Oswego East Student Athlete of the Week-Alonzo Boulrece
Mar 17, 2017 05:50PM ● Published by Zac Sadek
Senior Alonzo Boulrece has the physical stature to intimidate his competition, whether he is on the football field or at a track event. However, after spending time with Alonzo, one can understand that there is much more layer and depth to his personality. His consistent work ethic and ability to excel in all areas of life are why he is Oswego East’s student athlete of the week.
Alonzo has always stood out from his classmates because of his physical stature. However, it wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school that he came out for the track team and began molding himself into the person and athlete he is today.
Despite his imposing figure, Alonzo’s personality has always been more reserved, “he’s a quiet kid who does what he’s supposed to,” says head track coach Aaron Kimpton. He goes on to add, “I never once have to tell him to be on task.”
Alonzo’s mother, Kijuana Boulrece, has seen Alonzo mature and grow into the confident senior he is today, “we have seen him mature a lot more during the past two years at East.” She goes on to add, “Alonzo knows the value of being a student athlete. As a person, he is compassionate, goal-oriented, and humble.”
As Alonzo has grown physically into the student athlete he is today, he has also grown into a quiet leader his teammates can always look to as an example as well as support. “[Alonzo] gets along great with his teammates, and is an ideal athlete for track because he’s always excited and does what he is supposed to,” says Kimpton.
It’s not just as an athlete that Alonzo serves as a mentor. Alonzo serves as a youth assistant leader and sound engineer for youth ministry at Life Changers. He is a “big brother” to two “younger brothers,” and helps coach with his father at the YMCA.
Hard work and dedication to his craft have paid off for Alonzo, as he set a personal record earlier this year in the shot put at 44 ft. 6 inches, went over 40 ft. at the Illinois State Invitational, and was the top mark during Oswego East’s dual meet vs. Sandburg.
Alonzo’s dedication to improvement and consistent and driven work ethic has helped him achieve a huge amount of success in the classroom as well. Alonzo has earned a 3.5 G.P.A., and has challenged himself by taking challenging courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition, AP Physics, and numerous honors courses over the past four years.
Coupled with his involvement in sports, clubs such as the Black Student Association, and his score of 31 on the ACT, Alonzo was accepted into the computer software engineering program at Purdue University, which he will be attending in the fall.
Alonzo’s Honors Digital Electronics teacher, Michael Dutton, has witnessed the same attributes that have made Alonzo successful in sports translated to the classroom, “Alonzo is a bright student who is always on top if his work, works tremendously well with others, and is well liked among everyone,” says Michael. He goes on to add, “given a challenge, [Alonzo] doesn’t give up until he has completed the task.”
As far as his future, Michael says, “I see Alonzo being successful at anything he puts his mind and heart to. I can definitely see him thriving in the computer software field, and look forward to seeing where life leads him.”That future looks incredibly bright as Alonzo winds down his career at East. As someone who has found his path to success through hard work and persistence, Alonzo advises future Oswego East Wolves to, “make sure [they] work hard from the beginning of school and don’t fall behind.”
As the weather begins to turn and indoor track season turns into outdoor track season, the East family is pulling for Alonzo and his teammates to leave their mark on East in a big way.