Samuel Vasquez - Athlete of the Week - Feb. 2017

Posted on: 02/06/2017


St. John Paul II Catholic High School - Athlete of the Week - February 2017

Samuel Vasquez - AOW - Feb. 2017

Samuel Vasquez
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
4.37 GPA
Sports: Swimming

When Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, everyone thought there would never be another swimmer as good as he. That is, until Michael Phelps came along and broke that record with eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The point is, there will always be the next amazing athlete who comes along and outdoes the one before them. Perhaps our first Athlete of the Week in the month of February is that athlete to take over that top spot in the pool. Already, Samuel Vasquez is compiling a resume that reads like a road map to the next Olympic gathering in 2020. Sam swims for the Saint John Paul II Catholic High School swim team. He doesn’t just swim, he glides to State Championships and State Records; like the one he won in the 100 meter freestyle. He holds the school record in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 meter freestyle, the 200 meter relay and 100 meter backstroke. He was chosen as a member of the 2016 All North Alabama Select Swim Team. And, if there was any doubt…he’s Captain of the swim team. Sam stays right in his lane in the classroom. He’s a member of the National Honors Society, National German Honors Society and received 1st and 3rd place medals for his scores on the National German Exam. He was also awarded a Naval ROTC Scholarship and has accomplished all this while sporting a forceful 4.37 GPA. Out of the classroom and in to his community, Sam feels the need to serve in all directions. Beginning with the countless volunteer hours he puts forth being a swim coach for the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center and Byrd Spring Aquatic Association. Sam was selected for the Huntsville/Madison County Youth Challenge and for the Military Order of the World Wars Youth Leadership Conference. He is also heavily involved with his church. Congratulations, Sam!

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