Dade Perron of the Merrimack Valley boys cross country team is in the High School Spotlight
This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Dade Perron. Dade, a freshman at Merrimack Valley, has come back from brain surgery earlier this year to run on the cross country team.
Concord Monitor: What’s your favorite part about running a race?
Dade Perron: My favoite part about running a race is knowing that I can finish it and that someday I’ll be able to make the varsity team.
CM: How have your teammates and coaches helped you out?
DP: The entire high school cross country team and coaches are all like a giant family. So we all motivate each other and help each other finish a race.
CM: Was it a surprise when the doctor told you that you had to have another surgery?
DP: Well . . . I knew someday that I would have to have a second surgery. Because before the surgery, they said they were thinking about giving me another surgery.
CM: How do you think the recovery is coming along?
DP: Toward the end of the summer I was in a wheel chair. So I’ve actually recovered really well.
CM: What does running cross country mean to you?
DP: Running is something that I’ve always wanted to do. And when I first started middle school, I wanted to run cross country.
CM: What’s one thing about running cross country that would surprise people?
DP: You get an amazing endurance out of it. And it also helps you stay in shape.
CM: When you’re not out running where can we find you?
DP: I’m usually at home or I’m at the recreational area in Loudon. And I play basketball.
CM: What’s your favorite class?
DP: My favorite class would probably be algebra because it’s pretty challenging and I do well at doing math.
DP: My favorite food is spaghetti.
DP: I don’t really have a favorite song, but if I to choose, it’d be “Message in a Bottle” (by the Police).
DP: The most recent movie that might be my favorite is the Avengers .
CM: Do you have a shout-out for anyone?
DP: My brother and my mom because they’ve been working on trying to get me an electrical stimulation unit. It sends electrical pulses so I can lift up my leg more.
CM: Anyone else?
DP: My grandmother because she really cares about me.