Like Julius Caesar, July’s Student of the Month is a conqueror, of sorts

By Chelsey N. Fattal
Times-News correspondent

Dustin Stewart is Student of the Month for July, 2013. / Photo submitted

The month of July is not only dedicated to Julius Caesar, a conqueror of the Roman Empire, but to Dustin Stewart, a 2010 graduate of Southern Alamance High School and July’s Student of the Month.
Stewart is a conqueror on the track and field, as well as a conqueror of many running records set before him.
“As an athletic student, it is odd to ponder over the reason my son was not heavily recruited right out of high school,” said his mother, Sandy Stewart, who nominated him for Student of the Month. “In fact, Dustin only received one letter of interest from Coach Bill Hodge at Belmont Abbey College.”
Dustin signed with Belmont Abbey on a double scholarship for the Cross Country and the Track & Field program. Dustin made “All-Region” in five different track events during his junior year of college and continues to improve.
In New Orleans, running in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization has named “All-Region” honorees for the 2012-13 Division II outdoor track & field season.
Only a total of 1,283 student-athletes have earned a USTFCCCA All-Region award and for the men, only 670 student-athletes were named All-Region. Leading the way, Dustin Stewart was granted this award for the Southeast Region in the decathlon, the pole vault, the javelin, and the 800- and 1500-meter events. Given these tremendous accomplishments, it seems Stewart shows no signs of slowing down.
Dustin is a rising college senior and the eldest of three sons. Dustin currently has an internship with the Charlotte Flights Track Team. His passion for running is infectious. Stewart contributes a great deal of heart toward his athletics, community service and his education.

 Chelsey N. Fattal is a second-semester sophomore at Saint Mary’s College and The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., and a Teens & Twenties writer.



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