Scholar-athlete of the Week: Durham Hillside's Imari McLean

From staff reportsFebruary 24, 2014 

Imari McLean

Durham Hillside, 5-foot-4 senior

Academics: 4.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale with extra credit for advanced courses.

Athletics: Volleyball, basketball (freshman and sophomore), indoor track (third in NCHSAA long jump) and outdoor track (ninth in national Junior Olympics).

Other: Hillside student body president; track scholarship to N.C. State.

Book that had an impact was: “The Bible, but if you are talking about another book ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ (by Zora Neale Hurston) because the main character never becomes dependent. She believes in herself and is strong.”

Listens to: “Gospel because I grew up Baptist and the music inspires me, and R&B because it gets me hyped up before a competition or test.”

I was fascinated to learn: “About psychology. It is fascinating to learn about how people think and the reasons they do what they do.”

A friend is always: “There to encourage you and to understand you. They are always there when you need them.”

I lead by: “Acting the way a leader should act. You believe in yourself and the things that you believe are right. You don’t abandon your beliefs and become a follower.”

A person who had a big impact on me is: “Darius Robinson. I was playing basketball and he told my dad I was lightning quick and I should try track. I was so clueless. I never thought about being a track athlete, but coach Robinson threw me out there and taught me how to be a track athlete.”

The most important U.S. document is: “The U.S. Constitution. It governs how we act as a country.”

Add to Mount Rushmore: Barack Obama.

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