Academic All Star - Cassie Diorio

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 14, 2010 at 11:13 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - "I come in every day for extra help, and I have to come in tomorrow," says Cassie Diorio. "It's like you have to stay on track, if you get off pace, then you are behind."

She's keeping her nose to the grindstone, even though she doesn't have to worry.

With her college acceptance already wrapped up, it may tempt some seniors to coast through their final semester.

Union-Endicott senior Cassie Diorio decided to make her schedule tougher, adding AP calculus.

"I know college is going to be a lot harder than this," says Cassie. "And if I slack off now, then I'm not going to make it through college. I just want the rest of my life to be successful. Now my friends might slack off, but I need to continue to work hard."

Her studies are far from one track.

She wants to study health care in college and toured Italy as an exchange student.

She shows that same versatility on the softball field.

"I'm anywhere in the outfield, and I never know where it's going to be," Cassie says. "Very versatile. And I'm a slap hitter, so I hit left handed but I'm really right handed."

"I was glad to hear her say that because I use that word with her all the time," says Tigers head coach Jim Testa. "You're versatile, I can play you anywhere out there, left, center, right. She can handle them, she has the speed to play center and the arm to play right."

A senior leader, mentor, world traveler and honors student.

She does a little bit of everything, and that versatility makes Cassie Diorio this week's academic all star.

In Endicott, Brendan O'Reilly, Action Sports.

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