|High School||Tom Cooney||(315) 560-2363|
|2nd Team All-League Honors (Center State Conference, Division 3)
Voted team's Most Improved Player
2nd Leading Scorer in Section 3 as a sophomore with 25.6 ppg
|Started the first game on the Varsity team as an 8th-grader and have started every game since
helped team to an 11-8 record and a sectionals birth, the best season since 1993-1994.
Been on high honor roll every marking period of my high school career
First and foremost, I would like to praise the community I live in for being so incredibly accommodating. The people in the community continue to help me with whatever it is that I need in order to reach my goals. In the near future, I would like to travel down the Operation Southern Comfort group, which is an organization founded in nearby Syracuse, New York, that sends down volunteers to help rebuild parts of New Orleans who continue to struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I would also like to become a better role model for the elementary children, possibly by interning at the elementary school. Another one of my goals as a part of the community is to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Being healthy and above the influence has a much more colossal impact on playing than most people might think. I know for me, basketball is my life, and I would never let a miniscule party hurt my chances in making it even the slightest bit. I need to be on top of my game every time I step onto the court, and my teammates count on me to lead them to victory. I cannot appease the desires of my teammates if I am under the influence. I cannot fail them, I cannot fail me. Also, in the phrase "student-athlete", student comes first. My lifelong dream of playing college basketball will not happen unless I hit the books every single day.
I feel as though for my age, I am very involved in community affairs. For example, I help coach Youth Basketball on Saturday mornings during the winter and help pack Christmas dinners for those in the community and surrounding communities who are less fortunate than I am.
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