Academic All Star - Amber Bowe

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2009 at 3:34 PM EDT

Her school day starts in the hospital and ends in calculus.
In between Vestal senior Amber Bowe packs in 1 college class, 2 advanced placement classes and International Baccalaureate studies in Spanish.
Mix in an all-star on the field hockey team and you have yourself an academic all star. Here's Brendan O'Reilly.

With a school day that just won't quit, Amber Bowe uses whatever free time she can find to get some work done, even if it means starting a new pre-game ritual.

" I'm usually the one in the back doing my homework while everyone else is listening to music. But it's fun, and I find I can still find a way to get my work done."
Some might call that an aggressive approach to academics. But it's nothing compared to competition on the field.
"I don't know if you can still see it but last Tuesday I got a black eye from getting hit in the face with a stick. So it is physical and you have to be aggressive. The more aggressive you are the better it turns out to be. You cant be afraid of the ball or the other players or you're more likely to actually get hurt."
For Amber aggressive play is part of wanting to win, whether it's getting an edge studying pre-med next year, or mini golf with her friends.
"My 2 best friends always tell me I'm a sore loser and can never lose. Even if we're playing tic-tac-toe I always have to try my hardest and win."
She plays field hockey and lacrosse with that competitive edge, helping her succeed. But her coach says it never crosses the line.

"She's definitely competitive but she's also respectful of the opponents and her teammates as well. So there is that competitive side, definitely, but the respect is always there for whoever she's playing against."
A straight "A" student who studies just as intensely as she plays, Amber Bowe is the ultimate example of the academic all star.

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