Chenango Forks senior Tom Dybas is a man of many hats, even if they're all baseball caps.
He can do a little bit of everything on the diamond, and does it all in the classroom
Gabe Osterhout introduces us to this week's Mirabito Academic All Star.
Chenango Forks senior Tom Dybas has a love of learning, whether on the baseball field, or in the classroom.
He carries a high 90s average, and took 5 college courses during his junior year.
Now, he's studying at BOCES for half the year, taking a sustainable communities class.
A class he feels will help in his future profession as an engineer.
"I'm learning about the environment a lot and different sustainable practices and it'll help me out a lot.
"Just definitely want to find a couple of ways to support the environment and help people."
Coaches say he's been a big help leading the team in his 3 years on varsity.
While Chenango Forks didn't pick captains this season, Dybas is the unquestioned leader.
"I think the kids respect him for a lot of different things he brings to the team. It's a combination of a lot of different qualities...his work ethic, his drive. Tom is an absolute workhorse and I think the guys respect his focus on a day to day basis."
If you watch the Blue Devils play, you'll never see Dybas at the same position.
He's the team's utility man, meaning he plays all over.
"It's great. You get a little different perspective of the field from everywhere, what people have to do. You get a better understanding of the game too. What each person has to do at a certain time...it helps your baseball knowledge as well."
Dybas will head to St. John Fisher in the fall, with a desire to learn as much as possible about life, baseball and engineering.
And that's why Tom Dybas is this week's Academic All-Star.
In the Town of Chenango, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.