Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
IN RECENT times, concerns have been raised about high- school student athletes being allowed to compete to the detriment of their academics.
In fact, many have argued that the balance between sporting achievements and academic accomplishments are usually non-existent in high schools, with sports often wining the battle.
However, that is not the case for one of St George's College's top students.
Scott Allen, one of the all-boys school's promising young sprinters, copped an impressive nine grade ones with seven straight-'A' profiles in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations.
Allen, 17 years old, said, in his mind, no one is smarter than the other, as everyone just requires the right amount of time to achieve his or her goals.
"There's no such thing as bright, it's the effort that you put in," he told The Gleaner.
Allen said, as a student athlete, he was always aware that being a student came first, and that his main purpose at school was always his academics.
"I cannot forget that I have an obligation to school because I am not a professional athlete yet; I am a student," Allen noted.
He said he is always striving to be a complete man, and does not believe anyone should concentrate solely on any one activity, whether it is sports or academics, but the right balance must be struck.
"Some people are very good at sports, and their academics are way down, but I believe that makes you half of a man. So there needs to be that balance," he said.
Allen dismissed the notion that student athletes cannot balance both the books and the play field. However, he said many of these students should be equipped with the necessary training on how to effectively compete and be stellar students at the same time.
An avid video-game player, Allen told The Gleaner that he is fascinated with technology and is looking forward to attending the prestigious research university in the United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after he completes his sixth-form studies. But he is not yet willing to give up his spikes, and is also looking forward to a successful sprinting career.