[heading] by Wynne Love | photos by Soul of Photography [/heading]

At age eight, Conner Annicharico may still be small, but he dreams big. He’s lived in Encinitas all his life and loves it, but a trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas when he was four seems to have sealed his fate. “He was very curious as to who owned the hotel,” shared his father, Trent, “and from there came the proclamation that he wanted to own a hotel someday.”

For now, Conner attends Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, and until they begin offering courses in business and hotel management, he makes do exceling in reading, math and P.E. Conner says his favorite subject is P.E. because he loves sports. “I like football, basketball, baseball and soccer,” he explained. “I play in the Express Soccer League, Encinitas National Little League, Encinitas Recreational Basketball League and, YMCA Friday Night Lights and flag football.” Conner’s second favorite subject is math because, he said, “I get to test my brain.”

Conner is a model student. “He has been asked on a number of occasions by his teachers to help in the class by being an example for other students,” reported his father. Conner loves reading – earning OPE’s “gold medal” for reading 3,600 minutes – and writing: he has penned three books already on the “Adventures of Yellow Dog,” inspired by his own yellow lab, Charger.

But Conner’s true passion is sports. “When Conner was four years old,” remembered Trent, “he would stumble into the living room rubbing his eyes and asking if we could turn on SportsCenter.”

Conner claims he grew to love sports while watching his brother play. “Luke, my older brother, goes to high school and plays lacrosse and basketball,” described Conner. “Luke is nice to me. He shows me how to play a lot of sports. He shows me how to do things right.”

Conner’s parents, Trent and Lisa, look forward to fanning Conner’s passion for sports and hotel ownership. In the meantime, they’ll continue playing with him at local parks, enjoying meals at his favorite restaurants, Coco’s and Islands, and boogie boarding with him at the beach.

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Name: Conner Annicharico
Age: 8
School: Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary
Grade: 2nd
Parents: Trent and Lisa
Siblings: Luke (15)