Football player tackles a loaded schedule

Hector Delgado will do whatever it takes.

The senior, who plays linebacker for the varsity football team and is a member of the ROTC program was recognized on Telemundo, the Hispanic news channel, for being named student of the month.

“It felt great to have been recognized for a great accomplishment,” Delgado said. “I was stunned that my coach had chosen me to represent DHS to encourage people out there. You can do anything you want to do.”

Hector has devoted time and effort to not only playing football, but also ROTC. On top of that, he has school and family to be a part of, as well.

“I need to balance my life with my families – ROTC being my second family and football being my third family,” Delgado said. “I need to have enough time to be part of everything I love to do”

Hector knows he can perform better on the field, which makes him stay motivated in the sport. He is encouraged by his fellow teammates, who he calls his brothers.

“Being on the football team means that you don’t quit and you can rise up to any challenge,” Delgado said. “To me, it is that I can trust my teammates that they have my back and that I feel part of a family.”

Every time he steps onto the field, Delgado tries to give his absolute best. And if he messes up, his teammates correct him and encourage him to get it right the next time.

“I benefit from football a lot because it is a good stress reliever to just go out and hit someone else,” Delgado said. “Football has taught me to be a better person in grades and conditioning. It helps me also whenever someone tries to start something, that it is best to just walk away.”

If he is not on the field playing, Hector gives good advice to the younger players on the field. He tries not to yell at them if something went wrong. Hector would do anything for his players. He loves them to death.

“Hector is the young man you hope all your athletes train like,” head football coach Kevin Atkinson said. “Whether he’s in the weight room or in practice, he’s very attentive, he’s always gives 100%, and he tries to do things exactly the way they need to be done.”

Hector tries to be a good player, learning his assignments and doing what he is coached to do.

“He’s kind of a role player on our team; he’s really kind of our special teams captain,” Atkinson said. “He’s backed up a couple different spots on defense, a spot play there, but he’s a mainstay on our special teams and kind of a spiritual leader.”

Hector was inspired by his 5th grade teacher at Villacorta Elementary, Mr. Bates who was a Marine. Hector now wants to follow in his teacher’s footsteps, using ROTC as preparation for his Marine career.

“I want to be a Marine to serve my country and be able to travel the world and inspire kids in different parts of the world,” Delgado said. “When I first told my parents I was going to join the Marines, they weren’t so happy. They were more concerned than anything if I would come back. Lately, they have been supporting me with my decision.”

As a senior in ROTC, a lot is expected from Hector. However, Colonel Robert West says he’s exceeded those expectations.

“Hector has grown tremendously,” West said. “He started off not knowing what to do – now he wants to be a Marine. He has had a great time preparing for that.”

Even though his time in high school is coming to end, those around him know he will be successful.

“I know Hector will be successful in the Marines,” West said. “He knows the difference from right and wrong. If he is told something he does it the first time; not asked more than once. Hector is a pleasure to be around.”