“Truly serendipitous” is the way Pedro Falci, AHS ‘07, BU ‘11, describes how he became an American Heritage Patriot. “My mom saw an ad in the Sun Sentinel promoting the first-ever scholarship test,” Falci says. “I took the exam and received a scholarship. AHS already had a stellar reputation so it was just a matter of doing well,” he explains. Pedro made the most of his four years at Heritage serving as captain of the cross country team junior and senior years and front page editor of The Patriot Post. He also co-founded the One Planet United club, which explores the various cultures and religions of the world while fostering an understanding among students of different backgrounds.
Pedro recalls one of his greatest accomplishments at Heritage was winning a Miami Herald Silver Knight Award at the end of his senior year. “I will never forget hearing my name called in the Florida Panthers' arena, taking the stage, and waving to my AHS family,” he said. He credits his success to a team effort among his teacher, principal, and guidance counselors: “I have that award and photo in my office as a reminder of how much the faculty mentored and pushed me to realize my potential.”
Pedro earned a B.S. in Communications and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. “The curriculum at AHS was truly college prep,” he says. “I was not caught off-guard by the rigor of college classes because the teachers prepared me so well.” Currently, he is Director of Student Affairs at Boston University’s School of Medicine. His role requires people skills, the ability to communicate clearly, and organization. “I attribute English and the speech contests with helping me become a confident public speaker, and newspaper with helping me write clearly and to a specific audience,” he shares.
Pedro explains he might never have attended BU if it wasn’t for the college advisors at American Heritage. When he visited the campus, he was very disappointed because the tour was “pretty awful.” Knowing that it was a perfect fit for him, his advisor told him not to give up on the school because of a bad tour guide. “I still applied, enrolled, and years later I am now a poster child for BU!” says Falci.
Heritage taught Pedro discipline, time management, and leadership. It helped establish a foundation that contributed to his professional success. “To this day, I am able to juggle my personal life and well-being with the demands of my job,” he says. “I always work a few nights and occasional weekends but still find time to exercise, see friends, and have quality time with my wife because I had to find balance since 9th grade at AHS.” When asked what he would tell incoming families and students about Heritage, he said, “You won't regret it. AHS is exceptional in every area: faculty, guidance, facilities, and athletics. You can't go wrong!”