Cera Hassinan had every right to come out of the match.
She was just blasted in the face by a soccer ball that left the opposition’s foot from an-all-too-close of a vicinity.
Yet, she cleared her head and pushed forward.
“My face was numb at first I couldn’t come out,” the Mountain Pointe senior said. “The game was intense, my team needed me and I want to be there for them.”
Anyone who knows Hassinan isn’t surprised by the response or the effort she kept giving the rest of the match.
She has something in her makeup that doesn’t allow her to rest very often.
Hassinan plays three sports — cross country and track are the others — she is seemingly involved in just about every single club Mountain Pointe offers, along with carrying a 4.3 weighted GPA.
“Cera approaches everything she is involved in with a certain fervor that drives here to succeed,” Pride athletic director Ian Moses said. “Be it in the classroom or on the pitch, she offers her best.”
Hassinan, a strong defender on the soccer team, is one of those student athletes who exemplifies what the high school experience should be about in becoming a well-rounded person later in life.
Yes, she is a good athlete who finished 51st at the Division I cross country meet and she is in the top 10 percent of her class in GPA, but it is the other stuff that has opened her to more experiences.
In addition to National Honor Society, Hassinan belongs to Language Honors Society, Support our Soldiers, National Sign Language and Fed clubs.
Time to herself is about as rare as a free Friday night to a high school football team in the fall.
“I am used to it and you always find a way to get things done,” Hassinan said. “I am a people person and I like being around others, helping out those who need it.”
She was picked as the Mountain Pointe representative for the first Ahwatukee Bowl Award, which was started by Mayor Stanton’s office this year, at halftime of the annual game.
It’s no wonder considering all that she does and how far she goes to help others.
“She is one of our leaders and it’s been a pleasure watching her grow,” said Pride coach Mark Wilson, who also coached Hassinan in club ball. “She plays hard all the time. She has learned the game and I know I can count on her to be at her best.”
Even the opposition has noticed the effort and respect that Hassinan earns. When she was hit in the face the player who kicked the ball, Desert Vista’s Kelly Watson, came over to make sure she was all right.
“She is a different player, like she physically got better or she knows the game better,” Thunder coach Marvin Hypolite said. “We always know she is going to be tough to beat down the field because she is always hustling.”
Hassinan hopes to parlay her experience, and how good it looks on a college application, at Mountain Pointe into an admission to Johns Hopkins University.
“It would be a dream to play soccer at Johns Hopkins,” she said. “I love the game and it’s my No. 1 school. If it all comes together it would be the best feeling in the world.”
Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.