Senior Spotlight: Connor Underwood

by Carlene Tausinga, Staff Writer

“Football isn’t Life. But the game plans are the same.” – Rich Kaveinga

All year round, senior spotlight, Connor Underwood, has juggled between AP courses and being an athlete. With an injury that required shoulder surgery, Connor wasn’t able to play football last year. As a fresh start, Underwood was able to come back ready to help spark miracles. Connor has ended his high school football career with an outstanding league championship, but the sports and victory don’t end now. As his high school football career closes it’s page, he is now opening another for the 2013- 2014 baseball season. Being on the field has greatly impacted and shaped who he is today. It has become a realization that eveConnor 1ry person who surrounds him, are competing to achieve the same goal, and only hard work requires to get it. Achieved or failed, dwelling upon it does him no good, but the experience he gets to take out of it and learn from is priceless. Besides the sweat, soreness, and physical pain, his mind is firmly set on his education.

He has been able to combine his athlete life with the college course classes, showing students that being an student- athlete is possible. He is a multi-tasker, involved in the Eagle Club, Operation Smile, for the past 3 years, proving to be a leader off the field. Leadership, perseverance, and endurance have all become a piece of him. But it isn’t only the sports and clubs that has shaped who he is. Leading role model, Coach Steve Shevlin has been by his side, creating a better and bigger person out of him, whether it is on or off the field. Connor hopes to continue baseball in college and to pursue a career in business. As graduation day comes closer, Underwood hopes to be remembered for his sportsmanship and friendship he had for everyone. If there is anything he will miss about high school , it will be being the people who know him inside and out. Connor Underwood: leader, achiever, student, athlete, smiler, has definitely lived his high school career to its fullest.

Senior Spotlight: Daniel Zeman

by Carlene Tausinga, Staff Writer

Zeman 1Senior Quarterback, Daniel Zeman, has come a long way. A road that has shaped who he is now and has bettered him for the future. He’s embraced the leadership, the priceless moments and the point of taking chances with no regrets. Football has catered to his greatness, by teaching him the real aspects of competition and the importance of striving. Sophomore year, Zeman played with a broken wrist on his throwing hand. As hurtful as that sounds, he lead the team to a league championship. Daniel has been seen for taking his burdens and putting his strength above it. Like a game plan that goes wrong, those set backs have made him realize that on the field, and especially in his life, he cannot let the unanticipated sudden checks, bring him down. When the day he raises his cap comes, he hopes to walk off this campus with a legacy: his respect, adversity and perseverance. The Friday night lights and the adrenaline rushing in his blood, the crazy unforgettable relationships made, and the moments that provoked laughter, will be by far, the momentsZeman 5 he will miss! He has realized that the touchdowns, throws and statistics in football will be forgotten, but the young man that grew in him, will always be preserved. Daniel, who was Seattle-made, and California-raised, moved to El Segundo his second grade year. By far, his childhood and youth has been great. He hands his utmost respect to the people who have played a massive role into creating his self-identity. From his coaches from his toddler days and present day and to his great support system: his family and friends who rooted him on near and afar. Daniel Zeman: Senior, Leader, Fighter and Believer, has definitely made his mark for the class of 2014.