Whether it was in the classroom or on the athletic field, Mike Mendes '12 has been correct an awful...
Whether it was in the classroom or on the athletic field, Mike Mendes '12 has been correct an awful lot during his two years at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
However, during graduation on May 26, Mike was wrong. For Mike and his family, though, that was a good thing.
Mike, a three-sport athlete and high honors student, received one of the school's most prestigious annual prizes: WMA's Scholar-Athlete Award.
"I didn't see it coming, actually," said the 19-year-old, who graduated with a 3.85 GPA. "I was thinking about it, but I was hoping another kid who has been at the school for a while should get it. People have been there five, six, seven years. Personally, I wasn't expecting to get any awards but I'm thankful the school recognized me. My family was there so that was nice."
So exceptional he was accepted at Boston College and will be given a chance to make the basketball team as a walk-on. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard can't wait.
"I'm ready for it and grateful for the opportunity to play at Boston College because, obviosuly, it's in the ACC," said Mike, who will major in biochemistry at B.C. "Duke was my dream school, but I still have a chance to play an away game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It will be great."