Male Athlete of the Month: Max Stafford

Max Stafford.

By Balinda Zimmerman
Max Stafford is the older of two sons born to Jessie and Matthew Stafford. Max has a younger brother, Ben, who is 15, and both brothers attend Milan High School. Jessie hails from Miamisburg, Ohio where she was a dancer and high school band member and Matt is a native of Milan where he played both baseball and football.
Max and Ben on the other hand are swimmers. Max says he wanted to learn to swim so he was put into swim lessons quite early. Then before he knew it, he was off to do club swim because he desired to get even better after his swimming lessons. He explained how he wanted to get faster so he could pass the kids who had been beating him in the pool while he was learning to swim.
 Until 10th grade Max enjoyed participating in other Milan sports. He played football until 8th grade (Coach Protsky’s last year) and baseball until his freshman year. By10th grade he gave up other sports because swimming was his sport and his coaches confirmed he was on track to be able to swim in college, and contact sports could jeopardize that. Ben also gave up other sports because after having broken an arm three times by Middle School “he figured out he was not cut out for contact sports,” according to Max.
Max joined the Milan Makos at age 6 swimming competitively and then joined USA Makos by age 8 where he stayed until high school. He has now been swimming competitively for almost 12 years. His placements in swimming thus far are: Freshman year-15th in State overall 200 Free, All-State Academic, All-State 200 Free, All-State Medley Relay. Sophomore year- All-State Academic, 9th place 50 Free, 9th place 100 Free, 10th place 200 Free Relay, 6th place 200 Medley Relay, All-State Medley Relay. Junior year- 5th place All-State 50 Free, 8th place 100 Butterfly, 11th place 200 Medley Relay, 11th place 200 Free Relay.
Max has class within the Senior Wing and takes AP Lit, AP Statistics, Honors Physics, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).  He is also the President of Immaculate Conception Church Youth Group, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Student Council member and was chose to attend Boys State (a leadership program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars) during the summer of his junior year.
Max applied and was accepted to several different colleges and was recruited by Michigan State, Eastern, Air Force Academy, and University of Buffalo, to name a few. However, he chose to sign with Kenyan College in Columbus, Ohio for several reasons. He knew he wanted to attend a small college and he had visited Kenyan when he was down for a USA swim meet. He stayed with a couple swimmers and learned a little about the college that piqued his interest. Kenyan has had thirty-one consecutive and thirty-four total National Championships. Kenyan has a 95% acceptance rate to medical school and Max wants to go to medical school and become a pathologist. He explained although they have the lowest acceptance rate of any Ohio college, the base of contacts one receives when leaving Kenyan is beyond amazing. He was impressed that the college maintains a book on campus signed by every student who has attended the school.
He would like to attend med school at Wayne State or University of Michigan because both have exceptional medical programs.
Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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