Up Close & Personal with Andre Melkonyan

Banner Elk, NC--Join us as we meet a senior from Yerevan, Armenia who came to the US to Charlotte, NC his sophomore year in high school and found his way to Lees-McRae.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?
I wanted to "walk on" the soccer team, but also enjoyed the mountains.

2. How long have you been playing soccer?
I have been playing since the age of 12, 9 years now.

3. What are your personal goals for this season?
To recover from a hernia surgery quickly and help the mates in any way possible.

4. What's your favorite soccer memory here at Lees-McRae so far?
The victory against Clayton State University last season, 3-2. Although I did not play, I saw my teammates come to win after being down 2-0.

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?
I have been with my desire to achieve the best I can.

6. If you weren't playing soccer, what other sport would you play?
I would be a Formula 1 race car driver.

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree?
My major is criminal justice and sociology. I plan to get a master's degree, as well as a P.H.D. in criminal justice. My goal is to work for CIA or FBI.

8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
I would go to1950, to see my grandfather whom I have never seen.

9. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Code of the Street.

10. What is your favorite food?
Armenian traditional food

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I would go back to Armenia, my homeland.

12. What is one word that describes you and why?
Proud… I'm proud of my heritage, family, friends, and where I stand in life so far. I'm proud of the fact that I have my life in my own hands, and the course of my life is dependent on the decisions I make.

Andre's Story … My father has always played soccer, ever since he was a kid. He also played professionally in Armenia years ago. I always grew up loving the sport, but never played it for an organized team until I came to U.S., my sophomore year of high school to be exact. I have always played other sports as well, so it was hard for me to dedicate myself to the sport, although I have always loved soccer. I played in high school for three years, and wanted to play somewhere in college. When I first came to LMC, I tried out my freshman year, but did not make the team. I decided to run cross country. When Coach Whalley became the coach I decided to try out again. To my luck, I made the team and have been with the boys ever since, loving every bit of it.