Forrest Mondlane fits the description of an American student athlete.
However, he is a native of South Africa and moved to the United States four years ago to improve his education. He lived with grandmother for six months until his mother could join him after his father passed away. He is now a senior at Heritage.
At Heritage, Mondlane plays soccer, runs track, is a student ambassador, homecoming king, yearbook editor and is starting a club for anybody interested in spikeball.
“For the first couple weeks it was adjustment and then I started making friends, got to know my teachers and I had (Adam) Buseck as my first social studies teacher and he introduced me to the soccer program,” said Mondlane.
He plays sparingly in soccer.
“He impacts the game with his energy, he has tremendous pace and physicality too, so he just has a positive impact on how he plays,” said soccer coach Adam Buseck.
Mondlane has yet to score a goal or assist in soccer but has two shots on goal.
For Forrest, his strength in his leadership is through action, He leads by example. He is truly a student athlete. He's not a superstar because of stats, he is a superstar because of what he does on the field and his leadership on the field.
Adam Buseck, Heritage boys soccer coach
Q&A with Mondlane
How do you feel about your playing time in soccer?
I play about 10 minutes a game. That was an agreement I had to make with Buseck because I'm not up to par in terms of level he wants on this team, but I do make an impact on this team.
What is your biggest challenge as yearbook editor?
Probably meeting deadlines, because on a week-to-week basis there are like three deadlines.
How did it feel to be homecoming king?
It was a big honor because it shows the work I'm putting in at the school and I do show my school spirit. It is finally a show of recognition that I have worked my way up.
What or who motivates the most to excel in sports?
My dad (Mbongeni). I know I lost him 10 years ago but to this day I always do my best to make him proud. I know he is always watching over me.
What do you like do way from sports and school?
I play spikeball. It is really interesting. That's what I do for fun with one of my friends on the team. Now I as starting a club of it at Heritage.
What is your favorite movie?
“Avengers Endgame,” and I guess that is a typical answer. I just like the legacy it brought with it. Like it's 10 years of film and then “Endgame” wraps it all up. I do like Marvel movies.
What are your plans after high school?
I would like to go to CU Boulder for engineering. I would hope to be a student ambassador. I hope to play soccer for fun and maybe run track competitively.
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