Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Alison Samsel doesn't take the easy way. In fact she seems to seek out the hardest path, and still rises to the occasion.
Whether it's traveling across the world in a student exchange program, or trying out new events in the pool, she finds a way to stand out.
And this week's academic all star shows us there's never a good time to take a break.
" I would have preferred it just because I feel like I've been sitting here for a week, not doing anything but eating at the house. "
After the weather forced her out of the pool for a few days, Union-Endicott senior Alison Samsel is getting right back to work.
And she's not just busy, she is overloaded with an internship, 3 AP classes, after school clubs and 2 swim practices a day.
" Stressful, but I just kind of push through it. There's not a lot of time to relax. "
As busy as her life is out of the water, her time in the pool has been equally challenging this season as Alison has added a new stroke to her work load.
" When I was in sophomore year JP put me in the 200 and the 500. This year I actually started doing better in the fly, and now i'm the best on the team in fly, so I do that instead of the 500."
" Over the earlier years, Alison was primarily a distance swimmer for us. This year I had her swim a little butterfly just to try the event and she did quite well. When we got into sectionals here she said maybe I can try that. And I think she's willing to swim anything if it helps the team out. "
Just like putting the team first in the pool, Alison puts academics first outside of the water, and she keeps up a 97 average.
She's spending half her day interning in a law office, but wants to study Bioinfromatics, which works on the human genome project.
Well rounded, in every way.
It's why Alison Samsel is this week's academic all star.