Academic All Star - Alicia Opela

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2008 at 11:01 PM EDT

"To tell you the honest truth, my favorite part of it is just to step onto that field."
That's because captaining one of the area's better soccer teams is probably the easiest part of the day for Alicia Opela.
The Susquehanna Valley senior is in her fourth year anchoring the Saber defense.
She's gone from an intimidated freshman on the varsity to the team's unquestioned leader.
Opela says, "I know a lot of the players ask me where to go on the field sometimes and it's a nice feeling to be able to pass on the knowledge that I once got from the veterans from past years."
coach Ted Hudock says, "She's one of those types of kids that really motivates people to do their best because they always see her trying to do her best."
And that means off the field too.
Alicia is the president of her youth group, a peer leader and a member of the national honor society.
She's also a key member of the county champion mock trial team that competes against other schools to correctly apply the law while playing out a real court case.
"Objection, leading."
A court room and a soccer field might not have a lot in common, but they do to Alicia.
Both have allowed her to be a leader and get results.
"It's a lot different setting but at the same time, it's still a lot of pressure because each person has to know their part. As long as both sets of team members know their spot and they do it correctly then you succeed both places."
Which she does whether it's on the playing field or off it. That's why Alicia Opela is this week's academic all star. In Conklin, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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