Student-Athlete Spotlight – Christian Santibanez

Student-Athlete Spotlight – Christian Santibanez

This week’s Student- Athlete Spotlight is Christian Santibanez from Hartnell College Men’s Soccer team. Christian is in his second year playing for the team. He grew up in Salinas and attended Everett Alvarez High School. There he played soccer all four years. “The reason I came to Hartnell was because of the soccer program, it was close to home, and I wouldn’t have to worry about expenses.” Christian explained. Santibanez is currently majoring in Ag Business and plans to transfer out to a four-year institution next Spring. “I plan to continue playing soccer for a Division I program. Hopefully one day I get to play professional soccer; that’s the goal,” shared Christian. His family is his major support as both a student and student-athlete. However, his father is his biggest supporter, always there to provide anything he needs. After last year’s great team success, Christian is now more motivated to push himself and his team further. “I want to help the team go far this year and hopefully go to the Final Four. I want to win it all this year!” Christian exclaimed. Santibanez is a great example of what it means to be a hard working student- athlete here at Hartnell College. Not only does Christian attend his classes, goes to practice, but also works a part-time job. “Follow your dreams, anything in the future is possible,” Christian stated. We are proud of studentathletes such as Christian, hard-working and motivated to succeed. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and the best to the team during this season! Go Panthers!