In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic senior Elijah Walker.
Walker, who lives in Dunellen, is an Honor Roll student, and a member of the baseball team.
He recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.
Here is our Q and A with Walker -
First of all, congrats again on signing with Southeastern University. What was it about Southeastern that made you want to continue your baseball and academic career there, and how excited are you to play college ball there?
Definitely the competition, competition drives you to be better and forces you to get used to being uncomfortable. Obviously, the weather adds to my decision, but I feel Southeastern provides me the opportunity to grow on the field and in the classroom.
What would you like to major in? What type of career would you like to pursue?
The real goal is to keep moving up in my baseball career, but academically I am studying film. The film industry has always been a part of my life due to my mother’s involvement in acting.
How and when did you first get involved in playing baseball and what do you love the most about it?
As a toddler I was thrown into a T-ball game and I loved every moment. I love the pressure that comes with the game because it pushes you to become better and more confident in yourself.
What did you love the most about being a member of the baseball team at UC?
High school ball feels a little bit more personal than on a club team because of all the county rivalries, and you end up becoming brothers on a team with an unforgettable experience.
How tough was it to not have a high school baseball season last year, and what type of things did you do to stay sharp and work on your game?
Being told that we couldn’t play last year considering the high hopes we had coming into the season was tough. While I was in the house I was always trying to get stronger and work on swing timing on the tee.
What do you consider your greatest strengths as a baseball player and why?
I consider my speed to be the strongest asset as a ballplayer. My high contact at the plate is another skill I take pride in.
What are your biggest goals for you and your team for the upcoming high school baseball season?
We find ourselves in a solid county, so we want to prove people wrong this year and win the county championship and go deep into states. Our goal every year is to win games, but these wins will feel extra special due to the circumstances.
You are such a well-rounded student at UC. Can you list everything else you are involved in at UC like clubs, etc.?
During my junior year, I joined the Livestream where me and my classmates would commentate UC games. This was an opportunity to have some fun and work on public speaking. The best memories come from the Livestream crew.
Can you explain how the balance between academics and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in different things?
It comes down to making sure you do what you have to do, and do what you want to do. That’s what motivated me, and it’s always very important to try different things, so you can learn to enjoy little things.
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
I love the positive environment and the fact that it’s not a big school, so you can socialize with the perfect amount of people.
What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?
I would tell younger students that this goes by fast and to enjoy every moment at UC because you will never know when it could be your last.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I enjoy sitting down to listen to calm music
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
History and Mr. Zeigler
Favorite UC baseball moment?
Walk-off win vs Scotch Plains
Favorite non-baseball UC moment?
UC vs. Union boys basketball game my junior year
Favorite UC Event?
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
One word to describe your UC experience?
Share one tip for members of the Class of 2024?
Savor the moment because it goes by fast