Teen Hall of Fame: Ross Cano, freshman, U.S. Naval Academy

Teens in the Newsroom programJanuary 15, 2014 

Ross Cano


  • PARENTS: Felix and Charlene Cano

    HOBBIES: Painting and playing the drums


    LAST BOOK I READ FOR FUN: “The Martian Tales Trilogy,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Mythbusters”

    FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC: Electronic/dance

    FAVORITE TYPE OF MOVIE: Action or science fiction, especially if it has a good plot.

    BIGGEST FEAR: Failing to do the right thing.

    ADVICE FOR KIDS: Set high goals for yourself. “Stay hard in body, sharp in mind, and always, always, always, expect to win.” – Maj. Antonelli

    ADVICE FOR ADULTS: Enjoy life day by day, minute by minute. If you look forward to the next thing too much, you’ll miss what’s going on in the present.

    WHERE I’LL BE IN 10 YEARS: A naval aviator, flying something fast

    The Teen Hall of Fame honoree receives:

    • $500 check from E&J Gallo Winery

    • 2 movie tickets from Brenden Theatres

    • A gift card from The Yogurt Mill

    • Bowling passes from Yosemite Lanes

Ross Cano graduated in May as leader of Beyer High School’s prestigious marching band.

Ross displayed a lot of musical talent throughout high school. As a freshman, he received the band’s Rookie of the Year Award. As a sophomore, he was named Beyer’s Most Outstanding Winds Player of 2011.

As a junior, Ross became Beyer’s drum major, which is the student who leads and conducts the drum line in band. He was the first trumpet player to receive this honor. “Drum major was a learning experience that taught me how to be a peer leader,” Ross says. “It was great being able to listen to all my classmates come together and play great music, too.”

In addition to band, Ross was selected to attend a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program in 2010. He completed more than 100 hours of community service through this program, from working the Amgen Tour of California bike race and the Modesto Marathon to participating in a breast cancer awareness parade, a Veterans Day celebration and the downtown Modesto Holiday Parade of Lights. He was recognized with a presidential award in 2012.

Ross also was on the Beyer swim team; his main events were the 100 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle.

In 2011, Ross went to Annapolis, Md., for the U.S. Naval Academy’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math summer program. While there, he took an introductory class in fluid dynamics that helped inspire him to major in aeronautical engineering.

Ross is now a freshman at the Naval Academy.

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