Academic All Star - Melia Wakeman

By wbng sports

January 14, 2011 Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 1:14 AM EDT

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

"I'm not amazing at the sport, but I work hard everyday. I work hard at practice, work hard on the court. My work ethic is the most visible."

Not the way you'd expect an all-star to describe themselves.
But then again, Sidney junior Melia Wakeman is no ordinary all-star.
You probably won't see her winning any scoring titles.

Or hitting a last second three pointer to win a game.
But that's exactly how she likes it.

"I want our team to do good. I don't care if I score 20 points. I'd rather dish it to someone on the back side and have them score 20 points if it means success for our team."
Wakeman says the thing she enjoys the most about playing basketball is defense and being a team player.

Coach Brad Aldrich says she truly fits that role.

"It is, it's what you really need though and that's what we're looking for and it's good that she recognizes that's what her job is on this team too."

Wakeman isn't just a hard worker on the court.
She also works hard in the classroom.
Evident by her nearly 97 average.

Her grades were so good, that she was offered admission into Clarkson University after her junior year.
While she was flattered, she decided to turn it down.

"I decided against it because I wanted to spend my senior year in high school, playing sports, going to my prom, senior trip, all the fun stuff."

But fun is something that only comes, when all her other work is done.
And that's why Melia Wakeman is this week's Academic All Star.

In Sidney, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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