Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Just six years after starting to play the game, Julie LeVonne won the Section 4 Class C title this year at Chenango Valley. She admits it was a bit of a surprise, but a lot of her success can be credited to her attitude on life.
"It's a really good feeling to know that you actually accomplished something from start to finish," LeVonne said. "When you start out and you're bad at it, or you don't have anything to say about it, and then a couple weeks or months or even years later you can actually stand back and look at all the things that you've done and worked at. I like knowing that I can do that."
Those methodical skills she's developed certainly help when it comes to her success in math and science. However, on the tennis court sometimes things are a little different.
"On the court, I just kind of go for it. At this point all of the skills are just muscle memory," she said. "To serve and to hit, you just get on the court and leave your mind and just play."
But whether its her free-swinging attitude on the court or her calculations off of it, she's been successful. She holds a weighted GPA of over 100, while also participating in countless other clubs and programs. It's safe to say, this senior will be missed on the Chenango Valley courts.
"She's just such an easy person to work with," said coach Mark Smith. "Hardworking, smart, never quits, just a pleasure to coach."
Her Section 4 title adds to an already sweet high school career, she says, "It's kind of like the cherry on top of the Sunday cause it's just one more thing I can say made my senior year awesome, which was what I was hoping for in the beginning of September."
That is why Julie LeVonne is this week's Academic All-Star.