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Isaiah Scott, West Orange High School Athlete of the Week

WEST ORANGE, NJ - When he’s not returning an interception 80 yards for a touchdown or being named to the Boys' Basketball All-Area Team, West Orange High School Senior Isaiah Scott goes through each day with his future in mind. Scott is an outstanding athlete, playing Mountaineer football as a slot receiver on offense and a free safety on defense, and is also a shooting guard on the high school's basketball team.

Scott was was born in Pittsburgh and moved to West Orange in the sixth grade. Since then, his list of athletic achievements at the high school level have reached impressive levels with no end in sight.  As Scott begins his senior year, he has the unique opportunity to enter a realm of athletic accomplishment where very few have gone before.  However, Scott’s life doesn’t just consist of being an opposing quarterback’s worst nightmare or driving hard to lane. Isaiah Scott the person, that less people may know, is just as extraordinary.

Self-motivation is paramount in athletics at any level.  Without motivation, there is no will to perform.  However, self-motivation can only take an athlete so far.  What gets Scott through the hundred-degree heat waves of training camp, the double teams, and those critical fourth quarters is not always his coaching staffs. Scott’s greatest inspiration comes from a coach who is at his disposal 24 hours of the day and not always wearing the collared shirt donned with the “WO”.  Scott’s X-Factor is his Mother Chanda.

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“I’ve had some very inspirational coaches in my life, but the one who sticks out to me is my Mother.  She’s been with me through thick and thin, no matter what.” Scott said. “Without her, there is no me.”

Scott’s future is bright for more than just athletic potential. Scott brings life to the term student-athlete. He’s a student first and an athlete second.  Isaiah wants to attend a school that’s going to value his education just as much as he does.  In the coming years Scott wants to major in Logistics, pursuing a career in which he can make sure companies run efficiently as possible.  But, in the meantime he can be found walking the halls of WOHS, taking shots in the Tarnoff Gymnasium, and lighting the scoreboard at Suriano Stadium.

 

 

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