Name: Jack Samett
School: Tappan Zee High School
Sport: Boys soccer
Athletic accomplishments: Samett, who plays center defense for the Dutchmen, had four goals and two assists this season through Thursday. The three-year starter scored the game-tying goal on Sept. 24 against Pearl River to force overtime. He’s the captain of the team this season. Last year, he was Journal News All-County honorable mention. Samett helped the Dutchmen reach their first Section 1 title game in program history last season.
Academic accomplishments: Samett currently has a 100 average. He’s looking at North Carolina, Virginia, Cornell, and Michigan as possible colleges. He’s in the top 20 percent of the senior class. He’s taken all honors and five AP courses. He’s a member of the National Honor Society and History and Spanish honor societies. Samett’s been on the Exceptional Honors every quarter since middle school.
School and community involvement: Samett is the treasurer for the Spanish Honor Society. He’s the president of DECA. He’s worked with his mother (Cynthia McMurtie) at the Center for Safety and Change in New City.
Getting to know Jack Samett
The Journal News: How’s the boys soccer season going so far?
Jack Samett: I think it’s going pretty well. I’m scoring a lot more than I usually do but I’m really focused on my defense, trying to lock it down while the offense does what it can.
TJN: Why did you want to play soccer?
JS: When I was a little kid, I liked to run around a lot. I was a very energetic kid. Watching the World Cup on TV also helped.
TJN: How long have you been playing defense?
JS: I wasn’t playing on the defensive side of the ball until I got moved up to varsity. On JV and modified, I was the center midfielder. I was playing upfront last year as well.
TJN: After getting to the Section 1 title game a year ago, how much would it mean to help this team finish what you started?
JS: I think it’s the number one goal for not only all the seniors but for the rest of the team. Winning the league is one thing, but winning sections is a whole other level especially for our school who hadn’t won one (in soccer) before. To win it would be the best way we could go out.
TJN: What are you looking for when you are looking at colleges?
JS: I plan on majoring in business. All of those schools have great business programs. I like big schools and not all of them but most of them are big sports schools, so that plays a big role in that.
TJN: Will you continue playing soccer for whichever school you go to?
JS: I don’t think I’m playing a varsity team for college. If I play, it’ll be intramural or on a club team.
TJN: Why study business and what aspect of business do you want to focus on?
JS: Finance. I’ve always been interested in business. It’s something that intrigues me. My dad works in finance so it was something I grew up on. Math was also my strongest subject.
TJN: What’s been your most memorable community service work?
JS: One of the things I like to do community service-wise is I coach a recreational basketball league in one of the churches near me. I really enjoy doing that.
TJN: Why does winning the Rockland Scholar-Athlete mean so much to you?
JS: I think it’s really important, balancing school and sports. Every coach says it but to me it’s of special importance. I have heavy course loads and I’m really passionate about soccer. It’s really important to balance that out.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.