Matthew Shearin

Hometown: El Cajon, CA

high school: El Cajon Valley High School

college: Dartmouth College

MAJOR: Computer Science

For Matthew Shearin, childhood was a long and arduous journey. Matthew grew up never having the chance to meet his father, and to this day he has yet to speak with him. Growing up was a struggle not only for survival, but for more mental and emotional competency in himself.

Nevertheless, Matthew grew to overcome and defy the odds that were against him, and strives to achieve a broad spectrum of success, while also acting as an essential cog to the wheel of applying positive change to under- privileged youth and their circumstances. Since the age of 7 and prior to the age of about 14, Matthew’s mother struggled with addiction to narcotics. During this time, Matthew endured times of homelessness, living with various friends, family members, and group and foster homes. Nonetheless, he put his faith and life in God’s hands and continued to persevere.

In the summer of 2009, Matthew moved in with his uncle in El Cajon, California. Here he learned structure and the characteristics of manhood, while his mother continued to battle her addiction. In the 7th and 8th grades, Matthew began to notice that he was able to excel not only in athletics, but also in the classroom. He then realized his strong love for academics, athletics, and pursuing higher learning. In 2011, Matthew began his high school career. While excelling on the football field, basketball court, and track, he also excelled in academic studies. To this day, he ranks in the top 1% of his class, and maintains a 4.644 grade point average. He has been named an AP Scholar,  been named to the San Diego All Academic team for the past three years, and been named a  scholar for the National Football Foundation, San Diego Chapter.

Matthew is also a versatile athlete. He has been named to the Grossmont Valley Football All-League Team three times, the San Diego East County Football Team two times, and been named team MVP back-to-back years. He is also active in his community. Matt provides services with his church, Christ Community Center. He has also participated in the San Diego Miracle Mile of Quarters, and the San Diego Special Olympics, both of which aim to bring awareness to children who suffer from serious diseases. During the summers of high school, Matthew has participated in California Boys’ State, the San Diego State Upward Bound Program, and two internships with a local engineering company. In addition, he is the president of his church’s youth group as well as a part of his church’s choir.

All in all, Matthew credits his success to God. He feels that without God, he would not have been able to overcome the many obstacles that life has thrown his way. In addition to that, he credits God for his accomplishments. This fall, Matthew will be attending and playing football for Dartmouth College, and hopes to pursue a degree in computer science.


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