BV’s Green is the consummate team player
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Kevan Green has already learned many valuable life lessons.
The Buckeye Valley senior plays quarterback for the Barons and was pleased they had a respectable final season with a record of 6–4, earning second team all conference. He admitted the record his junior year was not quite as good at 4–6.
“Junior year was really rough,” he said, adding that the teams the previous three years were good.
“Being the quarterback, I took a lot of the blame. But it was one of my biggest learning experiences ever,” Kevan said of his junior year.
“It was kind of like a monkey on my back. I hated it at the time, but looking back, as a natural leader experience, you take the blame. It’s part of the job.”
Kevan said that he both learned and grew from the experience. His coach agreed.
“In my mind, he was the consummate team player, totally unselfish, totally focused on what was best for our team,” football coach Michael Marshall said. “In the Buckeye Valley football program we have one team rule; it is: Everything you do should bring pride to yourself, your family, this football team, school and community. From what I have witnessed in Kevan Green, not only has he never broken this rule, if anything, his actions have strengthened the rule and have served as an outstanding example for our younger student athletes to follow. I have a young son who serves as a ball boy on our team. Kevan Green is his role model and I feel I am a lucky parent because Kevan is that role model.”
Playing football since second grade, Kevan tore his ACL during his sophomore year, missing the season. He’s had some lingering shoulder issues this year.
“Half of being successful in football is being injury free,” he said.
Marshall, who has been Kevan’s football coach for the past seven years, said that Kevan “embodied everything a high school football quarterback is supposed to be. I’ve coached high school football for 34 years and Kevan is easily the hardest working, most dedicated and intelligent individual I have worked with. He is an individual who works his hardest not only to personally improve but also for the good and well being of others.”
Marshall described Kevan as “a student athlete with incredible dedication, determination and commitment. A student athlete who showed up on time, put forth a great effort and worked to the best of their ability. Here is a young man, who was the definition of what a high school student athlete should be.”
Football runs in Kevan’s family. His father played for Ohio Wesleyan and the Kevan goes with his parents and younger sister each year to Detroit Lions games.
“We’re a big football family,” Kevan said, noting that the Green’s even holding their Thanksgiving celebration a day early so they can go to the game. One year, the family packed up dinner and had it in the parking lot. “Good memories,” Kevan said.
Kevan plans to continue playing football in college and is considering Otterbein College, the College of Wooster and Hope College in Michigan.
But his ultimate decision, he said, rests on the best academic program and the financial offers he receives.
“Academics, obviously, take first place,” said Kevan, who is looking at various pre-med programs. He is considering either orthopedics or pre-dentistry. With orthopedics, he can follow the athletic interest he has, and with dentistry, he would be following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.
Kevan is also considering a military residency, which his grandfather did and became one of the “best technical dentists ever seen” thanks to the experience.
“I can travel, too,” Kevan said of a possible stint with the armed forces. He does know he is looking at eight years of school either way, with another four to eight years in residency. Though even with time potentially spent traveling, Kevan said, “Delaware is the place to raise a family.”
In the meantime, while Kevan is not as busy with the football season — and its 12-hour days — over, he still stays active with volunteer work through church, the National Honor Society and student council.
He has been running his own landscaping business as well for the last few years.
“I did not expect it to grow as much as it has,” he said. As other friends went on to work fast food jobs, he decided that was not what he wanted, so he built his business through word of mouth. Today, he has six or seven customers for the season with additional mulching jobs on the side. “It’s kept me with some money.”
Kevan will also soon begin a new position working at the reception desk at the new YMCA in Delaware.
Besides the advanced placements courses Kevan is in this year, he is also taking astronomy and enjoys learning the structure and function of “how things work.”
Gery Kovatch is Kevan’s physics teacher.
“Kevan excels in difficult situations because he thrives on being challenged. I can say that firsthand because that’s exactly how Kevan handled the pre-calculus, honors physics and ap calculus courses I teach — he excelled in each of them! That’s also how he overcame the adversity he faced as the quarterback of the football team his junior year — he led the team to a winning record as a senior. Kevan’s compassionate side emerged when he arranged for the football players to sign a football that the team delivered to a girl in our community who has leukemia. So, on or off the gridiron, Kevan loves to be challenged, but he has a deep appreciation for those who face some of life’s more serious challenges as well,” Kovatch said.
Guidance counselor Jeannie Hall said Kevan is “an outstanding gentleman, scholar/athlete, and an exemplary role model for his peers and for younger students. He excels in the classroom and in his extra-curricular involvement. He sets high standards for himself and strives to be successful. He has challenged himself by taking our advanced placement and honors classes. He continues to be diligent in his work ethic as he heads into this last semester of high school. His goal is to be a doctor and to be a positive influence on others. I am confident that he will continue to strive for these goals. Our Buckeye Valley community is proud of Kevan’s accomplishments and the type of young man that he has become.”
Hall added that Kevan was also recently awarded the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award. It is a “big honor” as only one per county is bestowed, she said.
While looking forward to end-of-the-year activities at Buckeye Valley, Kevan also eagerly awaits a trip out west this summer with his father where they will go off-roading in the deserts of Utah with friends.
As to the future, Kevan is excited overall, admitting to being just a little bit nervous about heading off to college. And he offers the following advice to others.
“Be your own person. Stick to your own morals,” he said. “As other people change, it is easy to change to the negative, so stick to your morals.”
He added with a wry grin, “It is also easy to stress yourself out.”
Kevan is the son of Robert and Mitzi Green of Delaware.