Academic All-Star: Abby Galyon

By Travis Eldridge

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Abby Galyon is part of the Seton girl's tennis team, but when she's in a match, her individual ability to depend on her skills and toughness shines through. The same things she uses in her AP and honors classrooms.

"In school, I feel like you are the person who dictates what grade you're going to get, like you dictate how much homework you're going to do or how much studying," said Galyon. "You really have to push yourself, just like in tennis, I have to push myself."

She's pushed herself into a successful player on the court. Galyon made it to the state qualifiers last year, and posting a one-loss record at number one singles for a team that just clinched this year's STAC Central Division title.

While those results and her win-loss record are finite facts, how she gets there is a little less black and white.

"She sees things well, she really anticipates things well," said Katie Loughlin, Seton's head coach. "She anticipates the ball well. She figures out her opponents well."

"It's not always who is the better tennis player, it's who plays better that day," said Galyon. "So it's not all black and white, there are some gray areas too."

Her success in the classroom is similar. She enjoys the black and white nature of math and science, but some of that creativity from the court has led her to the art room as well.

"Art is just so subjective, and in math and science there's just one answer and I think it's just such a good balance to have all of those subjects in one day," she said. "You get the black and the white and then you get time to be creative and to have more than one answer. It's just really nice."

Painting a pretty picture, not only in the classrooms, but also on the courts for Seton.

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