Jalen Rogers likes a challenge. A member of the SABIS Wrestling Team for the past six years, Jalen is a two-time State and All-State qualifier and Western Mass Champion; he was also named 2018’s Most Valuable Player.
Previously a student at Liberty Elementary School, Jalen has attended SABIS since the third grade. He has flourished within the tightknit community and excelled in subjects like calculus and physics.
“In relation to other schools, academically, [SABIS] is way more challenging,” says Jalen, who has been taking five Advanced Placement classes in his senior year. “Having such a rigorous curriculum impacted me because now I am more adaptable to college life. I understand what college will be like study-wise, and I don’t think I would have gotten that anywhere else because [SABIS is] more advanced when it comes to academics.
This fall, Jalen will be headed to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where he plans to major in Electrical Engineering. Jalen adds that his aptitude in calculus and physics is vital to his success at WPI and appreciates the foundation he has gained at SABIS. That academic foundation helped him earn the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides tuition credit for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.
Looking to the future, after finishing college, Jalen says that he plans to become successful and support himself and his family. Looking back on his time at SABIS and what he has learned, Jalen’s advice to his younger self is to concentrate on school work above all else.
“You get tired of it,” concludes Jalen, “but honestly, it pays off in the end. You’ll have more scholarships and more opportunities after high school.”
“Having such a rigorous curriculum impacted me because now I am more adaptable to college life.”