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Whitney Young's Jalen Aguilar Named Chicago Bears Community High School All-Star Award Winner

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The Chicago Bears announced today that senior offensive lineman Jalen Aguilar of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago has been named the fifth Community High School All-Star award winner of the season. The Community High School All-Star award recognizes high school football players making a positive impact in their community and school throughout the season.

Aguilar came into the football program with limited experience, but has become a valuable member and leader, due to his willingness to be taught, ability to understand complex material, determination to master difficult techniques and diligent pursuit of improvement. He rarely misses an opportunity to help teammates, whether it’s carrying heavy equipment to practice, helping a younger player with additional drills or taking time out from his lunch period to help with a weight lifting session. Off the field, Aguilar started a tutoring group at his local church, St. Rita of Cascia, for immigrants studying for their U.S. naturalization test earlier this spring after a friend’s father was deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He also collected donations to purchase school supplies for the group. Additionally, the majority of Aguilar’s high school courses have been honors or AP classes. He has earned a 4.83 weighted GPA and will become the first member of his family to attend college after he graduates high school this spring; he plans to pursue medical school after he earns his undergraduate degree. Aguilar is directing the $500 donation he receives for winning the award to St. Rita of Cascia.

 

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