I think being involved and playing sports is a great way to stay in school and it helps you academically as well. I do soccer, wrestling, track, Academic Challenge, Project Care, SCA, Operation Smile, FCA and band, too. It helps me to connect with more people at the school and create more friends and relationships with the coaches and other people.
I’ve learned that middle school gets tougher. Like in sixth grade, you can kick back a little bit about grades and stuff. Once you get to seventh and eighth grade you’re going to have to study more often. And you have to work around your schedule to have the time to study and for athletics and balance all of that out. I think it’s preparing me for high school.
Have you thought about what you want to do as an adult?
I’m kind of thinking about everything. I don’t know for sure. I like talking to people. I could be a motivational speaker.
What would your message be?
Get up and do something. Make a difference. Be an example for other people. As an eighth grader, we’re supposed to be the example for sixth and seventh graders and the students who are coming in. That’s my whole life. I’m an older brother, the oldest, so I have to be an example for my siblings.
How do you set a good example?
Just to stay involved. Stay out of trouble. Keep your grades up. Listen to your parents.