Oct 9, 2014 7:56 PM by Ross Field
Zach Bettner is capable of anything he puts his mind too. The Pleasant Valley High senior has proven that in and out of the classroom.
"There's nothing worse than the feeling when you get something back and you tried hard on it and you think I could have studied more, I could have done this, could have done that," said Bettner.
For Zach Bettner, that rarely happens. He takes three AP courses, maintains a 4.5 GPA and is ranked at the top of his class.
Zach is musically inclined. He plays the trombone, trumpet and tuba for the school band. That talent helps him in the pool. He's one of the best swimmers in the Northern Section and during a race he relies on song to keep him calm.
"There's really nothing else you can do except sing a song in your head, because you know otherwise it's just hard to fill your mind with thoughts and singing a song helps with the rhythm of the stroke and everything," said Bettner.
In the spring, Zach plays volleyball. He's busy, yet still finds time to teach children how to swim.
"I'll be at the pool three to four hours a day teaching the trade to younger swimmers," said Bettner.
From academics, to athletics to music to teaching, Zach sure does make an impact.
His target school is UC San Diego where he'd like to major in engineering. He hopes to use his education to make the world a better place.
"I think it'd be cool to go to developing countries and help them build their cities and build their infrastructure and see that development take place," said Bettner.
Something this well-rounded individual seems fully capable of doing.
Pleasant Valley High's Zack Bettner is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.