“The track program established by Mr. O’Connor instills a type of work ethic you cannot teach.”
Richard “Okie” O’Connor Scholarship
“Being named the Worcester State Freshman Athlete of the Year was pretty special,” says communication major Andrew Johnson ’14.
Andrew, a key member of WSU’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, specializes in the high jump. Practicing 90 minutes a day five days a week in addition to regular strength-building workouts, he has won accolades in many post-season tournaments – all while holding down a part-time job and maintaining a 3.4 GPA.
“I like being in a track atmosphere,” Andrew observes. “It’s really satisfying when you go for higher heights and make it. And my track mates are my friends. We really support each other.”
He also draws inspiration from his coach, Matthew Swett ’05, who excelled in the high jump, decathlon, and hurdles during his years as a student at WSU. “He’s a great athlete who takes a lot of pride in what he does,” Andrew says. “I respect how he can be your coach and best friend at the same time.”
Andrew is aiming for a career making videos for sports commercials. In the meantime, he’s making the most of his time at Worcester State. He is also appreciative of receiving the Richard “Okie” O’Connor Scholarship.
“The track program established by Mr. O’Connor instills a type of work ethic you cannot teach,” adds Andrew. “It is learned through hours of hard work and success on the track or field.”