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Spotlight On: Sebastian Flores (Class of 2018)
We caught up with Sebastian and asked him a few questions about what he's been up to recently—including being selected as one of Atlanta Inno's 25 under 25 innovators!
"When Flores was 11, he designed a candy dispenser card for a friend who loved sweets. In January of 2019, he revisited this idea and redesigned his card in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day. After uploading his products on Etsy, the online marketplace, his cards sold out within hours. OctoGifts is a startup that creates handmade cards with variations. Flores has sold almost $1,000 worth of product and he’s in the process of securing a patent for his designs. He and his mother, Melanie Flores, pitched at the 2019 Alpharetta Business Expo, where OctoGifts was one of three featured startups. In his spare time, he enjoys competitive swimming, origami, and LEGO building. Flores is currently working on a do-it-yourself kit, so customers can make candy dispenser cards at home."
What have you been working on since you left Kingsley?
I've started my own company; OctoGifts. We create interactive greeting cards that we sell online. I'm in the process of securing a patent for my best-selling design.
I've also been focusing on robotics. I am on my middle school robotics team. This year my team is headed to the state championship for the second year in a row!
I'm also keeping up with my love of music. I play percussion for my middle school band, and I have a drum set at home that I practice on.
How did your experience at Kingsley support your success?
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Math class with Mr. Davis and Ms. Catalano helped me learn to love math, and I use it now for both OctoGifts and robotics. Using the LEGO Mindstorms with Dr. Parz exposed me to robotics, which is something I love doing now. Art class with Ms. Valenza helped me learn about design as well, which is something I use regularly. I also grew comfortable with public speaking thanks to Kingsley.
In your experience with school so far, what sets Kingsley apart?
The unique opportunities the school provides and the Montessori-style classroom really let me explore more than any other school. Also, having the same teachers for most classes made me feel super comfortable at school, and made each class really easy to understand.
What motivates you?
I like seeing my ideas work. When I have a new idea I like to follow it through. When they don't work out, it gives me more motivation to work harder.
Where do you see yourself in another 5 or 10 years?
I see myself in college studying mechanical engineering.
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My most-used phone/table app:
My favorite way to relax:
Cooking a good meal
My favorite food:
Beef noodle soup
Kingsley is proud of the work our students accomplish while they are with us, and equally impressed by the paths they take after leaving Kingsley. There are countless, interesting and inspiring stories in our graduates. We're happy to offer more information on what it means to be a Kingsley graduate!