Standout Student: Brooklyn Center’s Dayvia Gbor
Dayvia Gbor is a true dual threat. He gets good grades in the classroom at Brooklyn Center High School and also grades out well on the gridiron as the Centaurs quarterback and defensive back.

"Since I've had him in 8th grade, he's always been super studious," said Brooklyn Center teacher Andrea Kemrink. "He works really hard to make sure everything is complete and exactly how he wants it to be."

Recruited by multiple schools in the Upper Midwest, Gbor's blend of academic and athletic success is appealing to college coaches.

"Getting recruited, if your GPA or ACT scores are not high enough, colleges might pass on you," Gbor said. "But that's one thing I didn't have to worry about because right now I am sitting on a 3.6 and a 24 ACT."

"Dayvias is a role-model for the school," Kemrink said. "I would say, because he is an athlete, and he is popular at school, he has a big social circle."

Gbor is taking two off-site courses at North Hennepin and some college prep classes at Brooklyn Center.

"He's taken accelerated classes, PSEO, this year," Kemrink said. "He always takes a challenge as far as what's in the classroom, too."

"You're getting college credits for free," Gbor said. "So it's amazing to be able to do that."

A captain on the Centaurs football team this season, Gbor has natural leadership abilities and other kids look up to him.

"We say 'be a leader,'" Kemrink said. "Watch what happens around you and the rest of the group follows."

Gbor has lofty goals and has set the bar very high for himself in the game of life.

"I want to use football to help me have a better impact on the world," Gbor said. "I feel like if football is the only thing I am good at I failed myself in life. I am going to try to stand out in a different way too."

Gbor plans to major in either exercise science or pre-law when he goes to college.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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