Italy, Greece, Athena and Zeus await Gunn graduate Andrew Tesler next year.
His planned trek across Europe should introduce him to new cultures -- with a definite stop in the lands whose myths fascinated him in school, he said.
The trip will add to his hobby of cross-cultural enrichment. Tesler, whose family moved to the United States from the former Soviet Union when he was a toddler, acts in a Russian-language theater group in his free time.
At Gunn he was an athlete and represented the student body to the school board. Beyond Gunn and the great open road, he's not sure what the future holds. Perhaps politics, he said. After traveling, he plans to apply to international universities to keep chalking up new experiences.
Why'd you decide to go traveling?
You won't get the same chance later on. ... If you were working and [went traveling, you've lost a year of your career. If you go in college, it's a gap in your studies. ... After 16 years of living in one town besides minor trips for the summer, it really gets like you know the whole city.
What's your best high school memory?
[I learned to take more out of life by not being stressed.
What about your worst high school memory?
I don't have any bad memories. Actually, there was one moment freshman year when I lost $100 [from my wallet.
What's something valuable you learned in high school?
If you look back it's like you knew it all the time, but you didn't.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?
You're not going to die. Just manage your time wisely and you'll get through it. ... [And take your [driving permit test early.