With the spring sports season cancelled by the UIL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Herald Democrat is putting a spotlight on the seniors who had their high school careers abruptly come to an end.
College plans: Mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: One mandarin orange before each game or race.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: I listen to music I can breathe to; runners would understand.
Favorite subject/class: Science.
Favorite teacher and why: Regina Prigge. As my principal Mrs. Prigge taught me that there is more to being a good person than just following the rules — character brings you a long way.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Scotty Voight has raised me as an athlete and a young man. He has showed the value in mental fortitude and a good moral compass.
Best teammate and why: Jesus Tello is a great goalie and a great man. We both went through all six years of soccer and we were together through the whole thing.
Best high school sports memory: The energy I felt starting my senior district race.
Best high school non-sports memory: The party pit’s last “HOO-HAA!”
What you love about your sport: I love the great athletes and friends I met along the way. They all inspired me to keep improving and grinding to be the best athlete I can be.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Spare Parts.” It shows the value of being close with your teammates.
Describe the Denison Class of 2020: Excited. They are excited to be productive and achieve their dreams.
Biggest lesson learned: Live life to love people like you won’t have them tomorrow.
Biggest influence in your life: Marybeth Edgette. My mom would be at any event I was a part of; in fact she ran the furthest distance out of all the kids at our cross country meets.
Athlete you look up to: Damian Moreno is the hardest working individual I have ever been able to talk to. He works hard to get what he wants and that is very respectable. He knows the value of sacrifice for the gift of success.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was shocked that we couldn’t finish out our two games of the season. We missed our senior night and the rivalry Sherman game.
Message to your teammates: Stay excited for next season. You all will do great things and just think about it — you have these months to better yourself for next season.
Message to your freshman self: Hit the weight room you will need it as a senior (haha).
Thing you won’t miss at all: Impossible question. I don’t not miss anything.
Thing you will miss the most: I loved my time working and become better at my sports. I will miss every second of it.