He’s an AHS alum and a Harvard graduate, and he attributes his success to the academic rigor at American Heritage. “Had I not been taught to critically think, analyze, research, make speeches, investigate topics, and much more, I would have had a much harder time adapting to Harvard and its academic expectations,” says Mateus Falci, AHS ‘10, Harvard ‘14.
Mateus studied film production and documentary filmmaking at Harvard earning his bachelor’s in Visual and Environmental Studies. He also found time to minor in music and a foreign language citation in Arabic,
The recipient of a full academic scholarship to Heritage, Mateus took full advantage of his time here. He was very involved in the Patriot Post and served as editor-in-chief his senior year. He also appeared on camera as a WAHS news anchor for three years and ran the One Planet United club as president. Mateus organized the International Day of Peace assembly, as well as NHS-hosted blood drives. If that wasn’t enough, he was also a scholar athlete running cross country and track and field.
Mateus credits his artistic career to the variety of multimedia and publication courses he took at Heritage. His music career is inspired by his lessons from other media that help to create album covers, music videos, and more. His current musical project is a band called Gratis that released their debut EP last year. He splits his time between working on his music, academic coaching, and serving as a tutor advisor at Private Prep. He thanks his AP English teachers for making him a master of concise writing and grammar which helps him in his professional career.
Mateus confides his only regret was not taking guitar class with Mr. Bronca. Other than that, he says, “I wouldn’t change much because I feel truly privileged to have had the incredible experience I had as an American Heritage student.” His four years as a Patriot is a time he will never forget. “I still feel like part of the Heritage family even when I go back 10 years later––that continues to stick with me. My teachers, my guidance counselors, and the staff welcome me and remember me, and that says a lot about the special place that American Heritage is.”