The Jungle Game never fails to deliver excitement, drama and unpredictable results. With a buzzer beater to win it during his sophomore year and a come-from-behind, second half performance his senior year, Parker McDonald's name will be synonymous with outstanding Jungle Game performances for many years to come. McDonald loves to talk about basketball and those big games, but he's even more excited to share some of his other Serra experiences.
An excellent student who plans to major in economics and business at Indiana University, McDonald started Serra with a college-prep schedule that quickly advanced to include honors and AP courses. His teachers recognized his potential and encouraged him to take greater challenges. He loves AP Literature, but one of McDonald's favorite courses is Virtual Enterprise.
"Virtual Enterprise is a really good introduction to marketing and entrepreneurship," he said. "We created the concepts, pricing, advertising and menus for a mock food truck and competed with others for market share. It's a really fun class and more difficult than I expected."
The Padre brotherhood is a big deal to McDonald. He feels incredibly close to his classmates and teammates, but he also feels strongly that the brotherhood isn't just something that is shared among the students.
"The coaches and teachers at Serra are an important part of what makes Serra special," he explained. "They are important role models and they want us to try hard and succeed. Without us even realizing it, they are contributing to the strength of the brotherhood."
As he looks forward to graduating and heading off to college, McDonald offers some advice to the next generation of Padres.
"Don't be afraid to try something new," he said. "Use your time wisely to get ahead so you're ready when opportunities come along. And, keep practicing so when there are seconds on the clock and you find the ball in your hands, you'll know what to do!"
We are proud of McDonald's accomplishments at Serra and wish him well at Indiana University. We are pleased to feature him as one of the outstanding students in the Class of 2019.