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A True Student- Athlete
Sam Bernstein '14
Julian Marcu ’14 aims to score.
You may have seen Julian Marcu ’14 bashing on the blocks during a varsity basketball game this year, but much more lies be- neath his battle scars. Besides playing two varsity sports (volleyball as well), Marcu is a workhorse in the classroom. “What makes him great on the court makes him great in the classroom,” Mr. Stanley explained. “He has a lot of natural talents, but he’s still one of the hardest-working students.” How has he juggled academics and sports so well? Marcu answered that “sports keep [him] focused, because there is no time to mess around.”
Yet Julian’s hard work isn’t limited to the classroom either. Few realize his commitment to the Green Team, of which he is now president. I asked him about what makes him so passion- ate about conservation, and he told me that at age eight, his family moved from California to Georgia, where the environment is far from the first priority. During his time in the South, a 2007 Forbes ranking of “America’s Greenest States” ranked Georgia 29th. “I saw their lack of care for the environment,” he told me, “and I wanted to make a difference.”
Marcu is also a member of the Block Club and president of Junior Statesman of America, a political de- bate club that he helped revive. While not as formal as Speech and Debate, the club focuses on key issues, such as healthcare and the economy. Club Moderator Mr. Llanera, S.J. describes the mission as “[bringing] young people together to discuss current political and social issues in America.”
From our interview I gathered that self-described “healthy competition” seems to dominate Julian’s life. Whether on the court, debating, or playing all sorts of games with friends, he loves to compete. Nevertheless, you can’t miss his inherent humility hiding beneath that fire. As teammate Tristan Wentworth ’14 said, “Marcu is the type of guy to go for 20 [points] and 10 [rebounds] but compliment the last guy off the bench for sealing his man off or making a nice pass.” In other words, he sets a perfect example of an ideal Ignatian both on and off the court.
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