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The Pearl Post

Athlete of the Month: Szymczak races to the top in varsity track and field

Jazmine Valerio
Junior Deven Szymczak runs laps during track and field practice on March 22 at Birmingham Community Charter High School.

Every month, we recognize two student athletes for their performance on the field. This month, we recognize junior Deven Szymczak.

Szymczak is currently on the varsity track and field and cross-country teams for Birmingham Community Charter High School. He first started running because his family deeply inspired him to pursue what became his passion. It is now Szymczak’s third year on the track and field team and he hopes to remain on the team for his last year of high school.

Q: How long have you been running track and field?

A: I have been running since 9th grade. So, about three years.

Q: What is your favorite memory from being on the team?

A: Being able to make new friends as I met my two best friends. I have hung out with them ever since.

Q: How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?

A: I think about all the people counting on me and I try to imagine they’re there.

Q: What was your longest run? How did you do it?

A: My longest run was at Pierce College, which they called Puke Hill, but I pushed through it.

Q: What do you hope to achieve through running?

A: To get the fastest times and hopefully be in the finals.

Q: Do you plan to remain on the track and field team for the rest of high school?

A: I hope and will try to.

Q: Do you prefer cross country or track more?

A: I prefer track because there aren’t as many obstacles like hills.

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Jazmine Valerio
Jazmine Valerio, Yearbook Editor
Jazmine Valerio is a senior and is in her second year as one of the Prestige Yearbook editors. While being a yearbook editor, she is also the 2023-2024 ASB Vice President. In Valerio’s free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, spending time with her family and friends and collecting stuffed animals. Valerio is looking forward to helping design the last yearbook of her high school experience and take part in the Leadership class.
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