by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Talent is in the Genes


The amount of talent in the Dacio family is far from lacking. In fact, it’s quite extraordinary. All three Dacio kids, Seth (18), Sarina (16), and Silana (14), are equally gifted in different areas. But what’s really cool about this family is their unwavering dedication to their activities in which they participate, as well as the support they show to one another.

Parents David and Rochelle both came from military families and grew up overseas. After meeting in their college nursing program, the couple married and settled down in Rancho Peñasquitos, where they have been living for 19 years. “We love the neighborhood because not only are we close to the schools, we are less than five minutes away from the police/fire station, library, post office, grocery, and less than 20 minutes to the beach,” said Rochelle. Both parents are registered nurses, with David currently serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Nurse Corps.

Parents: David and Rochelle Dacio
Children: Seth (18), Sarina (16), and Silana (14)
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Parents’ Hometown: San Diego
Parents’ Occupations: David – MSN Registered Nurse; Rochelle – BSN Registered Nurse
Favorite Place in PQ: Hilltop Community Park


The youngest of the Dacio children, Silana, is a freshman at Westview High School. “Silana started playing the full drum set at age nine,” shared her mother. “She plays by ear!” Silana was a member of her middle school’s band and now plays for Westview Gold, her high school’s competitive band. She even takes lessons from a professional drum player.

Sarina, a sophomore at Westview High School, started playing basketball as a preschooler. “She attended the Michael Jordan camp and sat by him and took a photo with him and her team,” noted Rochelle. “She even won the ‘hustle award.’” Sarina has played on various recreational and competitive basketball teams over the years, and is now a member of the varsity basketball team at Westview, where she is valued for her shooting and rebounding skills. “Sarina played point guard and shooting guard for club ball and her freshman year as a junior varsity player,” shared Rochelle. “She played 21 games for high school junior varsity and made a total of 326 points.”


The oldest Dacio child, Seth, is a senior at Westview High School and started the first drone club at his school. “At age 16, Seth was one of the youngest licensed remote drone pilots,” shared Rochelle. Seth is currently head editor for the film club at Westview and has his own IMDb page. “He was credited as a licensed drone supervisor for a movie,” said Rochelle. “His videos were selected for Flying Robot International Film Festival and the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.” Starting in seventh grade and continuing each year, Seth has been named the Reflections contest winner at his school for his film work. “One of his films made it up to the state level,” noted Rochelle. “He has received awards from a senator for a film he made for National History Day.” Something especially cool is that Seth has shown support for his sisters and their talents by creating a YouTube channel for each of them: “Sarina Swish” and “Silana’s Beats.”

When the Dacio family isn’t busy with one of the kids’ many activities, they enjoy traveling, watching movies, and trying local restaurants.