Academic All Star - Zach Jeske

By wbng sports

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton)

"Stay focused, stay determined and keep my priorities straight."
That's the goal of Chenango Forks senior quarterback Zach Jeske.
And his parents and his brother, a former academic all-star, have helped keep him on that path.

"My parents have always obviously been strong on school and it just means my brother was a good role model and I looked up to him."

Jeske is the leader of a football team that's fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
He runs an offense that relies heavily on the ground game, and sometimes on his legs.
But he says he wouldn't have nearly the success he's had this season if it weren't for his teammates.

"It's all team...it's all team. It all starts with the offensive line and then it goes to our backs so really, especially if I hand off the ball, I mean it's really not even me. I get the snap and hand it off. Then it's the front 5 and then you've got the backs so its definitely team."

His coach Dave Hogan says, "He's certainly not an in your face guy, that's not his personality but he certainly encourages, he's vocal at times, certainly by example is his style as well and you can tell it's important to him."

Jeske excels in the classroom, carrying a 95 average.
His favorite subject is math.

As for his future, he's looking at joining the Air Force to major in aeronautical or aerospace engineering.
It would continue a family tradition.
His father was in the Navy, his grandparents in the army.

"I've always wanted to have experiences they've always been talking about too and also to serve my country."

A student that likes to make his family proud and live up to their legacies, in the classroom and on the field.
And that's why Zach Jeske is this weeks Academic All-Star.
In the Town of Chenango, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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