Senior Spotlight - Zachary Scharf
Rochester Public Schools

Meet Zachary Scharf, a senior from Mayo High School. Zachary plays football and has loved his time being a part of the Mayo football family and being a part of all that they have accomplished together.





What High School are you graduating from?

Mayo High School


What is a fun fact about you?

I crew for Lesmister Ballooning and have been training to be a hot air balloon pilot since 2017.


What is your favorite memory as an RPS student?

Becoming part of a second family through the last 10 years of football. I love getting to be a part of such a talented group of people. And I am so proud of everything we have accomplished together because we didn’t do it as a team, we did it as a family. Families are better than teams because we are always going to be there for each other.


What sets you apart from the group? Try to capture your uniqueness and describe it.

I am always willing to do what’s right and help others before myself. I always want what's best for everyone.


What is your senior quote and why?

I think of a quote from Kevin Hart when I am feeling down.

The quote I want to use is “At the end of the day, you put all your work in, and eventually, it will pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.”- Kevin Hart.

I feel that this represents what I really believe in. I know that all my hard work will pay off someday. So I try to never give up.


What advice do you have for incoming high school students?

Don’t cause drama and don’t get involved with drama. Life is already stressful enough.


What is the number one skill you are taking with you post-graduation?

The ability to be a great hands-on learner.


Name your chosen pathway for after graduation?

I have always shown interest in the trades, and believe that we are always going to need trade workers. That’s why I am going to become a certified welder in the trades program at RCTC.


How have you best contributed to your school community, and in what way do you think you’ll contribute to a workplace or college community?

I have been supportive of my peers and have respected everyone who has been willing to respect me. I feel that I can bring an example of a hard worker to RCTC and wherever else I will end up.


Describe three ways you have changed since your freshman year.

As a freshman, I didn’t care about school, life, or my personal health. I have turned my life around and have surrounded myself with positive people to make myself better.


If you could go back and give yourself advice when you were an incoming freshman, what would you tell yourself?

Don’t waste your time trying to fit in, you will eventually find your place.