Whether it be for his huge performances in critical games - like scoring 38 points in a quadruple overtime game against rival Oliver Ames; or scoring 32 points at home against Canton , becoming the first player in school history to reach the milestone as a junior; or his heroics throughout the 2012 MIAA state tournament bringing his team to the TD Garden - or his warm-hearted personality and infectious smile, former Stoughton High boys' bsketball star Aaron Calixte will not soon be forgotten by his classmates, teachers and SHS community as a whole.
In July, Calixte announced his decision to forgo his senior year at Stoughton High and transfer to a prep school in Maine to finish out his high school career. He now plays for the Pandas of Lee Academy located in Lee, Maine, and is picking up right where he left off in Stoughton.
Calixte reclassified when enrolling at Lee and is in his junior year, aiming to get scholarships from major Division 1 college basketball schools. Calixte already has scholarship offers from Quinnipiac, Fairfield University and Towson University.
Lee Academy is one of the premier prep-schools in the Northeast. Heading into the Holiday break, the Pandas are 15-3 and play almost double the amount of games that are played in the Hockomock League. Calixte and the Pandas travel as far as Canada, New York and Boston to play some of the toughest opponents in the region.
Calixte who started the season coming off the bench, now is a starter, the only junior starter on the team, playing alongside four seniors who are all going to major Division 1 colleges next year. At Lee Academy Calixte is not needed to be the team's main scorer, so he has been able to work on improving his game as a whole, becoming quicker, an improved passer and better defender than ever.
"Lee Academy has helped me grow so much as a basketball player and as a student," Calixte said. "We do a lot of work without even touching a basketball so it has helped my quickness, conditioning and strength. At Lee I am playing with all future Division 1 athletes so I am able to grow my game in so many ways other than scoring."
Although now bearing the blue and white colors of Lee, Calixte will always have a special place in his heart for the black and orange of Stoughton.
"I miss Stoughton every day. I miss the school, I miss the people, I miss our coaches and teammates," he said. "I had the best three years of my life at Stoughton High School and deciding to leave to come to Lee was the hardest decision of my life. I think about Stoughton and all the big games and crowds we played in front of every single day."
Calixte also talked about what his three years at Stoughton taught him as a person.
"Here at Stoughton, is where I grew up and matured as a person and player thanks to the coaches, teachers, and friends who always believed in me," he said. "So many people helped me become a better person during my time at Stoughton and even though I am in Maine now I still cannot thank them enough for all their love and support. I think about everyone in Stoughton all the time."
Calixte was home for the holidays and actually got a chance to see his former squad in action, attending the Blue Devils Holiday Classic in Randolph and had some thoughts about this year's Stoughton High boys' basketball team.
"This years Stoughton team is a very dangerous team," Calixte said. "If this team can all gel together like we did last year they can make it back to the TD Garden and win the state championship. This team has a great group of players and coaches that I believe is one of the best in the state."
Calixte added, "I just wanted to say one last time thank you to everyone so much for all of your love and support, I miss the whole town every day and I will never forget everyone who helped me no matter where I end up in life."
As the holidays have ended and the new year is under way, Calixte will return back to Lee Academy and continue to flourish as a player and person.
Calixte made it known he will feel the impact of support from the Stoughton community for the rest of his basketball career and beyond, and it is evident the Stoughton community will remember Calixte for both his basketball skills and his loving personality for years to come.