We Are SI
The Man Behind the (Face) Mask
Sam Bernstein '14
Many people know Peter Alimam ’15 for his heroic play on both the Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams. Moments such as his game-tying goal in last year’s lacrosse showdown with Redwood show that, for good reason, Peter’s “definitely interested in playing college sports,” yet gains the most motivation from his unknown talents.
Although I consider myself a close friend of Peter’s, I was taken aback to learn of some of his grammar school escapades. While not on the sports fields, Peter avidly played the saxophone. When I made the comparison to Frank Jefferson ’13, our last interviewee, who also happens to play football and the saxophone, he quickly sang of Frank’s superiority and only after extreme prodding did he finally admit to “making magic with the sax.” Besides his musical pursuits, Peter also qualified as a swimmer for the Junior Olympics in eighth grade. He decided to forgo SI swimming to pursue lacrosse, but it’s safe to call him a 50 and 100-meter breaststroke maestro.
At SI, Peter has impacted people in all realms of the community. Embracing his Lebanese heritage, he joined Dialogue Club, a place “that has made [him] feel at home at SI.” Oftentimes we stereotype athletes, even at SI, as ignorant and arrogant, yet Peter’s involvement and commitment to Dialogue Club exhibit an enthusiasm for social justice and deeper knowledge that break down these generalizations. On the surface, Peter may appear as a die-hard athlete, but fellow linebacker Brian Wollitz ’14 summarizes that, “off the field I always see him working hard to make others happy and laugh. When he puts the pads on, he loves to compete and always looks to catalyze the team. He never disappoints.”
Peter Alimam definitely doesn’t disappoint, he encourages others to be their best possible selves.
Peter Aliman '15 sets a block with style
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