Meet Nicko Gonzalez! Nicko is a senior at Gainesville High School. He plans to attend the University of North Georgia in the fall. Nicko’s parents are JP and Nydia Gonzalez. We want to congratulate Nicko and his family on his upcoming graduation and best wishes in the future.

Question: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Answer: “My parents are Nydia and JP Gonzalez and are two of my biggest supporters in my life. They are always there for me when I need a hug or an pep talk. I have two brothers Mikey and David Gonzalez. My two
brothers are the craziest people you will ever meet. There is never a dull moment in our house. We
moved to Gainesville when I was 2 years old now I am 17 about to turn 18. We are very much involved
in the Gainesville Community because both my brothers played GHS sports. Mikey played baseball and
football. He took over as the head quarterback after Deshaun left and did an unstoppable job. David
played everything but was really good at baseball. He decided to continue his career at University of
Georgia after getting drafted. They are both graduates of Gainesville High School. A few years later we
had to move to Florida to take care of my uncle who was not in the best of health at that time. We lived
in Boca Raton for a year and a half. Florida never felt like home to me so after that short time we moved
back to Gainesville. During the move back I told myself I need to feel apart of a something. So my senior
year of high school I joined the amazing theatre program at GHS directed by Pam Ware. I made so many
friendships and found what I love to do. Now we are living our best lives in our home in Gainesville!”

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: “My plan is to attend University of North Georgia to join the amazing theatre program called
Gainesville Theatre Alliance to earn my degree in Theatre Performance and to expand my talents.”

Q: What are two of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: “El Sombrero and Longstreet”.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “I would want to travel to Cuba because that’s where my dad was born. I love learning about my
family’s history.”

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: “Favorite TV Show would be ‘9-1-1’ and favorite movie would be ‘Angel Has Fallen.’”

Q: If you were asked to give advice to your senior class and the younger students at your school, what
would you say?
A: “I would say enjoy every moment of high school. My parents always said high School will go fast. I
never believed at the time but in a few weeks I will be graduating. It’s goes by so fast, so love on your
friends and teacher every moment of school. Because now look at us Seniors we didn’t get to have our
last moments. Just live in the minute.”

Q: If you were able to be cast as yourself into a television show or series, what show would you want
to be in?
A: “I would love to be casted in a show that isn’t created just yet. I want to be apart of a series from start
to finish. Something original.”

Q: If you could choose anyone to have lunch with, who would you choose? Why? And where, locally,
would you meet for this lunch?
A: “I would want to eat with Cynthia Erivo. She is a Grammy, Tony and Emmy award winning actress. I
discovered her talents when she came to the U.S. to revive the famous Broadway Show ‘The Color Purple.’
She has such a kind heart. I would want to pick her brain about this industry and learn her story. I think I
would take her to Longstreet because no other place has a Longstreet Cafe.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about our community?
A: “This community is family oriented. I meet new people everyday and I feel we are family. Someone is
always willing to help you whenever.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?
A: “I would be finished with college and hopefully working in the entertainment business. No matter if
I’m on stage or backstage as the creative team I will be on my way to accomplish my dreams.”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would love to travel to each state in the United States. So many people travel out of the country
but I feel in America we have such beautiful places.”

Q: What is your go to band / singer when you cant decide what to listen to?
A: “Frank Sinatra. I feel I’m an old soul when it comes to music, I love the classics.”

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
A: “December is my favorite month because of the cold weather. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving
because my whole family meets up and has a great weekend together. And the best day in the calendar
is my birthday of course.”

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A: “Fruit Loops.”

Q: What is something you want to do as soon as the pandemic is over?
A: “Get to see all my friends and throw a big party and just have a blast before we all go to college.”

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: “My family and friends.