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Justin Walker: Intellectual and helping hand

Daniela Sanchez, Staff Writer

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Before the 11th grade, senior Justin Walker had never stepped out into a Volleyball court to play an actual game. Though he was always considered athletic and outgoing, Volleyball, to him, was simply just another P.E sport. Up until 12th grade, when Walker had extra time on his hands and decided Volleyball would be a fun sport to join.

From tryouts to practices and games, it was then that he realized that volleyball is a sport he truly enjoys. “I really love volleyball, and I have excelled greatly in the games since my first year trying out,” Walker said.

Playing the position Libero in Volleyball is just the beginning of everything Walker juggles throughout his day. He is also in an environment club named “Interact”, in a program called “Upward bound Math and Science”, and is taking both AP Psych and AP Calculus classes. However, he truly seems to have it all under control, and maintains good grades and a high GPA.

“I just break up the homework into parts in order to get it done, and that also helps me with studying,” Walker said. “I don’t really feel overwhelmed at all, but I do have trouble with paying for things like AP exams, prom, and all the memorable events seniors have coming up this second semester.”

When Walker isn’t attending Interact meetings the club has every other Friday, he is out at their volunteering events.

“What I enjoy the most about Interact is that most of the experiences gained from the club are the volunteering events that we do because it’s not just work that we are doing for free, but it’s also having fun with friends and learning different skills that can later be used in a workplace,” Walker said.

“Justin is very dependable, and he always comes through when he says he’s going to do something,” Interact adviser, Jacqueline Petrillo said. “He comes up with great ideas, and overall he’s just very social and sweet guy.”

Regardless of everything he already has on his plate, when it comes to helping others, Walker is always there.

“”I think Justin has helped improve Interact simply by being there and helping those in need,” his fellow Interact member, senior Selena Torres said. “He simply has a big heart, and is always there when someone needs him.”

With volleyball being one of his main priorities, he focuses on enhancing his skills and keeping his head in the game.

“On days when I’m not doing too good on certain aspects, I focus on those aspects I’m messing up on and try to improve,” Walker said.

For Walker, it’s all about keeping heat in the game while also having fun and enjoying it.

“I am very emotional when it comes to sports, so me doing bad may trigger a redemption mode,” said Walker. “I just love volleyball, and that itself motivates me to continue playing and to give it my all.”

Overall, Walker considers volleyball as his stress reliever, and doesn’t give up on bettering himself.

“Every other day is a different day for me,” Walker said. “One day I suck at hitting the ball, but the next I might be the best.”

After Walker’s graduation in June 2017, he will continue on with his volunteer work and already has a paid internship for the summer that was given to him for being in the program Upward Bound. He has also decided to continue playing volleyball throughout his years that he will be attending college.

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