Get to Know Kenny Zaborny, Foley High School Class of 1997!
Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born in Pensacola Fl, and I graduated from Foley High in 1997.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
No extracurricular activities and yes, I was great at doing nothing.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
I attended college after graduation. I majored in Microcomputer Networking.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
I worked in retail while going to college. I’m currently a network engineer. My favorite job was with a company where I helped build an maintain a networkQ. with over 500,000 customers. We supplied voice, data, and IPTV. I can say I provided internet to Keira Knightly, Leonardo DeCaprio, an NBA coach (whose name escapes me), and provided tech support to the band Three Down. Unfortunately that company went bankrupt.
If you hadn’t become a network engineer, what might you have done?
I considered becoming a psychologist. I much prefer working with computers.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
When life pulls the rug out from under you, there’s a good chance you’ll land on an even softer carpet. Never give up.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
The lack of bills and standing in the hall between classes with friends.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how?
I can’t identify any single person. Everyone you meet has influence on you, even if you don’t realize it.
If you could travel the anywhere, where would you go?
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
Put yourself into mindset that you’ll never stop learning.
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
Practical advice would be to start a retirement fund as early as possible. Yeah, it’s boring. My fun advice would be to never grow up. Don’t lose your sense of wonder in this world.
How different is life now versus how you envisioned it would be when you were in high school?
Number one, I am disappointed there are no flying cars. However, I own a DeLorean now and I certainly never thought I’d get to say life is a lot better than I could have hoped…it’d be better if the DeLorean flew.
If you could start over in high school, would you?
Nope. While I did enjoy high school, I enjoy my life now even more. I’d like to give my former self some tips though. Like ‘invest in Google” and “buy Apple stock.”
By the way, I’m a geek bachelor, so my photos are just of myself and my projects. The R2D2 isn’t mine but I built the other two robots.
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Kenny, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.