skip to main content
Three Sport Athlete Headed for UCLA
Posted On:
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Pioneer Valley football, basketball and volleyball player Kevin Anderson is heading to UCLA in the fall. The three-sport star earned an academic scholarship to the university.  (Photo courtesy of Daniel Dreifuss, SM Times Photographer)
Pioneer Valley football, basketball and volleyball player Kevin Anderson is heading to UCLA in the fall. The three-sport star earned an academic scholarship to the university. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Dreifuss, SM Times Photographer)

Preparing to enter life after high school, that’s what Pioneer Valley senior Kevin Anderson is looking forward to after Thursday’s graduation.

The three-sport athlete — who played football, basketball and volleyball for the Panthers — is looking forward to the challenges that come after high school.

“So much is going through my head. First, I want to make sure I finish everything I need to,” Anderson said. “I am getting prepared to enter what is known as the ‘real world’, making the shift from simple high school to college life and beyond.”

Anderson, who graduates with a 4.40 grade point average, will be attending UCLA. He’ll get financial aid after winning The Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is a good-through-graduation scholarship. It is funded by a 1.6 billion dollar grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and is given to only 1,000 students nationwide each year.

“It’s an academic scholarship but they also emphasize the characteristic of leadership,” Anderson said. “I filled out an application where I talked about my leadership abilities both on and off the field. It’s a scholarship that will pay for my four years at UCLA.”

Following in his fathers footsteps, Anderson will be pursuing a degree in medicine at UCLA.

One of the ways that Kevin has shown leadership is the way that he can balance school with the rigorous schedule of athletics at Pioneer Valley.

“It’s fairly difficult, not a cake walk. It’s a challenge having to balance both,” Anderson said. “The first part of student-athlete is the academic part, so classroom always takes precedence over athletics. I always had that motto that ‘when in doubt just do my homework over go to practice.’”

Athletic Director Greg Dickinson also praised Anderson for the leadership abilities he shows.

“What you look for from your student athletes is if they are a student first. He is committed to being a good student, committed to being involved in ASB and leadership roles,” Dickinson said. “He leads by example with his work ethic and how he carries himself. I’d be proud to have a son as smart as Kevin.”

While Anderson has many moments that he will take with him from high school, one that means a lot to him is a touchdown he scored during Pioneer Valley’s homecoming game.

“On homecoming night, I scored what was the go-ahead touchdown. That was one thing that definitely stuck with me,” Anderson said. “It served as a monumental accomplishment for me and validated my hard work.”

Being a Pioneer Valley Panther means becoming a better person for Anderson.

“It means pride, respect in both myself and those around me, it means honor, leadership both on and off the court,” Anderson said. “It means leading by example, just a high respect for being a Panther.”

Leaving high school is a big step for the senior, as he realizes what he will leave behind and also how he must grow up in a hurry.

“It’s getting to me. I am starting to realize that I am not gong to be a kid anymore. I have to account for myself and its starting to hit me.” Anderson said.

Keep an open mind, that is the advice that Anderson wants to send to incoming freshman and the rest of his fellow Panthers who are still attending PVHS.

“Its a great place for both academics and athletics. Keep an open mind and try new stuff,” Anderson said, “Keep persevering.”

As for how Kevin sums up his time at Pioneer Valley, the word character comes to mind.

“It’s definitely a character builder for me. It’s awe inspiring. The fact that I was able to look back at my freshman self and see the transformation,” Anderson said. “It is humbling as well. It’s character for me.”

Article by Chris Aguirre, Sportwsriter, SM Times 6/5/12

View all Spotlights
Barrueta Named as Horatio Alger Scholarship Winner Cisneros Heading to Stanford Letona Robles Yale-Bound McKee Receives SELPA-Bration Award Magni Accepts South Dakota Offer McKee Honored
Stieger Named Technology TOSA of the Year Drum Major Geronimo Shines Eckardt is Teacher of the Year Carandang Featured as Senior Spotlight Pinedo-Tovar Exemplifies Moral Character SM Times Highlights Morin Ellsworth Selected as HOBY Ambassador Guerra Receives Teacher of Excellence Award Equihua Receives Lots of Great News Castro Honored with Meritorious Service Award Salgado Represents PVHS in Boston Vargas Highlighted by Sun Ilac Receives Honor Smith Named Varsity Baseball Coach Rivas to Sign for Waldorf College Barrera Holds State Title Perez Signs with ASCAP Placencia First to be Honored at State Science Fair Vasquez to Serve as Regional Sentinel Howard to be Honored as Outstanding Career Tech Educator Jones Selected to LCCN First Team Congratulations Ms. Walters Freshman Neal Awarded Letterman's Jacket Gomez to Become a Red Raider Mr. McKee Recognized for His Work with Individuals with Disabilities Soccer Standout Brafman to Represent Brazil in Israeli Games Cervantes a State Champion DJ Claborn Elected in South Coast Region Harvard Bound PV Science Teacher Competes in Russia Foreign Exchange Highlights Belgium Carandang Receives DAR Award Ramirez Receives NMSC Commendation Bautista to Wrestle in Georgia English Teacher Spaht Recognized by CABE PVHS Teachers Honored Cabanas Making a Difference Scanelli Gets Real Life Experience as Volunteer Educators Honored at Annual Celebration Felix-Villarreal to Attend Leaders Conference Barrett No Longer "Wrestling" with College Choice - Will Attend King University Apple Receives Prestigious Award PV Has Second Two-Time All American Barrett Headed for National Tournament Class of 2014 Grad Featured in News-Press Mansera One of Leading Backs in Area Skyler Debuts First Single During Lunchtime Rally Ysip Takes the Stage Chelsea Dionisio Signs to Attend Jamestown University Police Explorers Garner Third Place In Competition Lady Wrestlers Sign Letters to Attend University of the Cumberlands Tell Selected as SM Times All-Area MVP Zaragoza Hits Her Way to Win Athlete of the Week Tompkins Finishes Season with NSBCART Award Ruiz Wrestles to Win Athlete of the Week Award Dulay Named Female Athlete of the Week Chasing the Golden Trifecta Isabelle Rodriguez is Female Athlete of the Week PV Takes Two at Round Table Girls Wrestler Barret Selected as NSBCART Female Athlete of the Week Boys of the Gridiron: Chris Carter Zambrano Receives Distinguished New Educator Award English Teacher, Mr. Ostini, Receives Grant Eduardo Cortes wins Poetry Contest Round Table 2012-2013 - Week 1 Tuba Player to Join Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp This Summer Three Sport Athlete Headed for UCLA Sophomore Wins Local Speech Contest Minerva Club Names Scholarship Winners College Acceptances for Class of 2012 Athletic Roundtable 5-7-12 Athletic Roundtable 4-30-12 Gates Millenium 2012 Scholars Named Athletic Roundtable 4-23-12 PVHS Science Teacher Wins Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Athletic Roundtable 4-16-12 Recognizes Wrestling All-Americans Athletic Roundtable 4-2-12 Velasco Named as New Girls Soccer Coach Athletic Roundtable 3-26-12 Robles Named to Division 5 All-CIF Team New Coaches Take the Fields Athletic Roundtable 3-19-12 Science in Action Project Funded Language Teacher to Study in Spain International Languages Department Member wins Outstanding Teacher Award International Languages Teacher to Present at National Conference Athletic Roundtable 3-12-12 PV Tennis Player to Attend CSU Bakersfield PVHS Science Teacher Finalist for Teacher of the Year Athletic Roundtable 3-5-12 Dance Off! Athletic Roundtable 2-27-12 Boys Soccer Makes History with Quarterfinal Appearance Felix Notches Lone Goal in PV Win Marin Strikes Gold for the Panthers Poetry Out Loud Contest has PVHS Winner PVHS Student a Teen Star Finalist Panthers Take Bite out of Eagles Wild Night of Wrestling Torres Attacks Her Goals