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Focused on the future

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here’s never a dull moment for Justin Gheorghe. The senior quar terback at John W. Nor th High School was one of the top signal callers in all of the Inland Empire this season, with nearly 2,300 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Off the field, he excels in Advanced Placement courses, is a member of student government and the school’s Christian club. His day on campus star ts at 7 a.m. and wraps up after dark. And that’s unlikely to change once the football season is over because he’s also on the basketball and baseball teams. “Being busy actually helps me stay focused and out of trouble,” Gheorghe says. “I give up my social life, but it’s for things that I love.” His talents have already caught the attention of a variety of colleges — Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and California Baptist University among them. His preference is to stay on the West Coast, near his mom and extended family. “I’ve always had dreams of living the Division I dream and playing under the Saturday night lights,” he says. After college, Gheorghe wants to go into spor ts medicine, inspired by the positive experiences he had working with trainers while he was recovering from a hyperextended knee in middle school. But for now, Gheorghe is focused on a strong finish to his high school career — not unlike the regular season finale when he had a hand in all of the Huskies’ touchdowns, as he tossed TD passes to four different receivers and rushed for two more scores. “Every second counts for what I want to do,” Gheorghe says. “These four years are gearing me toward the future.”

— Jerry Rice

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