KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SUBWAY, CELL TECH AND PETERS HEATING AND AIR
MACOMB HIGH SCHOOL
Position: Offensive Line, Tight End, Defensive End
Honors: 2012 2nd Team All Conference Selection
Academic Honors: National Honor Society
Outside Honors: Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America
Intended Area of Study: Chemical Engineering or Psychology
Alema Stone "I try to lead more by example than words though. For people to follow we with what I do, not by what I say."
The example Alema Stone sets is certainly worthy of emulation, provided you can keep up. Honor Roll student. Standout football player on both sides of the ball. And yes, Eagle Scout; as prestigious a service commendation as a young man can attain. Those accomplishments speak volumes about Alema's character and ability. But so to does the seamless transition he's made into the Macomb community and Bomber family after moving here from Arizona two years ago.
Alema Stone: "Temperature was pretty much the only big change. The size difference was a little shocking at first but it's not too bad...Everyone's really nice. Sometimes I think I've been here my whole life because they've taken me in so well. I really like it."
Duerr: Just the fact that you've been able to jump in and play so much and play so well. How much fun has that been in this program?
Alema Stone: "It's been really fun. I think it's been more than I could ask for. Honestly, just coming in and having fun with the guys. Playing what I love the most, which is football."
Duerr: From a football standpoint, obviously you've come a long way in the way that you play, and you've played a couple of different positions, and that versatility has clearly helped you. What do you think characterizes you as a football player?
Alema Stone "Just hardworking and self-motivated. Everything falls in place as long as I am hardworking and push myself."
The Stones moves to Macomb when Alema's Father took a teaching job at WIU. So its probably not a big surprise that he is as serious about his educational and future vocational goals as he is about cleaning up a tackle.
Alema Stone: "I just make my priorities straight. School is always before sports, which is what I have been taught. And I just keep it like that...honestly, my mom is the one who is the big push on education. My Dad is kind of the laid back one. But they both make sure that school is a big priority in our lives."
Alema Stone: "I want to go to a Division University. I haven't decided which yet but I have a couple in mind...I am thinking most likely Chemical Engineering or Psychology."