The second year of Corona del Sol and winner of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, Zuri Glenn. (Photos provided by Andrea Glenn)
Olivia Eisenhauer is a student at ASU Cronkite School of Journalism tasked with covering Corona del Sol High School for AZPreps365.com
Zuri Glenn, a sophomore at Corona del Sol High School, received the National African American Athlete Alliance’s Phoenix Chapter Vulture Athlete of the Year award for the current school year.
But what is seen in his eyes as an honor is also the expectation set.
“It’s normal, sort of,” Glenn said. “You just need to have good grades and then I guess I’m lucky to be good at sports and have good grades in school and then they have a price for that.”
You could argue that this is how Glenn – and his three siblings – were raised, as he also won the award as a seventh grader.
The award recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, which Glenn surpasses to 3.5, then a review committee reviews the nominations and decides on two varsity athletes each year.
For Glenn, it’s literally in the genes.
Andrea, his mother, is an educator and works for the Department of Education under the direction of the state superintendent and previously coached volleyball and softball in high school to add to that.
“He grew up in a drilling house that you are [in school] and you’re a high school athlete, ”Andrea said. “We have to make sure we keep him humble, making sure he puts God and his grades first and everything else falls into place.”
The Glenn family travel 27 km each morning to Corona del Sol from downtown Phoenix to get the maximum amount of sporting and academic opportunities.
His dedication in the classroom goes hand in hand with Glenn’s for athletic success. Since the age of three, he has met athletic coaches, such as Arizona State alumni and former Atlanta Falcon Marcus Brunson.
And that shows, as an airside, that he has a personal best of 24.02,200m, 52.89,400m and 2: 11.7,800m in freshman last season and is a wide receiver for the team. junior college football team of the Aztecs.
Even in second year, Zuri knows that training pays off and translates between each season.
“He’s going to ask for additional training now,” his mother said. “It doesn’t come from us as parents anymore, it comes from him and we’re very proud of him now that he’s putting these things in motion.”
Corona del Sol track coach Patrick Scott also spoke about how mature the sophomore is at his age.
“He is someone who will care about the organization he is a part of and who is involved and how he progresses within it,” Scott said. “He’s not just going to be happy to be good, he constantly wants to improve and become better.”
Scott also said he was a silent leader, but also always wanted to improve those around him.
In addition to her involvement in the surrounding community, Zuri and Andrea launched the Run Your Life campaign last year alongside her trainer, Michael Brunson. The campaign gave several children in need new track crampons and access to free community resources like a spring camp for speed and agility.
“I think it just means more to him,” Scott said. “He is able to care more and wants to influence and change things, not just being there for fun.”
As for his own future, his goal is to play in Division I, as evidenced by his biography of Hudl, who states: “As a wide receiver who also races in track and field, I am determined to earn my place for a D1 scholarship! ” Academically, he feels his future is in sports journalism.
“The most important thing for me is that I want my son to be happy, I want him to be successful, I want him to be able to accomplish everything he has set himself for and everything he wants. wants, ”Andrea said.
Of course, all parties involved are grateful for the award received.
“Thank you Mr. Scott for giving me this award,” Glenn said of thanks for the award. It’s a great honor, I appreciate God allowing this to happen, my parents pushing me about my grades and my coaches helped me do well on the field.
To conclude the speech, “A big thank you to everyone except me for putting me in the right position for me to get this award.”