Academic All Star - Val Hanson

By Justin Horowitz

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 24, 2009 at 12:47 AM EDT

"There are definitely times when it gets really stressful and sometimes late nights, no sleep, but it's definitely, I love sports so I wouldn't trade it for anything," says Val Hanson.

And that's Newark Valley senior Val Hanson in a nutshell.

Three-sport athlete, honors student and role model.

Val was named to the all-state first-team for soccer this past fall and also captains the Cardinal hoops team.

Somehow, she even found time to be in the school play.

Val says sports are an outlet for her competitive side, but they've taught her even more about about life.

"Being on a team and getting to work with everybody, it's really awesome," says Val. "It's taught me a lot of discipline, having to get all my homework done and everything, so it taught me a lot of discipline and hard work and it's definitely paid off."

"Coaches say a lot about being a coach on the floor, but she really is a coach on the floor," says head coach Dave Beck. "You tell her something once and you don't have to tell it to her again."

Sports are so much a part of Val's life, she hopes to make a career out of them.

She plans on playing at least soccer in college while pursuing a degree in sports management...

Anything to still be near the games she loves so much.

"I've been told that I should not do this or not do that, take a season off or something, but I couldn't do it," says Val. "I wouldn't know what to do if I wasn't playing a sport."

It's that single-minded dedication and work ethic on the court and in the classroom that make Val Hanson a perfect choice as this week's Academic All Star.

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