Academic All Star - Jacquelyn Heggie

By wbng sports

January 19, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM EST

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

An Oxford senior is a 3 sport athlete, who is a leader both on and off the court.
She's also a whiz in the classroom, being on high honor roll all 4 years.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to Jacquelyn Heggie, this week's Academic All-Star.

When you watch the Oxford women's basketball team, you may think you're seeing double.
The team is led by Jackquelyn Heggie and her twin sister JulieAnne.
Jacky says being able to play with her twin is a great feeling.

"We like connect. You know how people say twins feel what the other one is feeling? Well it's kind of like that. We know. We just look at each other and I know what she's thinking, she knows what I'm thinking. It helps a lot on the court."

Heggie is one of 5 seniors on this year's team.
The 3 years varsity player leads the team is scoring, averaging about 10 points per game.

But she means much more to the team.
She's a leader.

Coach Chris Palmer says, "I appreciate more the lead by example. Maybe she's not even aware she does. Being on time for practice, working hard in practice everyday...stuff like that."

While Heggie loves sports, she says her academics always comes first.
As for how she balances playing 3 sports, and still be on the high honor roll for 4 straight years?

"Not sleep..haha...I'm always doing work. I have sports after school and even sometimes, after my school sports I have other sports after that and then I'm doing homework all night long is what it feels like, but I just feel like I need to get it all done."

She plans to head to college and study oncology, though she hasn't made a final decision where.

Heggie says she's interested in cancer, partly because she had a friend who beat the disease, partly because it claimed the life of her grandfather.
She knows it's a competitive field, but that doesn't matter.

Heggie says she loves to compete, in academics and athletics.
And that's why she is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Oxford, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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