Alexander Duke ’14

During his senior year, in what would be his third season of Sprint Football, Alexander tried to be a leader both on and off the field by example.  Alexander came to practice ready to work everyday, constantly pushing himself to the point where he thought that his body would just give up.  And three years later, as a senior, he had successfully earned a spot as a second string nose tackle.  Alexander constantly strove to teach the younger guys, whenever they got down on themselves – never stop improving, because with hard work and persistence, anything is possible.  Off the field, Alexander’s responsibility as a student always came first.  Being pre-med, the need to constantly perform well academically was stressful, but the practices and training in Sprint Football actually served as mental outlet that allowed him to release his stress and “recharge” for school.  During his time at Cornell, Alexander made Dean’s List 7 out of 8 semesters, became a member of Cornell’s 400 Club (i.e. earned a 4.0 in season) and is on track to graduate magna cum laude.  Outside of school, Alexander also partook in student research in the Nutritional Sciences department and participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca for two years.  This coming fall, Alexander plans on attending medical school (either at SUNY Stony Brook or Columbia).  While he is not exactly sure what field he would like to pursue at this point in his life, Alexander sees himself specializing in some form of surgery – maybe orthopedics or cardiothoracic.