Return to Headlines

A Season to Celebrate Graduates: Derrell Mabon

Derrell Mabon is a classic triple threat in sports. 

Sports have defined his career at Loy Norrix High School. He played four years of varsity football, four years of varsity basketball and four years of track.

He took one detour in his extracurriculars to take a leading role in the school’s production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” in the fall. 

What was scarier: facing down an opponent on the field or standing on stage on opening night? “Definitely opening night,” he said. “I wanted to try something new. I had a really good time doing it as well.” 

Mabon will be attending Ferris State University in the fall. He hopes to study electrical engineering and to play football while in Big Rapids. 

He was the winner of the Schupan Award and the Desmond Family Scholarship — both of which are given to outstanding scholar athletes. 

“The thing I like about sports is the competition,” he said. “I’m a real competitive person. I like to test my might against others to see how much more I can do to keep going.” 

His favorite sport is definitely football, which he’s been playing the longest, starting with Rocket Football in elementary school and continuing as a player for Linden Grove. 

The football field served as the location of the favorite high school memory for the running back. 

“My best high school memory was my sophomore year when we played against Kalamazoo Central at home and I sealed the game with the last catch,” he said.

“We were up by a touchdown. It was the third down and we had to get a first down to end the game or they could get the ball and score. “He passed to me straight down the middle and I caught it with one hand to get the first down.”

Most influential person: My father is a big influence. He has always been there for me and pushed me to do better Derrell Mabon was a triple threat in athletics at Loy Norrix. and better things. He’s an amazing person.

Favorite teachers: Ted Duckett, Niambi Pringle, and Paige O’Shea

Best advice for students: You just have to set your priorities. You can think about ‘Oh, I have to be with my friends’ or ‘I’ll have time later and the work can wait.’ Your work can’t wait — you have to do that first.