It was a busy weekend for Leo senior Jalen Robinson.
On Friday, Jan. 19, he learned he had earned spot on the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year, Jalen’s fourth such honor in his seven semesters at Leo.
One day later he earned a spot in the IHSA state bowling tournament, placing fifth overall in the Taft Sectional by averaging 225 for six games and a 1,350 pin total at Habetler Bowl on Chicago’s North Side. Ever the dedicated Leo Man, Jalen made it back to school in time to fulfill his duties as senior manager for the Lions’ varsity basketball team in a 78-45 victory over Johnson College Prep.
The state tournament will be held in O’Fallon, Il., near St. Louis, on Jan. 26-27. The trip will be especially rewarding for Jalen, as he was in the running to qualify for last year’s state meet until a wrist injury sidelined him in the second round of the sectional.
There were no such problems this year; Jalen bowled 216, 258 amd 235 in his final three sectional games for a 709 series that secured his spot Downstate.
Jalen has been known for his quiet leadership and wide-ranging contributions throughout his four years at Leo. In addition to being an honor student and the school’s top bowler, he is captain of the Leo Drum Line. He was a two-year starter at center on the varsity football team and made second team All-Catholic League Red Division this past season. He is also a reliable and enthusiastic volunteer for community service projects.
“This is a terrific and well-deserved honor for Jalen,” Leo President Dan McGrath said. “We’re very proud of him. He has been a great representative of Leo as a true student-athlete throughout his time here.”