Salary shines at LPHS
Senior Jamaal Salary is making sure his final moments at LaPorte High School are the best they can be.
Salary has been highly involved in school. He plays football, wrestles, and participates in FCA and Principal Advisory. His four years of wrestling have cemented his name among Slicer greats.
Salary’s wrestling career began in middle school and has culminated in a trip to State his senior year. Salary has been a three year varsity starter at weight classes 145, 152, 160. He plans on continuing his wrestling career at North Central and studying political science.
Salary has had several memorable wrestling highlights like going 27-7 this year, being Sectional Champion, Regional Runner-Up, DAC Runner-Up, team captain, and being a State finalist. Being able to go to State was an enormous milestone for Salary’s career.
“It was a major accomplishment for many reasons. One of them is I told my brother when he made it to the State finals in football that I’d make it to State in wrestling, and it also made me feel as if I accomplished a big milestone through all the adversity I’ve faced,” Salary said.
Salary is a strong role model for Slicers coming up the ranks. His work ethic and dedication has always stood.
“Always go the extra mile. If it’s the difference between accomplishing your goal or not accomplishing your goal, will you do what it takes to get to where you want to be?” Salary said.
Whether on or off the mat, Salary is always known for his positive attitude.
“Fake it til you make it; I almost never feel at 100%, but there is no reason to feel pity on yourself. Everyone has their issues, it’s up to you to decide how you respond,” Salary said.
Outside of school, Salary loves spending time with his friends and family, playing spikeball at the beach, watching football, wrestling with his family, and he is involved at church. He also plans to continue MMA fighting in his free time.
Salary’s success is greatly shaped due to growing up within a large family. The Salary family is well known throughout the community for their kindness and service to others. The Salary boys have left a lasting legacy around the halls of LPHS and on many mats and fields.
Salary was fortunate to have such great siblings who showed guidance and leadership towards one another.
“My family is literally a big part of my life. The support they had for me and the fact that they believed in me played a big part in my success,” Salary said.
With a mere 10 weeks remaining in his high school career, Salary will undoubtedly be another in a long line of family members to leave an indelible mark on the school. It’s clear that his positive outlook and hard work will push him to success in the next chapters of his life.