TERREON BROWN- CHRISTIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Terreon Brown, I am a Freshman at Christian Brothers High School (Memphis,TN), Class of 2014. The positions I play are FS,WR, and CB. Out of those three I like FS the most.

What was your best game?
It was in 2009 in Middle School when my team went to the State Championship against Paris Inman, which I had 2 touchdowns and 160 yards in that game. But, we failed to hold them at the 20 yard line with 20 seconds to go in the 4th quarter.

Who is the best player you have played against?
The best player I have ever played against was my best friend Marquez Sanders. He is a great competitor on and off the field. We have a fun time fighting for our positions and he really works me until I get it right

How do you make your team better?
The best way to make your team better is to have a positive attitude and pushing your team to your success goals. Work hard, work hard, work hard, and I promise you will get better. Just have FAITH.

Who is your favorite player?
My favorite player I would have to say Josh Bullocks. He represents what a good football player should be and we have the same football number which is 36.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and Education are important to me because without good grades I can't play football and also I can't get into a good college.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My only thing I can give to the other young people out there is, follow your dreams and do what's best for you. When I'm on the field all I'm thinking about is tackling the man with the ball. You got to be focus in all the sports you play and the number one rule in sports especially when you are still in school is make good grades. Without good grades you are basically saying I don't want to play sports.

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CONNOR HARRIS- CHRISTIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Connor Harris, I am an Freshman at Christian Brothers High School (Memphis, TN) class of 2014. The positions I play are: Running back, Kick Return, and Corner back. Out of the three, I personally enjoy KR & RB most.

What was your best game?
In my opinion my best game came against Whitehaven High School's 9th grade freshman team. During the game, our first drive, my first carry, I scored from 48 yards. Even though I was pulled from the game before halftime, in the first half I had achieved: 3 touches, 74 total yards and 1 touchdown.

Who is the best player you have played against?
The best player I have ever played against: hmm, that's a good one. I cannot really give a great answer because I'm on the Freshman team, not yet experienced Varsity, but I can say the best TEAM I have ever played against was Memphis University School. They are widely heard of, after defeating South Panola in 2009 21-19.

How do you make your team better?
I try to make my team better by being wherever the coach needs me. I was a team captain and consider myself to be a positive role model for all the athletes surrounding me. Sometimes being strict, or assertive is what it takes to get the job done.

Who is your favorite player?
My Favorite football player is Lamichael James. I say Lamichael, because of the many similarities that we both have in our styles of play. I enjoy seeing him do jump cuts, jukes, spins, and many other types of moves. By watching him, I see that I can also pick up a few moves by observing.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and education are both equally important to me because they go hand-in-hand. Without education, sports is not possible, and in parallel, without sports, you could be missing out on the opportunities of colleges being able to pay for your college career.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
To other student athletes looking on: What I have done that has made me successful is my WORK ETHIC and my DESIRE TO SUCCEED. Equipped with both, how could you go wrong?

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RODDERICK BARNEY JR.- RIPPON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Rodderick Dewaine Barney Jr. I'm an 8th grader attending school at Rippon Middle in Woodbridge, VA. I play AAU basketball with Virginia Dynasty. In school I’m an A and B student. When I finish my homework I’m in the gym working out with my VA Dynasty team at Freedom High School. Before basketball God, Family, and school come first.

What was your best game?
My best game was when I was playing with the older Virginia Dynasty team. I had 20 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists. As I was playing I felt unstoppable. Every time I received the ball I had that mentality that nobody can stop me. When I got in the zone it was a wrap.

Who is the best player you have played against?
The best player I played against was my friend Malik in an AAU game on December 5 on a Sunday. As we were on the court you would never think that we were friends. I say that because Malik and I were just playing so aggressive. Malik and I were crossing each other up, hitting jumps shots in each other’s face, talking smack, and more. We both ended up having about 14 or 15 points. I love playing against aggressive players because it makes me a better ball player.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by giving them a prep talk. If I see something is not right or we aren’t playing to our potential, I tell them that we need to get it together if we want to win this ball game. Also if I see that someone made a mistake or missed a shot I tell them it’s ok and to keep their head up. It’s my job as a point guard to lead the team, control the tempo, and make my teammates better.

Who is your favorite player? 
My favorite player is John Wall from the Washington Wizards. I admire John Wall because he has the full package a point guard can have. What I like about John Wall is that he has the ability to get to the free throw line, he has a mix of scoring and passing, he has a good pick and roll play, and an ability to create his own shot. I’m not saying that’s all he can do but John Wall is something special.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports/education is important to me because without an education you cannot get into college. That’s why it’s very important that you get your school work done because if you can’t get your school work done in the classroom you won’t be able to play the sport you love. School comes first before sports remember that.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Stay in school and get good grades. Remember without those grades you won’t be able to play the game you love. NO GRADES NO PLAY.

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TRENCE BLEVINS- SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name Trence Blevins and I play football for Sheffield High School in Memphis, TN. I'm a cool guy to get along with and I'm very good at anything.

What was your best game?
When we played Fairley High School and I had 2 interceptions and 8 tackles.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by being a leader an I have good sportsmanship. I try to keep my teammates head up and I tell them before every game to be focus and remember what they have to do.

Who is your favorite player?
My favorite player is Reggie Bush because he is a good leader and I really look up to him.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Because if you don't have your education then you can't get into college. Work comes before sports. Just like I work hard on the field, I have to do it in the class too.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Stay in school and don't get into gangs or nothing because that will mess your career up. Stay in the books and make sure you do all of your work.

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TYRONE MCVAY- BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
Hey, I’m Tyrone McVay and I go to Bolton High School. I was on the freshman football team this past season and played weak-side linebacker. I stand 6 feet tall and weigh around 165 pounds. My speed, leg power, and explosiveness stand out among other linebackers in our league.

What was your best game?
My best game was against Arlington High School’s freshman football team. In that game I had 11 tackles, 4 pass rushes, 2 quarterback knock-downs, and 2 interceptions, which made me set a higher standard of play for myself.

How do you make your team better?
I am a hard worker on the field and I help make me and my teammates better by using constructive criticism. I use constructive criticism because it helps show my teammates tricks or how they could do something better without discouraging them

Who is your favorite player? Why?
My favorite player is Demarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys because he is a great all around football player. Even if Ware does not make the tackle, you will always see him getting penetration of the line, which disrupts the initial play, and he shows great hustle.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports are important to me because they teach me discipline which I use on and off the field. Education is more important because if you have a career ending injury in football you need to have a backbone. If you have poor grades you will not go as far as you would with excelling grades.

What do you want to do if sports don't work out?
If sports don’t work out I plan to have a career in management. I chose management because I am good with conducting activities and getting a job done.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
The advice I give to other student athletes is to never give up on anything. If a goal or award means something to you then it should be worth the hassles and difficulties of working for it.

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MITCH OWENS- BRIARCREST HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm Mitch Owens and I'm from Collierville, TN. I am a freshman at Briarcrest Christian School and play football and run track. I play running back and wear #20 for the Saints,

What was your best game?
This season my best game so far was probably against one of our rivals, CBHS. I had two big touchdown runs,which were the first points their starting defense had allowed all year. Unfortunately we came up short in OT.

How do you make your team better?
I help my team by working hard and setting the tone in practice, in the weight room, and most importantly on the field. You can count on me to make something happen when the game is on the line.

Who is your favorite player? Why?
Tim Tebow- He is a great role model and a great player
Trent Richardson- He is a freak. In my eyes pretty much the perfect running back. I try to model my game off his combination of speed, power, and the ability to keep the play alive.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports are important because they teach you important skills for life and also keep you busy and out of trouble. Education is more important though because sports can't take you through life alone. You're only one play away from being done for life.

What do you want to do if sports don't work out?
In college I plan to play football if I can and get involved with the Air Force ROTC program. After that I hope to become a fighter pilot for the Air Force.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Most importantly, trust God with everything he throws at you. Also give your best effort at EVERYTHING. It all pays off eventually.

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TONY MORALES- SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL(U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN)

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm from Arlington, Texas and I attend Sam Houston High School. I'm pretty big.  I'm 6'4 300 pounds.  I like to play alot of video games and I'm real competitive when it comes to video games. I don't like to lose.  I spend most of my free time with my friends just hanging out. I also have a twin brother named Alfredo Morales.  He is my best friend and we like to compete against each other on and off the field.

What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport has always been football.  I've been playing all my life.  What I like most about football is just being on the field with my friends and just working together to achieve our goals.

How did you feel when you were named to the U.S. Army All-American game?
Being named to the U.S. Army All-American team is a big deal for me.  I remember watching the game on T.V when I was younger and I look forward to representing my high school(Sam Houston) and my college(Texas Tech) in the U.S. Army All-American game.

What are your goals as a football player?
My goal as a football player is to be the most physical and most nasty football player on the field.   I want to dominate the person lined up across from me and to do anything possible to put my team in the position to win.

Who is your favorite player? Why?
My favorite football player is Jeff Saturday,offensive center for the Colts, because he is strong and physical and because he is one of the smartest football players around.

What drives you to work hard?
What drives me to work hard is the success that comes down the road.  If you work hard now it will pay off in the future.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports to me are very important.  You can learn alot of life lessons by competing in a sport.   Education is also very important to me because I know that football won't last forever and that later down the road I will have to have a job that requires me to be educated.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Keep working hard even when you don't feel like it.   Hard work on the practice field will pay off Friday on the game field.

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MONTERIES TAYLOR- SENATOBIA HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Monteries Taylor and I'm in the 11th grade. I attend Senatobia High School and I'm from Senatobia, Mississippi. I love to run a lot and I also like to dance.

What was your best meet and time?
My best run was when I ran in division 2-4A and I beat the school record.  I ran 2:17.00 and the time that I had to beat was 2:19.00.

How do you make your team better?
I work hard in practice and I give 100% effort in to whatever I do.

Who is your favorite player? Why?
My favorite player as far as sports go is Kobe Bryant because he has the passion for the game, he loves the game, and most of all he doesn't settle for less.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Education is important to me because without education you have nothing. Education is very important now with the new generation coming up. Sports are important to me because I just love to stay in shape and compete.

What do you want to do when sports is all over?
I want to either be a choreographer or, if I work hard enough, I want to be a track star.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
When you are competing, have good sportsmanship and respect for the other teams and individuals. Most of all just have fun and practice hard.

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MARQUIS MARSHALL- COLLIERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
Hey my name is Marquis Marshall and I'm 15 years old. I'm 5'8, I play football, and basketball. My favorite thing to do is play football. I could play it all day an night. I play for the Collierville Dragons in Collierville, Tennessee and run a 4.57 in the 40. On the field I play running back and linebacker. On the court I play shooting guard and point guard. The most points I've scored playing is 36 points. I was 7 for 9 from 3 point range.

What was your best game?
My best football game would have to be against Southwind High School two days ago. I scored the opening kickoff which was a 92 yards return. I had 14 key tackles, one sack, and I saved the game. Even though I got hurt, it was still my best game.

How do you make your team better?
I never put my team down. If we miss I tell them that we will make up for it next time , if we need a big play I tell the coach to put me in and I can do it. Now, every time we need a big play the coaches call on me " Dr. Marshall". I'm a team leader and I do all I can to help my team. My team is my life until the season is over.

Who is your favorite player? Why?
My favorite player is Ray Lewis. He is the best linebacker to ever play the game to me. My favorite thing to do is watch him play no matter if they're winning or losing. My favorite basketball player is Lebron James. He is the best player in the NBA to me. I think he is the greatest player besides Michael Jordan who's the best of all times.

Why are sports/education important to you?
I think sports can take you a long way along with a great education. A good education will take us a lot farther in life than sports.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Just always keep your head up and play your game. Work hard for you and nobody else.

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EARL SWIFT- SOUTHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Earl Swift. I am a 6'2 basketball player that plays any position needed. I am an sophomore in the class of 2013. I go to Southfield High School. I'm played jv last year for basketball and this year I'm playing varsity.

What are your dreams in life?
To get a D1 scholarship. And in the future I hope to make a million dollars.

What was your best game?
At Joe Dumars when I scored 30 points. I felt unstoppable!

Why are sports/education important to you?
Education always comes first. My mom reminds me of that everyday. Education will always outlast sports any day. Sports, however, is a privilege that only a few people receive. I am blessed that I can go play.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Keep working harder..and get stronger.

How do you make your team better?
Become more vocal. Do whatever it takes to win a state championship

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Keep working in the class room, and on the athletic field!

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CHIN ONUOHA- WAKE FOREST ROLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Chinedu Onuoha ,but people call me Chin for short. I am a senior defensive end at Wake Forest Rolesville High School in North Carolina. I love the game of football and I feel football teaches me alot about life.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams are to one day be successful whether playing football professionally or doing a job that fits me best. Also to do something I love and to get paid for it.

What was your best game?
My best game was the 1st game of this season. I had 14 tackles and 4 sacks. It felt good because I knew we were headed in the right direction and we are 5 and 0 right now.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and Education are important to me because the student comes before the athlete and if you don't take pride in your academics, you can't succeed on the football field.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
To make myself better in football I should be in the weight room a lot more and take everything my coaches say to the heart because they are here to help me. Also, be coach-able, watch a TON of film to correct my mistakes in practice, and go to off season workouts because that is where the work is put in.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by pushing others in practice, teaching younger JV players what I know, and asking questions if I am confused. Also, being a team player, try to be selfish, and trust my teammates around me.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Make the most out of high school sports because it goes by fast. Take whatever your coaches say seriously because they want to see you succeed. After the season go to the off season workouts because it really pays off when the season starts.

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JOSH BURKE

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm an 11 year old from Miami, Florida. I'm 5 foot and I weigh 93 pounds. I play quaterback, wide reciever, kick return, and safety. I play AAU basketball and I play point guard and shooting guard.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams are to make it to the NBA or NFL.

What was your best game?
My best game was our first home game. I scored 4 touchdowns, threw 1, and we won 49 to 0. I also caused a safety and had monster hits.

Why are sports/education important to you?
So I can get a scholarship and be successful.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can work hard and stay focused.

How do you make your team better?
I keep them pumped up and make them believe in themselves. I also congratulate them for making good plays.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Never give up, play your hardest, have fun, never be scared, and play your game.

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MICHAEL WINKLER- BRYAN STATION HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm Michael Winkler. I'm a 6'0, 165 pound senior quarterback from Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

What are your dreams in life?
I want to play football for as long as I can. When I'm done playing the game of football, I want to become a head high school coach and the take it to the college level.

What was your best game?
My best game was last year in a game that decided if we made the playoffs. I threw for 235 and 3 scores to get the win.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports to me is a way to get a free education that will benefit me for the rest of my life. Without education we aren't anything.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Personally I have to keep my emotions in control, but as a leader I need to bring my team together as a unit.

How do you make your team better?
I'm one of the most experienced players on the team so that helps. I make plays that put the people around me in the position to make plays for themselves.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Hard work defines who you are as a player and as a person. Keep your head up and get it done.

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FRANK HERRON- CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Frank Herron and I'm a sophomore at Central High School in Memphis, TN.  I'm a 6"5 1/2 basketball player and I love to work hard to make my game better.

What are your dreams in life?
Take my game to the highest level I can and work for Adidas.

What was your best game?
There was one game where I had like 34 points at halftime.

Why are sports/education important to you?
I want to be the 1st in my home to go to college and make my mother and others proud. With a good education I will have options to do great great things in life.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Keep working as hard as I can each and everyday to make myself the best ball player I can be. Also, talk to others to see what they see I need to do to improve my game to go to the next level.

How do you make your team better?
Talking to them, motivating them, and trying to make it fun. I always tell them to give it 110%.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Just do what you need to do get better and better everyday in your sport and in the classroom.

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GREGORY MERZIGIAN- WAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm a freshman at Wakefield High School. I'm 5'7 and weigh 150 pounds. I play hockey because it's so much fun and there's nothing like putting on those pads and skating out on the rink to make saves. I'm big on training for hockey. I love making jokes with my friends and playing all kinds of sports with them out in the street.

What are your dreams in life?
Like any other serious athlete I would like to play for my favorite colleges (Boston College or Maine University), or any other strong D1 team. After that I would like to see where hockey takes me and at what levels I can play at.

What was your best game?
One of the best games I've had was in my last season. We we're playing one of our rivals and I had around 50 saves. Unfortunately we had a bad loss of 4-0.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Hockey and education are my life. If I'm not doing homework I'm out on the rink or doing something to help me with hockey. Being out on the rink makes me more happier than anything else. I also believe that good education is one thing that gets us to have a college or university to pick you over a athlete just as good as you or maybe even a little better with bad grades, which is why I'm taking all honors classes to raise my GPA.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Just to keep working on my endurance and practicing as much as I can. Practice makes perfect and perfect is the goal I'm striving for. When you're as serious of an athlete as me, you have to be doing everything perfect.

How do you make your team better?
On most of the teams that I play for, I get around 20 shots against as an average. Stopping as many as I possibly can keeps my team in the game and making good saves gives them momentum to help them score. I tell them that as long as I'm doing everything I can to help them they need to do the same for me.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Some advice I could give is to make sure you can be able to manage your sports and school work so you can get them both done. Make sure you put school before your sports because like I said before, if there's another athlete out there that's just as good as you but has better grades colleges and universities will no doubt pick them over you.

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KEVAWN LORD- AMHERST HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Kevawn Lord and I'm a 6'1 rising sophomore guard that plays for Amherst High School.  I play basketball everyday, all year long and hope to reach my full potential and play at the highest level I can.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams are the same as any other athlete.  I want to play at a good D1 college basketball program and then see where I can go from there.

What was your best game?
I was playing an AAU game in Worchester and I had 26 points in a hard fought losing effort against a team from Cape Cod.

Why are sports/education important to you?
I love playing sports.  I don't know what I would be doing if I couldn't spend my time playing basketball. I need to focus more on my education just like I do my sports.  I plan to focus a lot more on school, but still put in work on the court and in the gym.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
A few things that I can do to improve my sport is by working hard practicing, getting in the gym as much as possible, and to stay focused on my goals.

How do you make your team better?
I take basketball seriously and try to do the things that my team needs. If we're losing and no one else is scoring then I'll score.  If we need a 3 then I'll find us a 3, whether I shoot it or find an open man.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Definitely stay focused with your grades and keep playing hard.

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BO BROOKS- HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm Bo Brooks and I'm a senior at Henry Clay High school. I'm a soon to be four-year lettermen in football and track. In football, I play running back and cornerback and have been a three-year starter. I have 1,223 career rushing yards and six touchdowns. I'm a complete running back; I can run, block, and catch. I run a 4.4 forty, have a 36 inch vertical, run a 4.2 shuttle and have a 9'6 broad jump. I made second-team all city as a junior and have won freshmen of the year in football. I come from an athletic family. My dad, Randy Brooks, played and started at the University of Kentucky from 1976-80 in football. He was a member of the 1976 peach bowl team and the 1977 10-1 team that went undefeated in the SEC. I have two cousins that currently play in the NFL. I have a cousin named Jordan Pugh, who is a rookie safety for the Carolina panthers and Montavious Stanley who is a five-year NFL veteran Defensive Tackle for the Miami Dolphins. Last, but not least, my Uncle Jimmie Brooks was the all-time leading rusher at Eastern Kentucky University and played for the San Francisco 49ers. In track, I run the 100, 200 and 4 by 100 meter relay. I run 11.0 100 meter dash and 22.9 200 meter dash. I was a state participant in the 100 meter dash and the 4 by 100 meter relay this past year. In football, I am receiving interest from UK, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Illinois, Virginia, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, and Morehead State.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to play college and pro football and get a college degree in education.

What was your best game?
My best game was last year in 2009 against Dunbar high school when I rushed for 111 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. My Team won 47-0.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports are important to me because I have been playing them since I was six and have enjoyed it. I meet lots of new people through sports and love the competitiveness that comes with it. I love working with others to make the team better. Education is important to me because it’s one thing that's going to take me far in life. It’s always known as a back-up plan if anybody doesn’t make it in sports. I love history, so I hope to become a history teacher one day. On the academic end, I have 3.5 GPA and nine college credit hours already as a current high school senior. I've completed English 101 and 102. My Act score is a 20.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can get better by continuing to work on my weaknesses and flaws. I also can also continue to watch film and learn to correct my mistakes from certain games and listening to my family members that have played at the college level or pro because they know what it takes to get there.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by leading by example vocally and non-vocally. I encourage the young players and new starters to pay attention, watch film, get reps, work hard, and listen to coaches. I encourage my teammates to be leaders on and off the field.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice to other student-athletes is work on your weaknesses on the field and in the classroom. Also my advice most importantly is to have fun playing sports and enjoy life.

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FAHMI FARAH- AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Fahmi Farah and I am a rising sophomore at Amherst Regional High School. I play basketball every season. I try to stay humble and I work hard. I am a 5'8 point guard and I'm skinny but am starting to hit the weights and get stronger. Last year I played AAU for Dunbar community center in Springfield.

What are your dreams in life?
My dream is to play division 1 basketball then get drafted into the NBA.

What was your best game?
My best game was in an AAU tournament in Hartford, CT. I had 20 points and I missed only 2 shots, was 5/6 on 3's and the team started to play really well especially on the defensive end. There were four other players in double digits that game and it went from a close first half to a blowout.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports are important to me because I have loved playing since before I could remember and I always loved to compete and hate to lose in anything. Academics are important because you cannot achieve in basketball without academics. I have seen a lot of players who have had the talent and didn't make the grades so I’m trying to do the opposite. You can't play in college without the grades.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can make myself better at basketball by working hard everyday, staying humble, always going 100%, setting goals then going out and attaining them. To get better you have to play with people better than you or just as good, never play below your competition level. Be a student of the game and never stop learning.

How do you make your team better?
I can make any team I am on better by being a leader on and off the court and keeping my team involved at all times by distributing the ball. I have always been a guy who likes an assist just as much as a score. By working hard, being the first guy in the gym and the last one out will send a message to your team and they will want to do the same. Always lead by example.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Always keep focused, work hard in school and on the court. Improve everyday, have pride, and never be afraid to guard or play with somebody. Carry yourself as if you are already a college basketball or NBA player but never be cocky. Always be respectful and listen. Actions speak louder than words.

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JAMES "LIL J" WEST- VA DYNASTY

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is James Howard West, IV. My family and friends know me as Lil' J. These days, I go by JJ too since I'm a huge JJ Reddick and Duke fan; and I can shoot the lights out! My other favorite player is Allen Iverson, because I plan to be the next big thing out of Va in his image. I am a student athlete, with a big emphasis on the student part. Having both my mom and dad as teachers, there is no slacking off when it comes to school.

Being a part of the gifted education program and the Math & Science specialty program at my school, I have to work extra hard to maintain good grade or I lose out in the gym. (Yes, my mom will take basketball away if she is not pleased with my grades). Outside of that, I have a little brother Jalen (7), and a little sister Jayel (3) who are some of my biggest fans. I was born in Washington, DC on June 25, 1998. I then moved to Woodbridge, VA when I was 1 year old and have been there ever since. Those who know me say I was born with a basketball in my hand. I started playing on a recreation team when I was 6 years old, but was always in the gym with my dad who has been a basketball coach for the last 12 years.

My dad is currently the head boys basketball coach at Freedom High School where I would play unless I go private school. When I was 10, I started playing with Team Takeover and had the opportunity to travel up and down the East Coast. Just this past Spring, I left the team to play for my Dad under his organization -VA Dynasty. That is where I feel at home and motivated to be me on the court. With that said, I plan on making some noise with my new team Virginia Dynasty starting the new 2011 AAU season. Remember my name- James Howard West, IV. You can follow me on my Youtube account by typing in James West 4th. I'll rep Va to the fullest two up two down.

What are your dreams in life?
My dream in life is to finish high school with honors and go on to Duke University with an academic scholarship to study within the field of Science. It is also with great ambition that my hard work in the classroom continues to carry over to the basketball court so that I can play for Coach K. Then its on to the NBA so my mom can retire.

What was your best game?
I had plenty of good games. The one I can recall recently is when I scored about 27 points and 8 assists. That was a great game because I was allowed to "DO ME" and still get my teammates involved.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Both of those things can help me be more successful in life. My mom always tells me that "education comes first because you can always break your leg". Both of my parents have instilled in me how important education is and once that is taken care of, the sky's the limit. That's why I can't come home with a C, and I always have all A's.

What can you do to make yourself better on your sport?
To make myself better, I need to work harder in my daily workouts, perfect my defensive play, and most importantly, play every game like its my last. My dad works me and my future back court mate out R.J. Barney as he prepares us for Freedom. With me and R.J. we will when two state titles for my father I promise.

How do you make your team better?
That's the first part of my game- I am a team player. I have great court vision which makes me able to see where my teammates are to get them the ball. I can score when I want, but like Lebron I choose to get everyone touches, because team comes first.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Keep working hard in the classroom first, then carry that same work ethic into practice and into the game. Hard work and discipline is what gets you to the finish line.

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DANIEL APREM- NASEBEN HIGH SCHOOL (IRAQ)


Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Daniel Aprem and I was a student at Naseben High School but now I'm a student at the Institute of Trade and Marketing. I am from Iraq in Duhok City. My height is 5'11 and I played the 1 and 2 on the court. I use to play with the school team and Duhok Club.

What are your dreams in life?
My dream in life is finishing my school and college. After college, I want to play on the European Clubs or any team outside my residence. But if I don't succeed in that , then I would like to do something with the law.

What was your best game?
My best game was last year in the Municipal Championship game I scored 25 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Education and sports are important to me because playing basketball all year around keeps me out of trouble. Education is very important because its our future. With a good education I will find a good job.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can make myself better by practicing on my own everyday. Shoot 500 shots around the court everyday and running we'll improve my game. I have to work hard to be better in future.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better in practice. I always encourage and push my team to do the right training and work hard to make great union together in the team.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice for other athletes and students is to never give up on your education. If you read hard you will succeed on the exam. In sports, if you train hard you will be successful and you will be great player in future.

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BEN TEICHER- RUTGERS PREP

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Ben Teicher and I am a rising junior at Rutgers Prep in New Jersey. I play tennis and basketball. I was recently named an all prep selection for New Jersey High School Tennis. I am 5’11 and weigh 150 lbs.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to play college tennis and after college have an impact in people’s lives either being a teacher or a coach.

What was your best game?
My best match was in 2008 I was playing in a district championship and I was down 6-3, 3-1 and I rallied to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and education are really important in my life because even though I love playing tennis year round and playing basketball with my high school and AAU teams, my dad always taught me that I need a quality education to succeed in life because making it to the professionals is extremely rare. Developing good work habits for school now can only help me if I am playing college tennis at a prestigious academic school.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I have to take it one day at a time and constantly work at my weaknesses and improve my strengths to become a better player. I have to stay dedicated and determined to get better and when times are tough to persevere and get through it.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by leading by example and giving it my all day in and day out and making sure that I push my teammates at all times. If the team chemistry is very strong, we will be successful.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice for other student-athletes is to perform well in the classroom and work hard in whatever you are doing and you will be in a good place.

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DANIEL KING- SOUTHFIELD-LATHRUP HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Daniel King and I am a 9th grader and I will be attending Southfield-Lathrup High School next school year. Also I am ranked one of the top 8th graders in the state of Michigan. I averaged 17 pts and 6 asts this AAU season.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to become a McDonald’s All-American and get a basketball scholarship to any Division 1 college program. Also I want to make it into the NBA and become a NBA all-star point guard.

What was your best game?
My best game to me was when we to a AAU tournament and I won MVP and I had 28 pts and 8 asts.

Why are sports/education important to you?
That is important to me because I need education and sports is my passion. Also you need education to really succeed in anything you want to do in life.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can become some of a better off-guard and learn how to rebound a little bit better.

How do you make your team better?
I involve all my teammates and keep everyone happy while playing my all around game.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
To never give up on your dreams and to work hard everyday because it’s always someone out there working on their game when you're not.

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MICHAH GLENN- DETROIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL


Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Micah Glenn and I'm a 5'9 point guard. I attend Detroit Country Day School and I'm in the class of 2013. I've been playing basketball since I was 5 and prep spotlight ranked me one of the top freshman in Michigan.

What are your dreams in life?
My dream in life is to go to college on a Division 1 basketball scholarship. It is my dream because it is something attainable that can lead to better things. I don't have to go pro from it but I can get an education by receiving it.

What was your best game?
My best game was probably this summer when I scored 30 points at Stanford University High profile camp. It was my best game because it was basically a 1 on 1 match up between me and this kid from Chicago and we were going back and forth, bucket for bucket, in front of all the coaches there.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports/Education are important to me because they both teach you life lessons.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
By working hard at it and making sure that playing that particular sport is what I want to do.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by playing together with them on the court and being enthusiastic about what there doing when I'm not on the court. Making sure my teammates know I value them is also very important.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Just continue to work hard to reach your goals. It will pay off!

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JORDAN PAGE #79- PRINCETON DAY SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Jordan Page. I'm 6'4", 15 years old, and I go to Princeton Day School. I play football and basketball.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are one to graduate from the college of my choice and following that, play professional football. If that doesn't workout, I'd like to pursue a career in Music Marketing/Production.

What was your best game?
My best football game was freshman year against St. Andrews. I had 2 sacks and 5 tackles on Defense and I didn't let up any sacks as a Left Tackle.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and education have always been important to me since day one. I love to play basketball and football whenever I can, but I know that without good grades, sports just becomes a hobby and I won't have the opportunity to play in college.  More importantly, I need to have a good education to get into college and be successful if professional sports doesn't work.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
In order to make myself better in football, I have to continue to dedicate myself to the sport. Keep going to camps, practice everyday, work hard and mentally and physically progress in football. Lifting more, working out whenever I can and correcting every mistake.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by always going to practice with a 110% effort, having the right attitude, try to be a leader, and being a good teammate. Also, I give it my all when I play and do what my coaches expect out of us.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice is time management. You have to know how to balance your school work, sports, and social life and try to figure out what's the most important to you. Education comes first and then sports, but try not to be distracted with the social life.

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DONTAE JONES- EWING HIGH SCHOOL


Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Dontae Jones and I am a junior at Ewing High School. I'm 6'4 and I play the 2 and 3 on the court.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to make it to the league one day but if I don't succeed in that, then I would like to do something with the law.

What was your best game?
My best game was this year in AAU. I had 15 points and two dunks.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Education and sports are important to me because playing basketball all year around keeps me out of trouble. Education is important because even if I don't make it to the pros, with a good education I will be ale to find a good job.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can make myself better by practicing on my own, running to stay in shape, and get in the weight room. I have to work hard to better my overall game.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by in practice always pushing my teammates to make them work hard. When the entire team is on the same page, we have a better chance of being successful.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice for other players is to never give up and always have a good attitude when you play because you never know who is watching you play.

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DARRIAN MILLER- BLUE SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Darrian Miller. I play football for Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, MO. I play running back. I'm a 2 time first team all-state selection. I'm going to be a senior this year.

What are your dreams in life?
I would say to graduate from college with a degree in business management. Then move to Colorado and open a business.

What was your best game?
My junior year against Blue Springs South in our rivalry game I had 15 carries for 265 yards and 6 TDs.

Why are sports/education important to you?
They are important because I used one to get the other. By playing football, I'm able to further my education.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Practice whenever everyone else is taking breaks. Outwork the competition so you are able to play at a higher level than everyone else.

How do you make your team better?
I would say by leading by example for the other players. I make plays and they follow the lead and do the same so it works out.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Work harder than you ever have so you can achieve what you've never did. Always put school as high as a priority than sports are to you. Make sure you are still having fun while you're working for your dream.

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STEVEN HAWKEY- THE PENNINGTON PREP SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
Hey, my name is Steven Hawkey, and I live in Pennington, NJ. I'm a soccer player and have been playing soccer my whole life and enjoy the sport a lot. I am one of 3 siblings, I have an older brother and a younger sister. My dad is a girls soccer coach and he has made me a better player over the course of my lifetime. I currently play for NLSA (Next Level Soccer Academy) which is a soccer club located in Pennington, New Jersey. I'm a HUGE Pittsburgh fan and love the Steelers and the Penguins. I enjoy cooking and traveling and just hanging with my friends.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to play college soccer. I have talked to some coaches already, but I'm hoping to speak to more, with bigger names. I also love to travel and would like to explore around the world. I have been to Spain and Costa Rica and they have encouraged me to take opportunities to travel. It made me realize how beautiful the world is.

What was your best game?
I don't remember my personal best game, but I have had some very solid games over the past couple of years on my team. I play center striker, as well as center mid field. I like to posses the ball and I'm not afraid to shoot from distance.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and education are both equally important to me. Although I enjoy soccer more than academics, I know they they go together. If I want to have the chance of playing good D1 ball, then I know I'm going to have to get good grades and perform in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I have to continue practicing hard every day. I know that my school soccer team, Pennington School has made me a lot better of a player, playing with Chandler Fraser-Pauls (Lafayette) Kyle Roach (Maryland) Oliver Murphy (Richmond) and Nate Broccoleri (undecided). They have helped me become a better player, and still teach me new stuff about the sport. I have one more year playing with these boys and I know that we will have a successful team. I am also doing individual work with Paul Johnson, a former USA national team player who is helping me take it to the next level. Chad Bridges has been my coach for a long time and is the key to my performances and always make sure I'm playing my best.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better with my intensity, skill, and leadership. I hold the ball up well and play well with my back to the goal. I am not selfish and would give an assist for a goal any day. In the attacking third I'm not scared to shoot the ball and take half chances. I lead my team in goals, and continue to perform every game

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
My advice for other student-athletes is to never give up. You don't have to be the most skilled player, but if you work harder than everyone else, that's just as good. Don't back down from challenges, and even when times get tough, keep your head up.

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TY'LEKE LOVE- DOBYNS BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Ty'Leke Love I am 13 years old and I'm 6ft and going to the 9th grade I will be attending Dobyns Bennett high school in Kingsport , Tennessee. I want to start early to get recognized so I can go to a top Division 1 school.

What was your best game?
I played alot of good in my career but my best one was last year at Nationals against the Soysa Suns. I had 34 points 6 rebs and 7 assists.

Why are sports/education important to you?
The reason basketball is so important to me is because I have played it all my life and most of the boys in my family have went on to play college basketball. I want to get a good degree to have after I'm out of college in case I don't go pro.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can get better by doing practice drills over and over.

How do you make your team better?
I can make my team better by keep pushing them and showing them how to do something if they don't do it right.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Just to don't give up. If you want to be the best player, give 100 percent effort at all times.

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NATE HOWARD- CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
Hi my name is Nate Howard and I attend Cheshire High School in Cheshire, CT. I play basketball and Volleyball. I am 16 years old and I am 6'10". I have been playing basketball all my life and started playing Volleyball 2 years ago and I enjoy playing them both.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are to play basketball or volleyball at the college level and continue to play sports as I grow up. I also want to play in the NBA or play in the Olympics for Volleyball.

What was your best game?
My best game was in the regular season. I got fouled with .4 seconds left in the game and we were down by 2. I made both shots and sent us into overtime. Along with my 22pts, we won in overtime.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports are important to me because I love to play them. It's what I have been doing all my life. Education is important to me because it will help me get into college and help get a good job for my future.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
What I do to make myself better is practice on my shots and low post moves in my free team. I try hard in practice and try to make myself a better player.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by helping them out and cheering them on to help give them the motivation they need to be better players. It is very important to play as a team and cheer them on.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
Some advice I can give to other student athletes is to practice hard, study hard, and you can play or do anything you want in life.

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BALA WAGON- SUCCESS CITY ACADEMY (KUMASI-GHANA)

Tell everyone about yourself?
Bala is my name, from Kumasi-Ghana. I am a Basketball Athletes currently enrolled in SUCCESS CITY ACADEMY High School and played for Kumasi SLIZZERS Basketball Team. I play as Point Guard.  I am 6ft 3inches tall and it's always in my mind to be among a winning team.  I love to score in a game and playing defense against my opponents. I also like extra training after I finish with my Coach and teammates. I have a dream of playing in High School and College in United States and then someday pursue to the highest level if I get the nod.

What are your dreams in life?
My aim is to play at either NBA, D-League or FIBA someday and not going there just like that but to show my Coaches, teammates, fans and others the best of me. I want to go there to show the best of myself.

What was your best game?
Actually my best game was in 2009 Inter-Schools Basketball Tournament, both at Semi-Finals and Grande Finale, when we met K. T. I. High School.  We were down, I got the rebound, and went on a fast break for 2 points for us to make it the finals.  The other game was wining against Anglican High School in the finals with the help of my 22 points to win the trophy in the history of the School.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Both are important to me.  Playing Basketball will give me the opportunity to further my education.  I am very serious with my books.  I am Business Accounting student in my 2nd year.  My second vision is to be an Accountant or Banker someday but I prefer to play in the NBA.  I don’t know where my future lies so I am trying to make both, one is going to happen!

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
It is very important for everyone to better him/herself in whatever you plan to do in the future. For me, after training with my Coach and teammates, I spent 2 hours on private training 4 times per week and 3times per week on my books because I don’t know what will happened in future. In all, I am doing very well to get to a High School in the U. S. and perhaps College where I will get better training facilities to better myself to play in the NBA someday.  It is always in my dreams.

How do you make your team better?
This is my field, when my team is in need I play as much as I can to raise the team up.  As a leader of the team, I do play a difference in all time to help the Forwards to make the basket for the team. For instance, in 2009 Inter-Schools playoff I did the same against K.T.I. High school and recently my community team Slizzers Basketball Team against Lebanon Basketball Club.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
What I have for my fellow colleagues is “Education is the Key to Success”.  The NBA is second to non sports in the world, but remember if you are in school please try to learn both and focus on your training and books.  If I get the nod, I'm sure I'm going to do the same.

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LAWRENCE POILLY- DEULOFEU MIDDLE SCHOOL/DEULOFEU HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
My name is Lawrence Poilly and I'm 14 years old. I play point guard and shooting guard for my 8th grade team. I'm 6'2, I can dunk, and I love to score. This is the reason I average 24 points per game. Next year I will be in high school and I just want to be the best basketball player I can be by putting in work every day in the gym. I have D-1 college plans and also NBA plans so we'll see what happens the next few years.

What are your dreams in life?
My goal is definitely going to the NBA and not just going there, I want to be a star in the NBA. I want to get there and be the best when I get there.

What was your best game?
I think this season I have three best game,
#1: I scored 32 points.
#2: I scored 24 and dished out 12 assists.
#3: I scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and education are very important for me because both give me a lot of support so this is the reason I want to be better at both. I think a lot of good high school players don't pay attention at school or they skip school to do others things. These kind of players can't be good student-athletes without instruction or without education. This is the reason I maintain a 3.2 GPA at school and I study a little bit every day. It's a lot of pressure to maintain good marks in school but I handle it well.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
Well, I can be better by working hard everyday, 2 hours a day. I learned the game of basketball by watching NBA, college, and high school games. I learn from every player I watch so the little things can make you a better player. For me, the most important thing is to learn from every mistake you do in a game when you workout because little things do great thinks.

How do you make your team better?
I make my team better by working 110% every time I touch the floor by creating a chemistry that no one can break, by supporting my teammates in every phase of the game, and by giving support when they're not doing their best. I can also make my team better by holding my match-up to 0 points and play defense as if it were the last thing in my life. This is why we were regionals champs.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
I have to say only two things, school comes first and do what you have to do without being cocky.

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RONALD BAINES- EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm Ronald Baines but everyone calls me "Duke". I got the name from my toddler years.  I have been playing football since the age of six.  I would have to say I have a passion for the game because if I didn't I would have stopped awhile ago. My parents are not together but that doesn't mean they don't support me.  I see my dad everyday and he helps me be a better person. My mom on the other hand is the best mom there could be because the way she supports me in whatever I do.

What are your dreams in life?
To be a coach or a trainer. My trainer is Coach Greg Pease from Fear None Training.  He is a great up and coming coach/trainer and you should look him up.  I also would love to play in the NFL but without Jesus Christ none of this can be done so I just need to focus on what needs to be done.

What was your best game?
My best game was against Seneca High School.  I had the 1st hit on our defense playing corner.  I ended the game with nine tackles and 2 interception. This was my best game because I felt that I was unstoppable on the field.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and Education are very important to me because I figure with out neither you really can't be successful in today's world.  You will always need something to fall back on after sports no matter what it is.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
I can eat healthy, get the proper amount of rest, and get as many workouts as I can because everything is muscle memory.

What is your dream college?
My dream school was always the University of Michigan because of one of my favorite players, Charles Woodson, went there and became an All-American. I have family there so when I was younger, probably around 10 or 11, it was the 1st college that I had ever visited.

If a College Coach ask you, how can you make our team better, what would you say?
My character, my abilities, and my smarts.  Some players are smart guys but they can't tell you what the other players are doing wrong on film.  I have football smarts.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
To the other future student-athletes I would just say stay focused in school and don't get discouraged. Always keep working to be the best in the class just as you are on the field.  The title of the school that you want to go to does not matter, just make sure it is a great fit for you and your family.

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GRAYSON LEVINE- EDEN PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL

Tell everyone about yourself?
I'm a 6'0, 195lb. Junior Safety at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. I play with a "no regret" attitude and go all out every single play. I'm the hardest working player on the team and it shows through my play, leadership, and preparation. I am constantly watching film to stay ahead of our opponents.

What are your dreams in life?
My dreams in life are first to win a state championship for my school and then play Division-I football. Then after that I'd like to take my skills to the next level and play in the NFL.

What was your best game?
My best game was the State Quarter-Final game in the Metrodome against #2 ranked Wayzata. I had 6 solo tackles, 1 interception, and a sack.

Why are sports/education important to you?
Sports and Education are so important to me for many reasons. Sports help you to build character and mental toughness. These qualities carry over into the classroom and help you to succeed even with all the pressure school puts on an athlete. Sports also force you have an amazing work ethic and dedication which directly correlate to your school work. Through sports and education, one learns qualities that will carry you throughout your life whether its a professional athlete, businessman, teacher, etc.

What can you do to make yourself better in your sport?
To make myself better in my athletics, I put in countless hours of training and lifting. I am in the weight room 5 days a week and work on position specific drills constantly. Although I may work on the physical aspect of football, where I differ myself from other players is the amount of time I spend watching film. Every week while preparing for our next opponent I watch anywhere from 1-3 hours of film after every practice. This helps me to stay ahead of the opponent and their game plan.

What is your dream college?
My dream college is a school that provides a great football program, yet an even better school and academic program. I have to attend a school I would still like even if I wasn't playing football. The academic is also very important so I can succeed in life once my football career is done.

If a College Coach ask you, how can you make our team better, what would you say?
I would tell him that my leadership qualities are far above any other players he will meet and through my leadership and IMMENSE passion for the game of football, I will help to bring out the best of every player on the team through hard work, dedication, and mental focus.

What advice can you give other student-athletes?
The best advice I can give is to just have fun and give your all every day to achieve your dreams. Take time to sit back and realize what you have and the opportunities that have been given to you and be thankful for those exact things.

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