Mighty Longhorn Doubles As Student Body President


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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