This week’s #MNPSMVP is Barrett Boese – McGavock High School
Barrett Boese knows that “the race is not given to the swift but to those that endure to the end.” A mantra he uses when it comes to life, and especially to track and field. Boese put this to the test when his parents registered him for his first 5K race in the fifth grade. To his parent’s surprise, Boese did well and beat both of them in the race. This was the beginning of his journey as a runner.
“I have enjoyed running ever since I participated in field day in elementary school,” Boese said. “I would beat everyone I ran against. My passion for running spilled over into middle school and now high school.”
Boese, a senior, is one of McGavock High School’s trailblazers. He serves as a school ambassador, plays saxophone in the band, is a member of Student Council and a member of the American Aviation Association of America – known as Quad A. As a member of the Quad, Boese has been nominated to represent McGavock High School as “Solider of the Year” at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. Adding to his list of accomplishments, he has also been selected as his high school’s “Male Athlete of the Year.”
“Barrett is a remarkable young man. He is smart, hardworking, committed, trustworthy, the list could go on and on,” said George Hood, McGavock High School’s coach for boy’s track and field. “It has been an honor to watch him grow up these past four years and I look forward to seeing what he does in the future. He has an infectious personality and is a natural leader. I know Barrett’s work ethic and respect will take him far in life and in track.”
Boese has been a member of the Raiders track and field team for four years and runs the 400-meter and 800-meter races. He uses cross-country to stay in shape for upcoming track seasons and, along with guidance from Coach Hood, has set personal goals for the track season. At a recent track meet, Boese knocked two seconds off his 800-meter race goal – already running off to a great start.
“It’s an obligation to put forth my best,” Boese said. “I don’t want to let Coach Hood, my teammates, my parents and, especially, myself down.
When Boese is not running laps around the track, he can usually be found spending time with his family, where he is training his younger brother who is running track for his middle school. Even his sister has caught the track and field bug. He serves as an active youth leader for his church planning various youth activities and mission trips.