Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Since the time he was a little boy, Matt Waite played soccer.
Matt says, "I like that it's a more fluid game. And there's really not a whole lot of down time. It's almost like there's not a lot of pressure on you at all times to avoid making any kind of mistake, you can always make up for it."
Normally, when you think All-Star, you think of a big named goal scorer.
Waite's only put the ball in the net 3 times, and each time the goal was disallowed by a ref.
Even still, coaches say he's a big part of the team.
Coach Ted Hudock says, "He is a tremendous example. He leads by his effort and shows the guys how hard they need to work to try to excel at the next level."
Off the field he shows that same type of effort.
He's a straight A student, but there's more
He's also an accomplished musician.
He plays clarinet, saxophone, and is in the percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble and pit orchestra.
Waite's also been selected as an all-county and area all-state musician.
"I love expressing myself through music and the group of kids we work with here is really great and we get along really well and it's just really fun to do."
Waite isn't sure where he'll be going to college next year.
But says it'll be a 4 year school and he'll study software engineering.
He says that major allows him to work with math and science and show off his creativity.
Waite's programming a promising future in the classroom and on the field.
That's why Matt Waite is this week's academic all star.
In Conklin, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.