Windermere Prep grad Jovanny Green was recognized at the school’s sports banquet with a scholarship.
Jovanny Green, a recently graduated senior at Windermere Prep, was only on the Lakers football team for one season, but made quite an impression — so much so that at the school’s athletics banquet May 21, he was recognized with the Davis Family Laker Student-Athlete Scholarship. A running back, Green intends to walk-on for the football team at Stetson University in DeLand.
What was the experience like of receiving the Davis Family Laker Student-Athlete Scholarship Award?
It was a special feeling, because I felt like my hard work paid off. Coaches and my parents always used to tell me, “Little things matter the most,” and I felt like that award symbolizes a person who goes around doing the little things correctly. So I felt like I was blessed to receive it.
Which game from 2017 football season was the most memorable?
The game where it came down to the wire — the Orlando Christian Prep game. They caught back up, and it was one of those games where it was a last-minute moment — the game mattered at fourth down. Those moments mattered.
Who is a coach at Windermere Prep who had an impact on you?
Coach (Jacob) Doss, he taught us a lot of life lessons on the field and he taught how to enjoy the game, but work hard at it. That you’ve got to fall in love with the process. He made practice fun.
What do you have to do to prepare for the challenge of walking on at Stetson?
I just have to work hard. I feel like I can hang. It’s the next chapter of my life, so you start from the bottom again. I feel like I just got to keep working, so that I can have what I always wanted.
What was it like on the academic side finishing your high-school education at Windermere Prep?
I enjoyed coming to school here. It was hard, yes, because the academic system is raised. The work is hard, and it gets you ready for college. But if you know how to use your time wisely, then you’ll have fun.
What was your favorite class while at Windermere Prep?
Probably Mr. (Mike) Crocetti’s class, Anatomy and Physiology. … He made it fun — he always connected to sports or something outside where we could actually related to it.
What’s your dream job?
I plan on being a sports (physical) therapist or some type of doctor for athletes.
Who is your role model?
My mother — Joanny Nazario. Growing up and seeing all the hard work and sacrifices she’s made, there’s nothing I could do to ever repay her. … I always looked up to her.
What else do you like to do?
I ride motocross. I’ve been doing that since I was 3, and that was actually the first sport I started off — riding dirt bikes and motocross. I didn’t play football until spring of my sophomore year. … I like to go fishing with my uncle and play soccer with my dad.