Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Chenango Forks senior Kerry Heller loves the game of basketball and has been playing since a very young age. While you may not see her name filling up the stat sheet, she is an important part of the team.
The 5'3" center says she prefers to be a role player, finding an open teammate or playing lockdown defense. Her coach says she brings an energy and effort to the floor that's contagious.
"Kerry has to check people normally six or seven inches taller than her and probably outweigh her by 20 to 50 pounds more than her," said Maurice Rankins. "Because of her energy and effort, understanding what to do for the team, she is willing to sacrifice her little body for the team."
"I just feel everyone has a role and if someone's role is to sit there and shoot and someone else's is to get them the ball then I feel like together you're going to make the team even better," said Heller.
After this season is over, her basketball career will also come to an end so she can concentrate on her academics. A high 90s student and a member of National Honor Society, Heller likes to use her mind, and likes to hear what others have on her mind. Probably the reason she would like to become a child psychologist.
"I just like to hear what others think and how others see things," said Heller. "I think to see it at a younger age would definitely help out the kids that can't say what they feel for themselves."
Her love of children and helping out has also led her to join an anti-cyber bullying program in her school. Helping others, both on and off the court, is what makes Kerry Heller this week's Academic All-Star.