The Scroll sat down with leading football scorer and track star Thuc Phan to talk about the fabulous fifth year of high school.
Scroll: Was it difficult to shift your loyalty to Deerfield after playing for a different school for the past four years?
Phan: I’m still getting used to all the traditions here. School pride was really big back in North Carolina at my old school [Greensboro Paige] and I find it flattering that kids at Deerfield have so much school spirit.
Scroll: Do you find Deerfield more restrictive than your old school?
Phan: I do, but I understand why its programs are so rigorous. At times it’s been an insane adjustment, but that’s why I came here. At my old school it seemed like there wasn’t enough time in the day to get everything done, but it’s really helpful that everything here is scheduled for you.
Scroll: Why did you decided to become a PG?
Phan: I have a great family friend from home who is like a second dad to me. He graduated from Deerfield in the class of 1979. Even in my sophomore year of high school he encouraged me to research going to boarding school. I really wanted to pursue football in college and Deerfield seemed like a great place to combine both the academics and athletics that I needed to be recruited.
Scroll: What sport do you plan to play in college?
Phan: I do football and track. I plan to do the 100, 200, 4×100, and long jump in the spring, but I’m only looking to play football after high school.
Scroll: What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you since coming to Deerfield?
Phan: Once I stepped on the seal because I didn’t know what it meant. Someone really called me out for that so I went back later, knelt down, and kissed it.
Scroll: What do you like the most about Deerfield?
Phan: I really like Deerfield’s inclusive community that combines the importance of sports and classes. I get really good academics with great teachers and more playing time here with great coaches.
Scroll: How have your parents reacted to your decision to come from North Carolina to Deerfield after graduating?
Phan: They’ve been incredible. They always have my back and never put too much pressure on me. They want me to be the best that I can be and support all of my interests. My dad calls me up a lot to remind me of how lucky I am to be here and to take advantage of every opportunity I am given.
Scroll: What do you want to study after Deerfield?
Phan: Last year I did an intensive project where I shadowed doctors, physicians and trainers. I really enjoyed it so I’ll probably pursue sports medicine in college.