On Monday, Markos Papakosmas, winger for SoccerViza Football Club’s u14 Black, represented Nathan Hale Middle School at the State Banquet where he was recognized for winning the ‘Scholar Leader Award’.
“This is a huge honor for me and my family,” Papakosmas said. “I appreciate my teachers for nominating me. My principal and staff also supported me throughout my three years of middle school.”
The Scholar Leader Award is an award given to a student who displays good qualities in and outside of the classroom. At Nathan Hale Middle School, the recipient of this award is known for creating an environment that positively influences classmates and is also recognized for submitting high quality work. Votes among teachers put Papakosmas in a position to be one of three finalists. The soon-to-be freshman in High School then had to write an essay on “Growth Mindset”, which consisted of how him and his family have triumphed over certain challenges in life.
Papakosmas said maintaining a 4.0 grade point average for three years was not easy because soccer is also time-consuming.
“A big part of it is prioritizing my work,” Papakosmas said. “When I come home, I usually try and finish before I even sit down so that I could have time for either soccer or more work.”
Having a supportive team and coaching staff at SoccerViza FC has made life easier according to Papakosmas. He also said having an open mind and finding the motivation to get better every day keeps him one step ahead.
“I enjoy the family-like atmosphere at SoccerViza,” Papakosmas said. “The coaches really care about your success. Your teammates don’t want to put you down, they want to carry you up and help you with your challenges.”
Markos Papakosmas will be attending Norwalk High School next school year. He hopes to continue his student-athlete role and make freshman, Junior Varsity, or Varsity.