We live in a world that is mostly talk and not enough action. There are those who “talk noise”, others who “talk the talk”, but we know that “talk is cheap”. Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said that “silence is a source of great strength”. Pythagoras was quoted as saying, ” A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence”. Truly confident people don’t have to talk, their actions talk for them. This week’s Warehouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week Ben Bonner does not talk much, but his character, work ethic, and integrity do his talking for him.
Ben is the son of Allen and Robin Bonner, and is a Senior Football and Baseball player. He currently carries a 3.4 Grade Point Average in college preparatory classes. Along with being very active in football and baseball, Ben is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America. A quiet leader, Ben leads by example on the field, diamond, and in the classroom.
When discussing his future plans, Ben will attend college but is yet to decide on a college major. While being undecided on his future academic major, Ben is pretty confident that he will be involved in athletics or sports in some capacity.
Ben has experienced meaningful growth as a volunteer in many different activities, but his most memorable experiences have come as a member of his church. As part of that group, Ben has gained very valuable lessons on the benefits of reaching out to others by taking food to the elderly around the city of Jasper and within the church. He has always gained great enjoyment from serving others in this manner.
Each student will take distinct memories with them when they walk out of the doors of Jasper High School for the last time. Ben is no different in this. He goes further in describing this by saying, “I have a lot of great memories at Jasper/ Walker High School”. “I would say that scoring my first touchdown in the Russellville game would be at the top”.
Ben talked about all of the lessons that he has learned as a student athlete in the Jasper City School System. He says, “I have learned to be disciplined”. “All of my coaches have taught me how to be a man”. Ben will take these lessons with him as he embarks on the rest of his life, and will one day pass them on to his own children.
When talking about what advice he would offer to the next generation of athletes coming through Jasper High School, Ben offers some very valuable insight as a young man experiencing his last run in high school athletics. He offers the following advice, “Have as much fun as you can, and do not take your time for granted, because it will be over before you know it”.
When given the chance to thank anyone who has helped him become the young man that he is today, Ben wasted no time in thanking several important people in his life. He “would want to thank my parents, coaches, and teachers”. “I have learned a lot of things from these people, and they have made me into the person that I am today”.
We, along with Warehouse 3Nineteen would like to thank Ben for the positive impact that he has had on Jasper High School and the community of Jasper. We salute him for the character, work ethic, and integrity that he has displayed during his time as a student athlete in Jasper. When you are watching the Vikes as we host the 2nd Round of the AHSAA State Playoffs tomorrow night against Southside Gadsden, make sure and cheer for #5 in the black jersey, he is a good one! Go by and see our good friends at Warehouse 3Nineteen. Tell them how much you enjoy the articles.