Name: Michael Smith
School: Hen Hud High School
Athletic accomplishments: Smith has 21 goals, seven assists and 27 ground balls for the Sailors. He’s four goals away from the school record for career goals, according to coach Craig Salmon. He’s been a member of the varsity lacrosse team since eighth grade and has been a starter since his freshman year. Smith will continue playing lacrosse next year for Marist College. He’s the captain of the lacrosse and basketball teams as well as a member of the football team. In basketball, Smith holds the school record for 3-pointers in a game with seven and was the Hen Hud Holiday Tournament MVP. In football, Smith, who played six different positions this season, was all-league, all-conference and all-section.
Academic accomplishments: Smith currently has a 90.6 GPA. He scored a 20 on the ACTs. Smith is taking Advanced Placement and honors-level classes. After school, Smith’s a member of Hen Hud’s Leo’s Club and the Stars and Stripes Club. In the community, he volunteers with Hen Hud youth lacrosse clinics and the Sailor Basketball Camps. He will lead the Hen Hud lacrosse team in the Relay for Life in June. Smith was chosen by the school district to to be involved in the Sportsmanship project, where he was photographed for public relations with a young athlete in the community.
Getting to know Michael Smith
The Journal News: How did it go Thursday against Lakeland?
Michael Smith: It was a tough one. We lost 11-5. We kind of struggled.
TJN: What does it mean to you to be four goals away from the all-time career scoring record?
MS: The person who holds the records now (Kevin McDermott), I played with him for two years. I looked up to him as a lacrosse player. He was awesome. He did everything right. He was just so great. I wanted to be like him and knowing that I’d be on the same level as him is just so awesome to me to look back on. I grew up wanting to be like him and now I’m on the same level would be just great.
TJN: What made Marist the right fit?
MS: I wanted a school that was small and Marist has 5,000 kids. So it’s the right amount of people. I wanted an older-looking campus. It’s right on the water. It’s real close to home so I could come home if my sisters had a big event, if I want to see my parents. That’s a big deal for me. It’s so close and my parents can come watch the games. They’re my biggest fans.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study?
MS: I think I’m going to study something in business. I’m not sure what field of the business school I want to go into yet. It’s definitely going to be something in business.
TJN: Why business?
MS: In school, I’ve always liked math. It’s definitely my best subject. I definitely want to continue that in college and take that to another level.
TJN: As a member of the Stars and Stripes Club, what’s it like to work with the Wounded Warrior Project?
MS: My sister (Danielle) started the Stars and Stripes Club this (school) year. For Veterans Day we made cards and went to VA hospitals and talked to the veterans. We handed out the cards and it’s so great to make them smile.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.