Dean

Sport: Swimming

School: Lejeune High

Class: Senior

Quick Facts:

• Captain of the LHS Swim Team

• In his second year at LHS

• Has automatic qualifying times for regionals in more than five different events

• Plans on serving in the military

Q: HOW HAVE YOU HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS THIS SEASON? HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A SWIMMER?

A: I started competitive swimming in 7th grade in Okinawa, Japan, but I would largely contribute my success to just grit, discipline and consistent training.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT SWIMMING?

A: I think it is the team aspect: our team spirit and competitive nature. Just being together as a team and competing against the other schools – I find that very exciting.

Q: WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING ON THE SAME TEAM AS YOUR YOUNGER BROTHER?

A: He pushes me, I think. It’s good to have a little brother on the team, because I know that he looks up to me. I want to be a positive role model and set the example by doing the right thing.

Q: ARE THERE ANY ATHLETES YOU LOOK UP TO?

A: For me, it’s not so much athletes; it’s my friends. All my friends in school motivate me to do good every day.

Q: WHY DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE MILITARY?

A: I get asked this a lot. I think it’s the military community, our connection to each other, service and all that we stand for worldwide. I have been fortunate to have grown up as a military child and want to always be a part of the military community. This has really influenced my decision [as well as] what I can offer as a contributing member and future leader [to] make a positive difference wherever military service takes me.

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