Editor’s Note: This is part one of a four-part series discussing the accomplishments and future plans of Southeast District Athletic Board scholarship winners Alek Blevins, Cole Gilliland, T.J. Hoggard, and Nathan Riehl.
Over the duration of his high school career, Alek Blevins has been regarded as a winner.
Need any proof? Three district final appearances, two district championships in one season, a SOC II Defensive Player of the Year award in basketball, and a Division IV All-Southeast District Player of the Year accolade in soccer prove that in spades.
However, despite the hectic schedule that is part of being a three-sport student-athlete, Blevins never lost the desire to excel academically, as well. The South Webster standout was awarded for that dedication in the classroom as the future Shawnee State University soccer athlete received the prestigious $1,000 James Mains Memorial Scholarship, courtesy of the SEDAB (Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board) for his academic and athletic achievements with the Jeeps.
For Blevins, being able to earn a scholarship of such a high prestige is certainly something that the three-sport star certainly doesn’t take lightly.
“It’s an honor,” Blevins said. “It really means a lot to me because this scholarship helps further my education as well as my athletic career. There’s nothing more rewarding than receiving something that I’ve worked so hard to achieve.”
In order to qualify for a SEDAB scholarship, Blevins had to have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale; taken either the ACT or SAT; and have received a minimum of three varsity letters in one OHSAA sanctioned sport or four varsity letters in a combination of any two or more OHSAA sanctioned sports, according to a press release sent out by the SEDAB.
By being a regular A/B honor roll student at South Webster, gaining admission to Shawnee State’s Pre-Med program, and garning a dozen letters as a three-sport athlete, it’s certainly clear that the 5-11 student-athlete blew past all of those standards with ease.
So how did Blevins not only garner tremendous accolades in all three sports, but find the energy to appropriately dedicate himself to his schoolwork?
According to the future Bear, it’s all about how driven one is.
“By staying on task and focusing on my work,” Blevins said of his accomplishments. “I am very self-driven and I surrounded myself with other self-driven individuals. You have to be dedicated. School work has to come first, and then you can focus on sports.”
With his high school career in the books, Blevins will move on to SSU, where the future forward hopes to parlay his successes as a student and as an athlete into a career in anesthesiology.
“Ultimately, my goal is to maintain the good grades and excel in sports,” Blevins said. “I hope to graduate and begin a career in anesthesiology.”
It sounds like a kid that’s got a lot already figured out.
But who would expect anything less? It is Alek Blevins, after all.
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