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Darian Jones, Ritenour

Darian Jones, Ritenour Scholar-Athlete

Academic rank: 27 of 317

Sports: football, wrestling, volleyball

Academic bio: Honor roll (four years) ... Ritenour Academic Letter (four years) ... Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-State football ... Ritenour Wrestling and Football Academic Award.

Athletic bio: All-conference Football honorable mention ... second-team all-conference wrestling ... wrestling state qualifier.

Activities: National Honor Society ... National Math Honor Society ... Eagle Scout ... participated in school musical ... Woodson Terrace Community Clean-Up leader ... Boy Scout canned food drive participant ... Special Olympyics school volunteer.

College, major: University of Northern Iowa, accounting and entrepreneurship

Goal: "I plan to become an accountant while at the same time be an entrepreneur.  I want to be an accountant because I am good with numbers and I want to have a stable career.  Meanwhile, I will enterprise multiple businesses because I enjoy the game of it and I like competition."

Favorite subject: Business.  "I very much enjoyed classes such as entrepreneurship, business management, etc. because I want to go into business when I go to college."

Favorite book: Beowulf

Favorite musician: The Weeknd, Drake, and Taylor Swift

Role model: "I consider my parents role models most of all, Karen and Derrick.  I couldn't have asked for better leaders to follow. And also, I consider my wrestling coach Conye Ausar a role model.  He has taught me a lot in my 3 years of wrestling about wrestling per se and about life in general." 

Personal story: "I entered my sophmore year not knowing what winter sport I was going to compete in.  Basketball went alright freshman year, but it did not feel proper.  Coach ausar, the wrestling coach, caught me in the hallway one day and invited me to try out wrestling. I did.  As unsure as I was about it, I stuck with it and gave it a shot.  My first year i was unsure, I did not have any prior experiences, but coach told me I was a "fast learner," and that "You WILL be a state qualifier by your second year."  Through blood, sweat, and tears I made it to state my second year, wrestling 15 pounds up too.  I consider this one of my biggest accomplishments, not only because I made it to state, but because I started late compared to other wrestlers who start as babies, I worked hard, and proved to myself as my coach told me that anything is possible."