Markens Pierre has priorities straight

Special to the Sun/courtesy photo.  Markens Pierre with Glades Day Coach John Pitts.

Special to the Sun/Courtesy photo.
Markens Pierre with Glades Day Coach John Pitts.

Markens Pierre will wrap up his high school football career in the next few weeks. The Glades Day Gator said he felt this season and his four years at the school went well and he enjoyed every moment.

He wants to play college football and plans to enter the military. The Army and Navy are his top choices.

His older brother Markenson Pierre was a defensive back for the Army Cadets in 2005-2006 and served as the inspiration for Markens to try the sport of football.

“He got me interested back in the fifth grade. I tried Pop Warner, little league and it carried on through high school,” he noted.

Pierre had started on defense since the ninth grade. He also is the team’s leading rusher this year. “It is a fun sport if you love contact and the physicality of it,” he noted.

Pierre though has his priorities straight as he works as hard in the classroom as he does on the gridiron. He has a grade point average of 3.7 as of this semester.

“Always remember to stay on those grades because that is more important,” he noted, “Football doesn’t last forever and at some point it will come to an end.”

Pierre said he just balances his time and attention to both football and academics. He gets his work ethic from his parents, his father Audris Pierre and his mother Icleda Pierre.

“My parents instilled in me the value of hard work,” he noted. His father came to the United States from Haiti and had to work hard as a migrant worker to make ends meet. Markens took notice and learned some valuable lessons from that.

“He always taught me the values in life, to always be grateful, and to take advantage of any opportunity you get. He taught me to always be appreciative of what you have because others don’t have it as good as you.”

Pierre has yet to choose what career he will pursue once he joins the military. “I have time and I’m not in a rush to pick one specialty. I just appreciate the situation I’m in and will try to make the most out of it,” he said.

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