Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - "I guess I play with my heart every time I step on the court," says Colin.
And that's just one reason Colin Gerner is a captain of the 14 and 3 Golden Bears.
After playing a smaller role on last year's section champion team, Colin spent his entire summer getting faster and stronger so he could help carry on the winning tradition with his senior class.
"It's definitely been a joyride," says Colin. "You know, you put the Vestal jersey and there's some past excellence I guess you can say so to be a part of it in front of the Vestal Den Men, screaming crowds every night, it's very exciting."
"It's been a goal of his for a long time," says head coach Ryan Hayes. "He's put in his time, paid his dues as far as waiting for his senior year and being a leader so we're happy to have him."
His hard work has also paid off in the classroom.
Colin is one of 10 students in the entire area selected to participate in the New Visions Engineering Academy.
For the first half of every school day, he gets hands-on experience at Lockheed Martin and the Huron Campus in Endicott.
"It kind of gives me a glimpse of what the future is in a big corporation such as Lockheed and I'm not just going through a normal school day, but the first half of every day I'm working with businessmen and engineers who have worked at Lockheed for 20-plus years," says Colin.
And besides playing the part of computer science genius, Colin definitely looks the part too.
"So would you say you're probably the best dressed kid in the senior class?"
"Oh yeah, no doubt about it," says Colin.
"I don't know if it's gotten him anywhere as far as more dates or stuff like that, but he's one of the better dressed," says Hayes.
Dressed to a "T" and a role model around school.
That's why Colin Gerner is this week's Academic All Star.
In Vestal, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.