Mighty Longhorn Doubles As Student Body President

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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.

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