Academic All Star - Jackie Hastings

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 2:22 PM EST

"I think I'm kind of average, like, I don't know, there's nothing like that crazy about me."
Vestal senior Jackie Hastings is just being modest.
To really call her average is selling her way short.
The senior captain is a three-sport athlete and while she won't break any scoring records, the Golden Bears wouldn't win many games without her.
Coach Larry Dake says, "Every team needs a player like Jackie who provides leadership and maturity and is enthusiastic and when you've gone through a season of ups and downs, players like that make a difference."
Jackie says,
"I like playing defense. I like being scrappy. I like trying to get the loose balls. I like creating turnovers. That's the things I like to do."
She's a rare player that likes doing the little things that normally go unnoticed.
But Jackie's tough not to notice in the classroom where she maintains a 98.5 average.
Just like on the court, she's constantly working, constantly doing whatever it takes to succeed.
"I brought my homework in the car with me to practice to wherever else I need to go just to get it done because I don't have a lot of time at home to do everything."
This year, an AP course in psychology helped Jackie discover her passion.
Now, she plans on studying it in college, but not before she puts it to good use on the court.
"I like trying to think about how people think and what makes them think that way. I guess it helps more in games to think how players think almost."
Whether she's getting into opponents heads or just locking down on D, Jackie Hastings is anything but average, and that's why she's this week's Academic All Star.
In Vestal, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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