Scholar Athlete: Jonathan Stevens


Whether he’s on the field, the court or in the classroom, Jonathan Stevens has helped set the standard athletically and academically at Clarence.

This past year with the Red Devils, the senior set a single season record for points scored in a football  season with 155 — a total that also ranked 3rd best in New York State.

But that wasn’t the only history the senior made.  Jonathan also broke the single season record for receiving touchdowns with nine — a mark that stood for 57 years.

“I still haven’t accepted the fact he’s leaving the program,” joked football head coach Paul Burgio.

“All the people in the record book were great athletes for Clarence, great football players” Jonathan said.  “Just seeing my name in the record book was awesome.”

Jonathan accomplished all that and also scored a 1400 on the SAT.

“For every year, learning the playbook, it’s just the same for school,” Jonathan said.  “Just getting it done and making sure I know it and can perform with it.”

“It’s really tough, especially when you play at the level he does and the amount of sports he does,” Burgio said. “At our banquet when he received our white letter for being our top football players, I talked to the younger players in the crowd that he’s the academic piece we want at Clarence.”

Along with balancing his athletic and academic schedules, which are complete with AP and Honors classes, Jonathan was selected as one of 125 students in Western New York for the ECMC Internship program.

“That was awesome,” Jonathan said.  “I got to work with patients and doctors in the head and neck area of the hospital and got to go through patient reports and work with patients.”

An experience he said might help him fulfill his dream of one day continuing to help others as a doctor.

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