When Darrius Patterson learned that he was named the Boston Scholar Athletes program June Scholar Athlete of the Month, he thought there was surely someone else who deserved it more.
“Oh, I always feel that there is somebody out there working harder than me,” he said. “It’s just me. I don’t like all this attention and spotlight being on me.”
But that doesn’t mean the award doesn’t give the recent Dorchester Academy graduate, who played football and basketball, pure joy.
“Deep down it feels great, really great,” he said. “I truly am blessed to have this award and be honored for these things.”
A two-time BSA Most Valuable Scholar Athlete in football and basketball who was recently selected to join the All-BSA team, Patterson made honor roll the last two terms and finished this year with a 3.4 GPA. That’s after spending much of his high school career just doing the bare minimum to be eligible to play sports.
Patterson was nominated as Scholar Athlete of the Month by Shanell Mosley, the BSA facilitator at Dorchester.
“He’s been an outstanding leader,” Mosley said. “Not one teacher can say anything negative about him because he’s a hard worker and most importantly he’s very humble. When I told him he was selected he said, ‘No Miss, no Miss, give that to somebody else.'
“It’s great that he’s finally being recognized for his commitment to being a scholar athlete. He’s proven his athletic ability. However, I was very impressed with him [academically] this last term. He applied for colleges, took finals, and was juggling personal family issues and he still approached everything with such grace and composure.
"I was impressed with him despite his circumstances of what’s going on in his life. He always accepts a challenge.”
A member of the Dorchester Academy Scholar-Athlete Advisory Council, Patterson is the first Scholar Athlete of the Month from his school.
“That’s even better,” he said. “Hopefully it will get the school out there and show people we do positive things at Dorchester and motivate the other students so they can be motivated to do something like this and hopefully someone else will be selected.
“I feel honored and grateful.”
Patterson said he couldn’t have won the award without the help of his coaches. He also said it gives him confidence as he goes forward with his studies. He will attend Bunker Hill Community College in the fall and study criminal justice.
He hopes to transfer to a four-year school eventually and play college football.
“Oh yes, it gives me a tremendous amount of confidence,” he said. “I know being rewarded for my academics, which I know is not my strong suit, that I can pull it off. It gives me great confidence that when college comes around, I can do anything that deals with the work.
“It makes my family proud of me knowing I’m doing something in school trying my hardest to be successful in life and what not.”
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