Allan Mwirigi, who was born over 8,000 miles away in Kenya, describes his beginnings at EC as, “I came to EC not knowing anyone at the school, or the whole of New Jersey, but I made some friends for life by my third year here.” As a student that has been around the world and back, Allan represents a unique perspective within the EC community and has used his experiences and distinctive personality to make a positive impact on the community as a whole and everybody who he has met.
Though Allan has always been seen in the community for his charismatic comedy, hence his winning the “most likely to drop his phone in the toilet” award in the senior poll, his success both in the classroom and the athletic fields are second to none. As quick as he would be to make a joke about it, Allan has seen tremendous success in academics throughout his time at EC, which has earned him a spot in the NJIT class of 2024 as a college destination. He is aspiring to be an engineer, if only because his “grandma told him to”, and his record in the science and math fields prove that he has a chance to achieve that goal.
Though Allan has always been seen in the community for his charismatic comedy, hence his winning the “most likely to drop his phone in the toilet” award in the senior poll
On the athletic fields, Allan has been a 3- year varsity starter for soccer and has led the team in goals for his senior season with 8 and recently was voted to an all county team despite not being in a league. Though soccer is his first love and what he has seen the most success in, Allan was also a 1 year participant on the basketball team. Allan says, “My favourite extracurricular activity was soccer. I had a lot of fun and made lots of memories and friends playing soccer, which is a sport I’ve always loved, but I enjoyed basketball too even if I had never touched a basketball before I came here. I really enjoy playing it now and will play at any chance I get.” Allan was a frequent participant in lunch and after school pick up games even when he wasn’t playing, and even donned the eagle costume for multiple community nights.
The funny, tall kid that scored the penalty in the senior night game
Though Allan describes his own legacy as, “The funny, tall kid that scored the penalty in the senior night game,” it is obvious he will leave much more of an impact on the school than that. Allan’s example of how to be an excellent student athlete while not taking himself too seriously or becoming overconfident will resonate with everyone he has encountered for years to come. His ability to lighten any mood and make the best out of any situation, while still remaining a dedicated and diverse student and friend to the whole community is a spectacular display of the success of transfer and relatively new students in EC.