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Difference Makers: Park City's Alejandro Vieyra

Published June 30, 2013 10:59 pm

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Athletics • Park City's Alejandro Vieyra, a dynamic winger for the Miners, is the first person in his family to graduate from high school and will be the first person in his family to attend college. He'll play soccer at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Calif. He helped a traditional powerhouse Park City program stay that way during his three-year career. His effect on this year's team was immeasurable both as a team captain as well as a player with flair who consistently set up Park City forwards in front of the goal. "Soccer made me stay on track for school and made me feel more comfortable with everything," he said. "Soccer is everything for me."

Making a difference • It was about making others feel comfortable. Since he was 12, Vieyra, a recent graduate of Park City High School and captain of the Miners' soccer team that went to the Class 3A state title game this year, has served as a translator for students and parents in the Park City area. He worked with the Park City Soccer Club and other soccer programs as a translator for Spanish-speaking parents to sign up their children for various teams and camps. He's also interpreted for elementary children and their families at Parley's Park Elementary. When people needed him, they'd simply give him a call and he'd drop what he was doing to help. During his time at Park City High School, he worked with Educational Advantage, a private tutoring center, to help Spanish-speaking students with their homework as well as English-speaking students with their Spanish classes.

He says • "Helping people makes me feel better. I don't get much in return, but helping them makes me happy."