A talented forward looks ahead

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

It’s been a good senior year for Marius McAllister at Hillside New Tech.
A busy one too.
He’s taking three advanced placement classes. Serves as drum major for the Hillside High School marching band. Works with the media ministry at Union Baptist Church.
And – oh, right – played forward on the Hornets varsity basketball team and made it to the regional semifinals.
Now, he has been named Duke University’s Durham Student of the Month.
“I was happy to hear it,” said McAllister, 17, about hearing of this latest accolade. His first name, by the way, is pronounced “Mar-you.” “I’m very honored and proud. I shared it with my mother. She felt like it was all the hard work paying off.”
The 6-foot-4 senior seems a far cry from the little kid he describes when he talks about taking up trumpet for the first time.
“I was a pretty small kid,” he said. “A trumpet was the only instrument I could get my hands around. I love the sound of it.”
He hasn’t made up his mind about a career, but expects that whatever he chooses will involve mathematics – possibly architectural engineering or business. One of his favorite classes at the moment is AP calculus.
“Math is something I have a natural talent for,” he said. “I’m a great problem solver. I like to use that to find ways to help other people too.”
McAllister’s a student who bridges two academic worlds. He got his start in primary education at a public charter school, Research Triangle Academy. Then he made the change to Durham Public Schools for his high school experience, following in his older brother Tresor’s footsteps at Hillside New Tech.
“He’s a wonderful person and a great student,” said Pauletta Thompson, principal of Hillside NT. “He really wants to go to UNC-Chapel Hill, but he needs Option A to be academics. Sports is his secondary.”


About the award
Duke University and its Office of Durham and Regional Affairs are proud to sponsor Duke University’s Durham Student of the Month.
The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs strives to broaden and strengthen engagement with Durham and the Research Triangle region. Visit community.duke.edu to learn more about the office’s educational outreach, neighborhood quality of life and economic development initiatives.

About Marius
Age: 17
GPA: 4.0
Favorite Subject: AP Calculus
Favorite Book: “Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court” by Coach Roy Williams
Favorite Movie: “Space Jam”
Favorite Music: Pop and R&B
Organizations: National Honor Society, National Society of Engineers
Future Plans: Plans to attend Eastern Carolina University until he transfers to UNC-Chapel Hill as a junior, with hopes of joining the basketball team. For career, he might opt for business or architectural engineering.