Tigers News · Senior Stories – Part 8- Jonathon Ferris- “The Overcomer”


Jonathan Ferris- “The Overcomer”

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” -Christian D. Larson

Jonathan Ferris has something inside him that is special. He has made a believer out of me.

Jonathan Ferris was born with cerebral palsy.   It has definitely made his life, his education, and his athletic journey more difficult. When I asked Jonathon about it- this was his response.

“The hardest part was having to work longer than other kids, simply because it takes longer for me to do something. There were some days at practice I felt like I was holding others back because they were waiting on me.”

Jonathan worked hard in the classroom. He finished HS with a 3.744 GPA which is 22/108 in the senior class. He also scored a 1400 on his SAT which is extremely impressive.

Jonathan could have very easily just not participated in sports. Why do something that is a struggle for you? Why do something that is going to challenge you everyday in every way? Why do something that you might fail at?

Jonathan’s response, “Being a part of the track team helped me feel like I was more involved with the school. It also gave me the opportunity to push my limits and see what I could do despite my Cerebral Palsy.”

I asked Jonathan how is experience in high school athletics might help him in the future?

“I think that track taught me how great the feeling is to become better than you were before. My 60m dash in 2019 was 13.56. In our only meet of 2020, I ran a 12.02. Improving that much in a year was a real confidence boost for me, and I was really disappointed when the season was canceled.”

WHAT A GREAT LIFE LESSON!! It’s not always about getting 1st place, or winning a state championship, or getting every job you apply for.

Life is about getting up everyday and trying to be the best you can be on that particular day. Life is about trying to be better than you were yesterday.

Jonathan said the legacy he wants to leave is he would like people to know that you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you work hard enough.

Thank you Jonathan Ferris for allowing this athletic director to be a small part of your journey.