Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro won a state title, started in the 2018 Polynesian Bowl and was awarded his Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year trophy Wednesday morning in front of his classmates at Saint Louis School.
The award recognizes both “outstanding athletic excellence” and “high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”
“I just try to help others,” Cordeiro said after receiving the award. “It’s not about me, it’s about everyone else. I just try to be a leader on the field and off the field. I just try to look at for my friends and my brothers.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound senior dual-threat quarterback racked up 3,611 total yards and 39 total touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to a 10-0 record and their second straight Open Division state title.
And for the second year in a row, a Saint Louis quarterback took home this award after Tua Tagovailoa earned the honor as a senior last season.
“It means a lot. I’ve been learning from Tua these past two years,” Cordeiro said. “It’s been a blessing. I’ve been working for this my whole life and my whole offseason, and it paid off.”
Cordeiro has maintained a 3.04 GPA in the classroom, but has also also worked with a school-based Mentoring Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.
He makes weekly visits to first, second, and third graders in the community to read and lend academic assistance. Back in December, Cordeiro signed on the dotted line to play quarterback for the Rainbow Warrior football team.
It’s been a whirlwind for Cordeiro, but he sees these accolades and recognition as just the beginning of something much bigger.
“I think it’s the beginning - I’m not done yet,” he said. “All my work paid off a little, this is only the beginning. Next is college, and I’m just trying to do more.”
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