Meet the Inspiration Behind Unstoppable Adonis, Marvel’s first Braille Comic Book.
“He’s more than just one thing,” said his mother, Veronica Watt. “He’s a student, he’s an athlete, he’s a scholar, he’s an ambassador and he’s a pioneer… he’s not breaking records, he’s setting records.”
The buccaneers embarked on a 110-mile sailing trip in the Caribbean— crewing the ship. Their journey training for and taking part in the trip was chronicled in a film called Ocean of Obstacles.
Watt also joined Brophy Prep’s track-and-field and wrestling teams.
In his spare time, Watt is learning how to play basketball.
Adonis is the quintessential humble hero. “At the end of the day, I’m just being me,” said Watt. “It’s not like I’m trying to be a role model. I’m doing things I would regularly do even if I wasn’t getting all this attention for it.”
“Notoriety hasn’t changed him, but it’s changed people who have felt held back,” wrote azcentral Reporter Richard Obert in a story about Watt. “They see or hear what Watt has done and it inspires them.”
“He’s Unstoppable Adonis the comic book right, but his life is literally him being unstoppable with his education, unstoppable with his physicality, unstoppable with his confidence, his competence and his skill,” said Veronica Watt. “He would say, don’t limit yourself by accepting labels. You have a diagnosis that’s a scientific conclusion but there’s so much more that you are.”
Rio Salado serves as the largest provider of dual enrollment education in Arizona, helping nearly 7,500 Maricopa County students at 43 schools across the Valley earn college and high school credits at the same time. Adonis got started with an environmental science class last fall.
“I probably started dual enrollment the third week of school,” said Watt. “It’s a sophomore level class so it’s not crazy hard… but like anything in class you have to put effort and time studying into it.”
“I’ll tell you three things about dual enrollment: time, money and comfort level/ competence,” said Veronica Watt. “Your kids are going to be in school for less amount of time. You’re going to save money… you’re paying community college rates for college credits. And then you have the competence. They’re graduating and they’re already comfortable. They’re not going to walk into college as freshmen.”
Among this spring’s Rio Salado associate degree graduates will be three dual alumni who have since transferred to other colleges. They will be earning degrees through the Maricopa Community College’s reverse transfer program, which allows students to combine their community college and university credits to meet the requirements for an associate degree.
“Adonis won’t graduate with an associate degree, he’ll probably have 30 credits, but you know, we’re okay with that,” said Veronica Watt.
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“It’s helping me transition to college,” said Watt. “I don’t think about it too much but in the back of my mind I kind of just remind myself this grade is going to count for that class in college so I’ve got to put everything into it. I’m not going to be playing football forever. Education is something that’s going to be there after football. It’s something that’s going to be there forever. Once you get it nobody can take it away.”