“Damaris was one of only two defensive linemen at Overland High School to make 2nd Team All Centennial League this year. I believe that is an amazing accomplishment to achieve especially during such a trying year with so much uncertainty. He was able to focus on his game while also keeping up with school and pushing to receive that athletic recognition.“
My Black Colorado Interview
What school do you attend and what year are you in?
I am a Junior who attends Overland High school.
What do you think others would say that they like the most about you? explain why.
The leadership and pride I have because of football. I always push others and help them better themselves.
When you are not in a class, what are the things you enjoy being involved with? explain why.
I enjoy hanging out with friends, working out, and being on the football field with my guys.
What is the best advice someone has given you recently, who gave you the advice, and how does it apply to your life?
“Do your job and let winning take care of itself” – Coach Barrett(Overlands D-Lind coach). This applies to my life because why get upset at something that is out of your control if you do your job to make sure that it is done right so you have nothing to worry about because the rest will take care of itself
What is one thing you want to get better at? explain why.
I want to get better at staying consistent, because I’ve noticed I’m not always consistent with everything I do in life either if it’s school, football, to working out theirs just a lot of consistency I need to work on
What do you think is one piece of advice that you think adults need to hear, to help them connect with the younger generation better?
One piece of advice I think adults need to hear is that mistakes are normal, but how you react to those mistakes will shape how younger kids think about life. Because if you are going to yell and scream at the kids all the time. I promise nothing going to get through our head because we’ve got emotions just like any adult so it can be us shutting down or us getting mad and arguing back, but if you sit us down and talk that would make a better conversation.
What accomplishments or awards are you most proud of? explain why?
I am proud to say that I was awarded the second Team All-Centennial League because I play in the best league, Colorado. To be noticed by other schools means a lot to me and shows that there was an improvement made from last year, but there is still room for growth.
What impact have you made in the community that you are most proud of? explain why?
Honestly, I just try to be the best role model I can be and try and help my peers understand how to go about certain things.
What do you think you want to do for a career. Explain why?
Well, the easy answer would be a professional athlete, but the real authentic answer would be a Pharmacist or Firefighter because I just want to contribute and help people out.
What role have your parents played in helping you excel in life?
My mother has always supported the decisions that I’ve made. My father has always pushed me in sports to get better, but both of them encouraged me when I was ready to quit football they have always kept me in it and I am grateful for that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing this interview right now.