Senior Alec Abramson will leave behind a big pair of shoes to fill as a student-athlete at Sandwich High School.
He’s about to be a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast League golfer, and he’s helped lead the Blue Knights to the South Sectional tournament every year he’s been on the golf team, including a fifth-place finish in the all-state meet this fall.
For his sweet swing and obvious leadership qualities, he’s been a two-year captain of the golf team.
As a member of the spring track team, Abramson leaped to a second-place finish in the triple jump at the ACL Championships last year on his way to earning the ACL Outstanding Sportsmanship award.
But it’s his contributions to the school where his impact is most felt. Along with his twin brother, Evan, Alec co-founded the STEM Mentor Program in 2016, leading sophomores in mentoring incoming 7th graders. The program offers leadership opportunities for high schoolers while helping STEM students to transition smoothly into the high school.
He and Evan serve as the curriculum designers as well as mentors.
Additionally, he co-founded the school’s Adaptive Sports Club the same year and serves as its president. The club allows students to volunteer at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program. He has also interned at the rehab center, helping people with physical and cognitive disabilities explore sport and recreation opportunities.
Abramson is currently his class treasurer, a position he’s held since the 8th grade, and is on the Superintendent’s Council as a senior class representative. He’s a two-year member of the National Honor Society, where he was elected as the service project coordinator, and he has been a Gold Scholar Award winner his first three years in high school.
Outside of school, Abramson started the annual Back to Swing Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Spaulding’s adaptive sports program, helping to raise more than $7,500 in the process. For his efforts, he and Evan were named Cape Cod’s Philanthropy Youth of the Year in 2017. As a senior, Abramson was named a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact scholarship, which recognizes student impact on “three levels by improving themselves, teammates and the game as a whole.”
In his free time, Abramson has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a martial arts discipline he’s practiced since the age of 6.
What do you love about golf? What drew you to the sport and what made you stick with it?
I’ve loved golf ever since I picked up a club for the first time. I enjoy the individual challenge. When I’m playing a round, it’s just me and the course. I have nothing else to think about besides playing my best and focusing on one shot at a time. I believe maintaining the right golf mentality is the toughest aspect of the game. I enjoy taking on the challenge to have that positive mindset. During the high school seasons, I enjoy the team camaraderie as I am able to play alongside another golfer from our team in matches. Through reading putts, giving swing advice and strategizing, this teamwork is another aspect to golf that has drawn my interest for the past several seasons. I stick with it now since I will always have a passion for the game. Golf is a lifelong sport that I will continue to play.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I typically have rap and pop music making up my playlists.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would choose to be Batman. He is the protector of his city and I would find it really cool to see what it is like to be a superhero, roaring around Gotham City in the Batmobile. One of my earliest memories is dressing up as Batman for Halloween, along with my twin brother dressing up as Superman. Also, Batman develops and has access to advanced technologies. As a hopeful future engineer, I think that type of tech would be fun to mess around with.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My Mount Rushmore includes my parents, Scott and Ellen; my brother, Evan; my sister, Emma; and my extended family as well. My family has been very supportive throughout my life and they are all to be recognized for getting me to where I am today. We all share similar goals of having success in the classroom and on the athletic fields.
Do you have plans after graduation?
I plan to attend a four-year college and major in engineering, possibly biomedical engineering with a specialty in assistive technology. I would also like to minor in business or public health policy. Additionally, I hope to play golf in college and I am looking at schools that combine a strong engineering program with a fun Division 1 school spirit atmosphere.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject is science, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Human Body Systems. I’ve taken all of those classes at Sandwich High. I like hands-on and collaborative assignments and projects. Through labs and experiments, I am able to perform research and learn more about human anatomy and the laws and ways of the world around us, which I find really interesting.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment came a couple of weeks ago to close out my golf season. While our team finished 18-2 in the regular season, at the South Sectional qualifier for golf we placed third and advanced to the Division 2 state tournament for the first time in my five years playing for the Blue Knights. At sectionals, I shot a 77 and placed third overall as an individual. That was my best score at that course over the three years I played there for sectionals. At states, we finished fifth overall. The team accomplishment was a terrific way to close out my SHS golf experience.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Mark Cuban, Francis Ouimet and Jordan Spieth to a dinner party. Cuban is a fun-going businessman and investor. I’d enjoy talking about being a shark on “Shark Tank.” Ouimet is known for “the greatest game ever played,” as he had one of the greatest US Open upset wins in the history of golf. He would be fun to meet. Spieth is a very likable professional golfer and he has had so much success on the PGA tour. I would serve a nice BBQ dinner with BBQ chicken pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, onion rings and fries on the side.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
On the golf course I relate most to Phil Mickelson. I hope to maintain a strong mental approach to golf and I always play with a belief that I will do my best. Similar to Mickelson, I keep my composure on the course, rely on a routine that works and keep a positive mindset for each shot. As my golf teammates can attest, having fun while playing golf is my top priority. When I watch Mickelson on the course, he always seems to be enjoying the game and the crowd.
You’re stranded on a deserted island and have only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I would bring a fire starter, a tent, a Swiss Army knife, running shoes, golf balls and a sand wedge with me. I definitely need some essential survival items. And if I’m stranded for a long time, it’d be nice to explore the island in my running shoes. To pass the time, the beach sounds like a great spot to improve my bunker game with my sand wedge and golf balls.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
First, I would like to thank my parents, Ellen and Scott, for supporting me every step of the way. From sports to academics to other life endeavors, they have always encouraged me to do my best. I also want to thank my twin brother, Evan, for always being by my side and having my back. My sister, Emma, is the most upbeat sister in the world. Thanks for that. Additionally, I’d like to thank my coaches, specifically Brent Pearsall and Bob Travers; teachers; friends; and the yobs for making high school the best time of my life.