2023 Top Dog: Dino Haidaris


Erica Giesey, Reporter

Senior Dino Haidaris is about to move onto a new chapter in his life. Haidaris has been a Bulldog since kindergarten and has made many memories over the years. Haidaris is very excited to start the next chapter in his life. He plans to attend the Youngstown State University and will be studying middle childhood education.

Even though Haidaris is very excited for the next chapter of his life he will never forget some of the memories created during his years at Lakeview. 

Haidaris states, “I will never forget getting to travel to Europe and Australia with the school. I think that experiencing other cultures and customs is just as valuable as time spent in the classroom. Travel helps us realize that all 8 billion of us are more alike than we are different.”

Aside from traveling, there are many things he will also miss in the classrooms at school.

Haidaris says, “This is a tough question that I have a lot of answers to. I will miss stats with Maddie Mathews and Alex Piacquadio, I will miss doing laps with Caroline Roche during our study halls, I will miss Mason Littleton eating a 4-course meal in college writing, I will miss laughing until I cry in class with Erica Giesey. Overall, I will miss a lot of people after graduation.”

Over his years at Lakeview,  he has grown a lot as a person and has accomplished many goals. 

Haidaris said, “I am honestly most proud of the progress that I saw in myself over my 4 years of high school. Going into freshman year, I didn’t have good study habits and didn’t really work as hard as I should have and sophomore year wasn’t much better. Junior year was when I started to get serious about my grades as I was in CCP classes. That year (and so far senior year) I achieved a 4.0 GPA and have a 3.8 cumulative GPA right now, which I’m proud of.” 

While maintaining great grades, Haidaris was involved in the Student Council, Youth Led Prevention, S.M.A.S.H, Bulldog Buddies, NHS, and Future Educators of America. Thanks to some of the extracurricular activities that Lakeview provides he was able to know what he wanted to do in his future. 

Haidaris explained, “The Bulldog Buddies program and tutoring at the middle school really showed me how much I love helping others learn and making it fun. After working with the kids over there, I honestly can’t see myself doing anything other than teaching.” 

One of the biggest struggles for Haidaris was during his sophomore year. Covid-19 greatly affected many students and made it difficult to learn. 

Haidaris says, “Motivating myself to do online school during the 2020-21 school year was really difficult.”

Even though it was very difficult to learn during this time, Haidaris tried his hardest every day and made it out on top. Junior year was one of Haidaris’s favorite years because everything was back to normal. 

Over the years at Lakeview, Haidaris has learned a lot not only in the classroom but outside of it. 

Haidaris would tell younger students, “Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Nobody or any amount of “embarrassment” should keep you from being yourself and being comfortable with that. In a couple of years, everyone will move on and all anyone will remember was that you were happy being you.”

Good luck to Senior Dino Haidaris as he enters this new chapter in life.