During an academic summer program at Harvard University this past summer, Edili Rosario was given a ton of work to do and only a week to do it.
“I would go to the gym, go anywhere but do my homework,” said the TechBoston Academy sophomore volleyball player, whose procrastination caused her to fail one of her summer classes at the Crimson Summer Academy. “I’m the type that if I fail I think the world ended.”
During the summer program’s college preparatory class, an instructor told Rosario and her classmates that they had better learn how to manage their time in high school, because it will be a much harder lesson to learn in college.
The lesson was more than learned by Rosario and it paid off when she was named the Boston Scholar Athlete program’s November Scholar-Athlete of the Month.
“I literally screamed in class,” Rosario said of her reaction when the BSA Zone facilitator at her school, Terrell Maddox, told her that she won the award. “I was happy and emotional at the same time. It was very exciting for me.”
In their nomination of the second-year volleyball player, Maddox and TechBoston’s Zone Assistant Alise Dumais said that Rosario visits the Zone every day, carries a 4.33 GPA and works at the Bird Street Community Center with children ages 6 to 18 years old.
“She is an incredibly hard worker on and off the court it was honestly a no-brainer,” Maddox said of nominating Rosario. “She puts in countless hours in the Zone. She is in there every day and comes in after school.
“She’s a strong leader. She showcased that leadership and dedication I’m looking for. It was an obvious choice for me.”
Maddox also said that Rosario is the first student from TechBoston to win the award.
“That’s a very cool accomplishment,” he said, “I think that’s pretty amazing. It speaks for itself. She’s a great person to be around. She’s great with her teammates.”
Dorchester coach Amie Capodanno, who just completed her second year as head coach, said Rosario has stayed positive even though the team went 2-12 last year and were 3-11 this year.
“Lilly has been such an exceptional leader, she’s at practice on time, she really shows by example, she will warm the team up without coaches being around, she knows how to take hold of the team,” Capodanno said. “She will get the balls, get the net set up and get the practice going before [the coaches] are there.
“On the court she’s just encouraging kids always. She doesn’t let herself get too down when we’re losing. She tries to be supportive as possible. When she’s on the bench she’s one of the loudest on the team. She’s always energetic and just someone you can count on every game.”
Rosario said when she first joined the team last year she worried she wouldn’t be able juggle both academic and sports.
“I was able to handle it pretty well, I thought I wouldn’t be able to, but I pushed myself to see if I could,” she said. “I balanced it out and it worked out well and I did it again this year and it’s worked out well.”
And, of course, her secret to success is keeping busy.
“So I’m never really looking around trying to count the stars or something,” she said. “I’m always keeping myself busy.”
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