Athlete Worth Watching: Jerome Thomas, North Dorchester High School Soccer and Baseball
Mar 27, 2017 07:00AM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
With intent, hustle, and humility. That’s the way a good athlete plays his game. Thomas sees that commitment not only in the pro athletes he looks up to—Joe Flacco of the Ravens and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones—but in his and his teammates’ game. Thomas saw this intensity first-hand during a soccer game with cross town rivals Cambridge South Dorchester High School. “The local newspaper had described my team as the ‘underdogs’ for that game and had selected our matchup as an easy win for CSD. No matter what the local media said, my team would not give into this type of thinking. We started down two goals to CSD in the first 10 minutes, yet my team never gave up and continued to work hard and persevere against all odds. We scored four goals in the second half and won decisively by a score of 5-2.”
Thomas has been playing soccer for almost nine years now. In the second grade, he attended a private school, Open Bible Academy in Cambridge. “My friends and I would play soccer every day during our lunch period and I fell in love with the sport. One day, my friend asked me if I would like to play youth soccer for his dad’s team in the Dorchester County Youth Soccer League (DCYSL) and I accepted his offer. I began developing skills and acquiring knowledge about the game.” In high school, he was selected as a Bayside Conference 2nd Team All-Star and awarded the Sportsmanship Award for his school.
Thomas not only is at the top of his game in soccer, he is a seasoned baseball player as well and was selected to the Bayside Conference All- Star Team Honorable Mention and received the Defensive MVP Award at school.
Thomas not only shines on the soccer field and the baseball diamond he excels in the classroom as well. North Dorchester High School’s Athletic Director, Ms. Terri Wright, says, “I have had the privilege of getting to know this remarkable young man throughout his high school career at North Dorchester High School. I have found him to be one of the most respectful and respected young men I have ever met. He has a work ethic on and off the playing field that is unparalleled in this day and time. Even more importantly, he is a true to himself and is a great leader by example.” Thomas has a weighted GPA of 4.45, is a member of the National Honor Society serving as the secretary, has done work for Habitat for Humanity, and has had perfect attendance for the last five years. And as a junior he won the prestigious Midshore Character Counts Albert Kennerly Award.
Thomas, not surprisingly, has also earned the respect and admiration of his teachers:
“His maturity for his age embodies what it means to be a young adult. He approaches school with an impressive professionalism that exudes confidence. I believe he will go on to do great things,” says teacher Jessica Baker.
“He is a top performer and shares his intelligence in a way that does not make others feel inferior. He makes me a better teacher,” says teacher Linda Barnes.
And his coaches:
“The thing I like most about him is when he does make a mistake he doesn’t allow them to cascade, he moves on and tries not to make the same mistake again,” says baseball coach Steve Lieske.
Thomas is considering attending Salisbury University or University of Maryland College Park in the fall of 2017. These schools are high on his list because of the diversity of the student body, great athletic programs and intensive studies. He plans on majoring in kinesiology because it combines his love of sport with the inner workings of the human body. He is contemplating a career as a Sports Medicine Physician for a professional sports team or university. “This career interests me because it still allows me to become involved with the sports arena and continue my lifestyle of learning as new techniques for treating and aiding the human body develop every day.”