Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Johnson City senior Rachael Hamlin considers herself a competitive person.
And it shows, not only in her athletic career, but also in the classroom.
She carries a 102 average and is one of four valedictorians of this year's senior class.
And is one of the team leaders of the girls varsity soccer team.
She says one of her driving forces to playing the sport is the competitiveness.
"You don't really have as much of a reason to play. You have a reason to play for fun, but you don't have that ambition to go to win because it doesn't really matter to much."
The other reason she plays is for her teammates.
And while some may just say that, Hamlin really means it.
She says she plays for the name on the front of the jersey much more than for the name on the back.
"It's nice to have a game winning shot, or to be the one that was the all star of the team but in my case, I would much rather give to someone else and let them have that opportunity."
Hamlin is one of the unquestioned leaders of the team.
And her coach says she'll leave a tremendous void for next year's team.
Coach Matt Palmer says, "She's the type of kid you just can't replace right way. Like I said, she can play anywhere I need her to play. She does it really well and without a whole lot of instruction. In practice, it's the same thing."
As for her future, she plans to go to a 4 year school and study science.
Fitting considering her favorite subject in school is chemistry.
Outside of being competitive, chemistry may best define her high school career.
Chemistry in the classroom, chemistry on the playing field, that's why Rachael Hamlin is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Johnson City, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.