Academic All Star - Ray Jones

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

Crunching the numbers has always come easy to Ray Jones. The Union-Endicott senior wants to use that talent to someday become a math teacher.
And in addition to his math skills, he's already honing his skills as a teacher.
Ray says, " Generally just hanging out with my friends, I enjoy helping them out. And at diving helping other people out with dives, I just enjoy doing it."
Ray also puts that analytical approach to work in the pool, studying his dives to try and get better.
" Obviously not specific numbers and stuff, but yeah, thinking about, I have to do this with my body off the board, thinking that way it's definitely helpful."
He began diving in the 8th grade when the team needed someone to fill out the roster.
He made a similar switch in the band room.
Originally a trombone player, he switched to the tuba when no one else would play the instrument.
He's now a member of the all state band.
That adds one more hurdle to trying to keep up a 95 average.
" I've had to kind of make a few sacrifices here, not big things, but you know I have diving practice, I have a band concert that I have to go to where I can go to 30 minutes of diving and then go the concert. And a lot of my coaches are very lenient about it, they enjoy me doing their sport, but also doing other things."
He's a man of many talents, and is constantly on the move. But it all pays off now.
Ray Jones is this week's academic all star.

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