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Bishop Carroll senior Brian Simon is proud to be a Golden Eagle.
“I love Bishop Carroll because it’s a great school with teachers who care about their students and helping them prepare for college,” he said.
Simon is a track and field athlete who also participates in Shocker Track club, National Honor Society, and Liturgy club. He says he has done the pole vault for as long as he could. He credits his coach with sparking his interest in the sport and helping him reach the level he is at now.
“My pole vault coach, Dennis Frazier, was the one who got me to fall in love with pole vault and he has helped me get to where I am now,” he said.
Reflecting on his high school track career, Simon has one moment that stands out above the rest.
“My favorite moment in track and field was regionals at North West,” he said. “I vaulted a new PR [personal record] of 16’4” to take the state lead and win the regionals meet. This meant a lot to me because of friends and family in the crowd watching me, but also because the mark that I hit is a huge accomplishment for pole vaulters. At 16 foot and beyond, you become one of the best vaulters in the nation.”
Throughout athletic accomplishments and everyday student life, Simon tries to keep his ultimate role model in mind.
“My role model is Jesus Christ because he gave himself entirely to and for others,” said Simon. “He sacrificed himself completely to save all of humanity I strive to be able to love with that same love.”
Simon realizes that reaching his goals requires hard work, so he always strives for high standards.
“I’m motivated to be my best in everything I do because I know that actions speak louder than words and that if I ever want to accomplish anything worthwhile in life, I will need to give my all to achieve that goal,” he said.
After high school Simon plans to continue his pole vault career as well as pursue his dream of becoming a pilot.