10 MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE AT KOFA: Allen Alonso
May 15, 2012 • Leslie Verdugo, Features Editor
Filed under Features
There are those who slack during their first year of high school, and then there are those who hit the ground running. For Allen Alonso that can be taken literally, especially with his involvement in track. He has spent his freshman year as involved as one can get in their school, and has a few things up his sleeve.
Alonso is a born and bred Yuman, and has been here all his life. As a child he was nurtured by more educational channels such as Discovery, National Geographic, and the History Channel. Up until recently Alonso rarely watched cartoons, but he has recently taken a liking to Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adventure Time. The outdoors however, called to him at an early age and still calls him today.
At school, Alonso has joined the soccer and the track team. Since the age of five he has played soccer, and now as a King he played for the J.V. soccer team. Soccer, to him, is a great teacher of responsibility and it’s just something he loves. Even though he plays soccer he has no favorite soccer team (unlike his father who is a Chivas fan). In track he participates in various events such as the long-jump, high-jump, 200-meter dash, and 300 hurdles. The highest he has jumped was a height of 5’8”, and in the long-jump he has reached 19 feet. He plans on continuing both sports next year.
Apart from his sportive nature, he has expanded his interests towards a few clubs. In JSA he does his best to debate and hold his own at the podium. He can argue about any topic without a problem. Alonso is also the Freshman class treasurer, and may run for it an officer position again next year.
Outside of class he has his hobbies which involve his yo-yo and the Rubix cube. The yo-yoing he does is not the usual up-and-down routine that most people do. He said, “last year my brother introduced me to it”, and the yo-yo used for tricks is a large, metal one that stays down longer. Today, he owns his own professional yo-yo that cost him around $20. To him this pastime is a lot more difficult to work with than the Rubix cube. The Rubix cube for him was a challenge he posed himself, and soon quickly overcame. He feels though that the yo-yo is “a lot more difficult because of the level of skill involved.” Due to his limited time schedule Alonso does not get to practice it very often but he still loves it. Although he has lived here most of his life, Alonso has dreams beyond Arizona.
With nothing but dry scenery to look at Alonso has aspirations beyond Arizona. He has a vague idea of where he wants to go once he graduates. As of now it is between a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics or in Engineering. It is still early to know where he is going, but claims to know for sure he will not go to a school in-state. His sights are set on the East coast according to him, and that maybe he hopes in traveling to Europe.