ConnectEd Summer 2015 - Page 2

2 Sachse HS five-star athlete gears up for stellar senior year A s one of Sachse High School’s star athletes, incoming senior Devin Duvernay is used to being followed by the spotlight. Considering the 17-year-old has already made Sachse history and is one of the nation’s top recruits, it comes as no surprise that Duvernay is looking forward to making the most of his senior year. And that is something the Mustang community is excited to see in 2015-16. “Devin is a model student. For several years now, it has been well known that he is a very talented athlete,” said Principal Ray Merrill. “With a great foundation from his parents and educators at all levels, Devin has taken that talent and exceeded the already high expectations others had of him. I hope everyone in Mustang Country is as excited about this year as I am.” A gifted football and track athlete, Duvernay demonstrated his exceptional talent by becoming the school’s first UIL State Track Meet Champion in May—a satisfying win for the committed competitor. “I dedicate about three hours a day to school athletics,” Duvernay said. “I felt great and relieved when I won gold in the 100-meter dash because all the hard work I put in paid off.” Sachse Head Football Coach Mark Behrens was not only proud of Duvernay’s UIL performance, but glad that he will be remembered in Sachse sports permanently. “It has been a blessing to be able to coach football in general, but to have an athlete like Devin is something that does not happen every day. So it has really been special, for sure,” Behrens commented. “We have had other state champions at other schools in the district, but he will always be Sachse’s first. He is what you want in a student athlete. Not only is he a leader in the building, but on the field and track as well.” Duvernay’s athletic prowess is exactly why he is entering his senior year ranked the nation’s No. 2 football wide receiver recruit. The hometown sensation has currently racked up 45 college offers, and will have even more eyes on him this fall season. “It feels great to be ranked No. 2 because I know what I bring to the table. It is a blessing to be able to perform on a high level, and get my talents noticed,” the humble player stated. A s far as his senior year and future are concerned, the top recruit hopes to achieve big goals. “I plan to just have fun, enjoy myself and have a great senior year on the field and track as long as I am in the school building,” Duvernay expressed. “I want to end high school greatly and have a successful college career on and off the field. I also hope to play in the NFL, and go from there.” On the C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 connected