by Erica Thompson
payson high school intern
If you follow Payson High School's Longhorn varsity football games, you are certainly familiar with Jeremy Greenberg. At 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, this young man promises to be a major force for the Longhorns this year.
In his last year of high school, he also is serving in a leadership role as the Student Body President. But the accomplishments he seems to be most proud of are his superior academic achievements.
Q: How long have you been playing football?
A: Since ninth grade.
Q. What position do you play?
A: Offensive left tackle and defensive end.
Q: Do you play any other sports?
A: Yes, I play basketball, but I don't know if I am going to this year.
Q: During football season, what is your workout routine?
A: Every school day, I practice from 3:30 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m. Friday, we have our games, and on Saturdays we watch films.
Q: What does your diet consist of?
A: Being an offensive lineman, a lot of food anything and lots of it.
Q: What is your philosophy regarding football?
A: I want to win, but the most important thing is to have fun. This is my last year playing football and I want to get everything I can out of it.
Q: What would you change about the game if you could?
A: I would give offensive linemen more chances to score touchdowns, maybe get their name in the newspaper every once in a while.
Q: Do you think academics and sports mix?
A: I think academics are the most important, but sports are also important. Sports give you that break that is needed sometimes, whenever you become wrapped up in school and other things.
Q: What is the most significant accomplishment you have made on the field?
A: In our last game, we have over 400 yards rushing. It is hard to say my individual accomplishments on the field because of the position I play.
Q: What is the most significant accomplishment you have made academically?
A: I am ranked first in my class, based on GPA.
Q: What do you owe your success to?
A: My parents
Q: What do you want to do when you get out of high school?
A: I would like to go to the University of Arizona and major in Business Management and then go to law school and become a lawyer.
Q: What does being student body president mean to you?
A: It was a goal of mine since I was a freshman. It is important to me to involve as much of the student body as I can. I'm trying to get school to mean more than just a place to check in and check out of.
Q: What legacy do you think you will leave behind on the senior class?
A: I would just like to be remembered as someone who is friends with everyone.
Q: What do you think about the recent terrorist attacks on America?
A: It makes me sick to my stomach, the horrific events that happened. I mean it's tragic to see all those people die and the symbols of America crushed and demolished.
Q: How do you think the student body should respond to the tragedy?
A: It is important they stay centered and calm, and remember the nation will respond to the negativity. It is important to trust our government right now as well.
Q: What words of encouragement would you give the student body this year?
A: I would tell them to get involved in everything they can. In a short time, we will be having to pay bills, get jobs, and pay taxes. Enjoy your freedoms and living under your parents' roofs.