Congratulations to CSF Scholar and Kentridge High School senior Alonso for being named High School Athlete of the Week by the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Inc. and KIRO Radio!
The Seahawks recognized Alonso in a presentation at Kentridge High School on Oct. 10 in front of his family, peers and teachers. He was also recognized on the field during the Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens game on Oct. 20 at CenturyLink Field.
Alonso’s recognition is based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership and athletic performance. He holds a 3.7 GPA while working with CSF College Prep Advisor Elly Mata to prepare for college and be the first in his family to graduate high school and attend a four-year university.
“Alonso created his college plan during his junior year of high school and outlined which classes he needed to take in order to stand out as a competitive applicant,” Elly says. “He has challenged himself to take advanced courses, and he has self-determination and discipline that has influenced his academic journey.”
Outside of the classroom, Alonso has advocated for the Washington State Need Grant to district representatives in Olympia. He was selected to attend the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project Conference where he learned how to address the education gap among the Latinx community. Additionally, Alonso serves as a translator for his family and community and a leader on the football field by uplifting his teammates and helping them perfect their game.
Alonso received a $1,000 grant for Kentridge’s athletic department from the Seahawks along with media recognition, tickets and sideline passes to a Seahawks game, a customized football, and a customized 2019 Seahawks jersey.
Alonso was nominated by Elly, who has supported his college planning every step of the way. “It was a very humbling experience, and it reconfirmed how important it is to highlight our students and their families,” Elly says.
This is the second time this fall that Elly has been able to advocate for our students with a local partner. She was recently showcased by DiscoverU for facilitating Kentridge’s first DiscoverU event in 2018.
Way to go, Alonso and Elly!