Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Cross Country · MB Senior Student-Athlete Spotlight: Samuel Alarcon

Tell us about your Family: My parents are Casey and Carlos Alarcon, and I have two siblings Ellie (9th) and Henry (5th).

Hometown: I was born in Marietta and I’ve lived here all my life.

How many years at MBCA: Seems like forever! I’ve been here since Kindergarten, so this will be my 13th year at Mt. Bethel.

Athletic Background: I love watching and participating in sports. I’ve been running cross country and playing soccer at MBCA since middle school. As a freshman, I ran JV Cross Country and helped to create our Varsity Soccer program. I continued to run and play soccer my sophomore and junior years. This year I decided that I wanted to run Cross Country Varsity, so I trained hard over the summer and completed the 200-mile base requirement (that’s the same as running all the way to Nashville from the Upper School). I’m very excited to be one of the captains of the Cross Country team and I look forward to finishing out my final season as an Mt. Bethel Eagle.

As your time at MB is about to end, what is your biggest take away from your years at the school: The biggest takeaway from my time at Mt. Bethel is you can do anything you put your mind to. Many times I would aim too low in school – and athletics – and let my mental doubts get the best of me. If Cross Country has taught me anything, it’s that your mindset plays a significant role in the outcome. If your thoughts going into a run or a race is that you’re not going to do well, chances are you won’t – but experience has taught me that when I keep a positive mindset and focus on “I Can” – instead of “I Can’t” – I’ve run a much better race. I apply this principle to everything I do now. I apply it to my classes, my extracurriculars, and my relationships with my peers. I have a very positive outlook and I truly believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. Hard work and a positive attitude will take you places you never thought possible!

Favorite Class: My favorite class at Mt. Bethel has been Anatomy and Physiology Honors. I enjoyed this class because not only was I learning interesting information, but it was also applicable to my everyday life. The hands-on learning through dissections also made the class very interesting.

Hobbies at MB: One of the great things about being at Mt. Bethel – even though it’s a small school – is the incredible variety of activities you can participate in. I have been a Student Ambassador for all 4 years of high school. I am a part of the Mt. Bethel STEM program on the Biomedical Track. On the spiritual side, I have been an active member of the Chapel leadership and Chapel worship at the school. I have also been involved in the drama program at the Upper School, playing Charlie Brown in the Upper School’s production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. This year, I’m really excited to play Troy Bolton in our upcoming fall production of “High School Musical”.

At Mt. Bethel, you can be an athlete AND a good student AND still find time to participate in other activities. I guess you can tell that I’m very passionate about my Mt. Bethel experience and I love getting involved wherever I can.

Parent’s Best Advice: Integrity is the name of the game.

Best Advice From A Teacher: “Stop watching YouTube and study “- Mr. Chiu

What Advice Would You Give Your 8th-Grade Self About MB HS: Mr. Chiu’s Biology class seems impossible, but if you pay attention in class and ask questions, you’ll have no problem getting a good grade. And, make the most of every opportunity you get- it’ll be over before you know it.

College Choices: University of Georgia (Athens), Belmont (Nashville), Samford (Birmingham), and Georgia College (Milledgeville)

College Major: I would like to major in either Music Therapy or Business Management

Hobbies: I enjoy playing the guitar, singing, performing in musicals, and mountain biking.

Your Hero: Without a doubt – my grandfather. My grandfather is definitely my hero – because of everything he has overcome. He was born in Wrightsville, GA and his family were very poor. At a young age, he lost his father and had to begin working to support his family. Because of the advice – of a teacher – he decided to leave home to pursue higher education. My grandfather was able to get both an undergraduate and a master’s degree all while working a full-time job to support his family back home. With hard work, integrity, and determination, my grandfather was able to achieve the position of VP of Sales at a major Atlanta company. He is my hero because of his strong work ethic, his ability to overcome the odds, and his dedication to his family. He is a constant reminder that it’s not the situation and circumstances of your starting point that determine where you go in life – it’s your work ethic and character.

Where Will You Be in 5 and 10 Years: 5 years from now, I see myself as a graduate of college and working as a music therapist in a hospital. I’d like to think that I’ll have a Labrador retriever ready to welcome me home every day after work! In 10 years, I see myself as the owner of a music therapy center for children with special needs and the elderly with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s always been a passion of mine to use the musical gift that God gave me to better the lives of others. I’d like to think that by then I’ll have started a family and begun the next chapter of my life. I’m hopeful for what the future holds for me and I’m excited to see where I end up!