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Oswego East Student Athlete of the Week: Sean Benson

Feb 17, 2017 12:19PM ● Published by Zac Sadek

Pictured above-Sean Benson (middle) and parents Cindi and John

 A captain comes in many shapes and forms.  Some are loud, electrifying their teammates as they prepare for a contest, while some may be the team’s best player and the one his or her teammates look to when they need a big play or score.  

Regardless of ability or partiality for high intensity, the good ones always share the same quality; they make those around them better.  Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, and many others share that quality that lifts their teammates to play better than even they thought they could.  Boy’s bowler, Sean Benson, is the consummate captain in this regard, which is why he is this week’s Oswego East student athlete of the week.

As a four year member of the varsity bowling team, Sean’s passion from the game derived from his father, John Benson, and his uncle, Jim Benson.  His mother, Cindy Benson, also a bowler, remembers Sean being competitive at a young age.  

“Sean has always been very competitive,” says Cindy.  She goes on to add, “At 11 years old, he wanted to start bowling like his dad and uncle.  [Sean] would ask to go to the bowling alley and challenge us.”

Eventually that competitive nature found its way to Oswego East, where Sean joined the bowling team and made the varsity team as a freshman.  As an individual, Sean placed 7th individually in conference this past season, and helped his team qualify for sectionals.  Sean also qualified for sectionals as an individual as a junior.  Over the past two seasons, the boys’ varsity team amassed a record of 22-3.

More than individual accolades, Sean’s role on the team helps define what a captain really does. A great leader is not one who barks orders for others to do work, rather, it is one who is at the front, leading by example for those behind them and showing them how to thrive.

Sean served as the leadoff bowler, which meant, as Coach Tim Ochoa puts it,  “It is [Sean’s] job to read the lanes and let the other bowlers know what type of adjustments they need to make. This is a selfless position to be in, as [you] risk a bad shot so your teammates can take better shots when it’s their time.”

This selfless mentality meant that Sean put the burden of working with underclassman on his shoulders as well; setting them up for future success even after Sean has graduated.  

“Sean works very well with the younger bowlers,” says Tim.  He goes on to add, “A captain needs to have knowledge and communicate effectively, and he has that.  He is never negative and is constantly encouraging his teammates and leading by example.”

 Sean’s methodical approach to problem solving he uses in helping his team with their lane corrections is the same approach he uses to be successful in the classroom.  Sean has earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.97, which places him in the top 15% of the senior class.  

As a methodical thinker, Sean’s favorite classes include math and science, and he challenges himself with difficult courses such as advanced placement (AP) Physics 2, and AP Calculus AB.  He also serves as the President of the German Language Club, and is enrolled in AP German Language.

Sean is hoping his passion for sciences will lead him on a journey as a physics major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a future career as an astrophysicist.  Sean’s AP Physics 2 teacher, Matthew Guerrieri, believes Sean possess all the qualities needed to excel in the field of Physics.  

“Sean is a fantastic student whose best qualities include being naturally inquisitive and active in class,” says Matthew.  He goes on to add, “Sean has many qualities that would lead to success [in astrophysics] such as his work ethic, math and science skills, and enthusiasm for physics/science.”

With the boys bowling season in his rear view mirror, and having already been accepted to the college of his choice, Sean continues to push the throttle and challenge himself with the short time he has left here at East.  

Always one to set an example, Sean’s advice to future Wolves is to, “Push yourself to take the hardest classes, make sure you’re in at least one club or sport, and don’t procrastinate.”  

Although we are confident Sean will find great success in college and beyond, we are just as proud of the leader he has turned out to be.  As his mother says, “[Sean] has become the man every parent wants their boy to become.”
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