goal in life?
To be a happy, successful person, retire and move to upstate New York, live on the water.
What’s your biggest struggle right now?
Dealing with a lot of people at this school. I think a lot of people act the same, I think everyone should start being unique.
What book and/or movie impacted you the most?
A Bronx Tale, and Goodfellas. Bronx Tale because it teaches Italian family values. And Goodfellas because it teaches you not to backstab your people, there’s always a repercussion for your betrayal. He broke the Italian code, and we all know how Henry Hill ended up.
Are you satisfied with who you are right now?
Yes, I think I’m pretty smart, I have confidence in what I say. My only downfall is I have a tendency to say whatever I want, whenever I want.
Do you think that has to do with how you were raised?
Of course! I come from an Italian home, we’re very loud people. We say what’s on our mind.
Who are your biggest role models?
Darby Longo, my great grandfather, and Joe Longo, my grandfather. Two Italian Americans who just went out and grabbed life by the balls. No one told them no. They just ran the streets of upstate New York. I want to be that kind of person, I want to run stuff. I think I’d be a good politician for that reason. Say what’s on your mind. I think that’s a good way to live.
Best advice someone has ever given you?
Don’t give a flying f*** about what people think. That advice came from my father, my grandfather, my aunts, and my uncles.
What’s your philosophy on life?
That’s a very good question. I guess just do whatever. Do what you want. Say what you want. Live life like it’s your last day every day.