Calixte Explains Decision to Leave Stoughton High for Prep School
Boys' basketball star Aaron Calixte informed his SHS basketball coach, John Gallivan, that he will be transferring to Lee Academy in Maine. In a one-on-one interview, Calixte expressed faith in his now former teammates being able to succeed without him.
Although ex-Stoughton High boys' basketball captain Aaron Calixte's reign at the school will end after his junior season, the memories and legacy the now attendee of Lee Academy (located in Lee, Maine) leaves behind will last a lifetime for his former classmates and the Stoughton High community.
Calixte, who started at point guard all three years of his Stoughton career, led his Black Knights to the MIAA state tournament every year, including a trip to the TD Garden this past season where the D2 South Sectional Champion Black Knights fell just short to Brighton in the D2 state semifinal game.
Stoughton High coach John Gallivan told Stoughton Patch on Sunday that Calixte will be transferring to Lee Academy, a prep school in rural Maine.
Calixte will reclassify and join the class of 2014.
Those who knew Calixte on a personal level would be able to rave about his down to earth personality and his ability to get along well with just about anyone. The 1,000 point scorer's personality and the way he carries himself is just as amazing as his skills on the basketball court.
The decision for Calixte to leave his hometown of Stoughton was not an easy one.
Calixte described his decision as, "Extremely tough. I really could not imagine myself not graduating with my class, and all of my friends I have made in Stoughton. That's the toughest part, leaving all of the people I've spent these last three years with."
Between Stoughton and other prep schools, Calixte had many different possible landing spots for the 2012-2013 season.
The choice seemed very logical to Calixte who stated, "I chose [to attend Lee Academy] because it's not somewhere I'm familiar with. I am starting new here, there is not much to do, and no distractions from basketball. I also have one of my AAU teammates who goes there as well so I will have somebody to help get me settled in."
The choice to go from public high school to prep school, directly affects the college stock of a recruit. Calixte will look to even further impress the scouts and obtain a college scholarship.
Calixte was very humble when talking about his college goals, "I want to attend a four year college and above everything get a degree. If I'm lucky, and if everything goes right I hope to also play college basketball. It would be great to play college ball, but my education is most important to me."
Calixte's time at Stoughton High will not soon be forgotten by the Stoughton community as a whole. Calixte is the only junior to surpass 1,000 career points in school history, and is just the 13th boy or girl at SHS to reach the milestone overall.
His accomplishments have helped to unite a town during Stoughton's 2012 playoff run in the MIAA tournament. Stoughton is a place that will always be near and dear to Calixte's heart.
"These last three years have been the time of my life. I had a great three years. I met a lot of positive people and a lot of people who wanted the best for me. I cannot truly express my appreciation for these people. I wouldn't change the last three years at Stoughton for anything," he said.
The team will now look to move forward and have a successful season without its award winning point guard. Calixte's impact on the court can never be completely matched but Stoughton will look to duplicate the success without him.
Calixte still thinks Stoughton will be a very competitive team without him. "They will do just fine. Coach Galv [John Gallivan] is a great coach so I know he will make the proper adjustments to have another successful season without me," he said.
While this is the end of one chapter of Calixte's promising career, another journey is just beginning for the Black Knight at heart. No matter what colors Calixte wears in the future, the town of Stoughton will always embrace him as one of its own.
"I will always be a Black Knight at heart and I will be checking in on the team as much as I can," Calixte said. "I believe they can make a return trip to the Garden."