This week's New York State United Teachers - 7 News Academic All-Star is from Sackets Harbor Central.
Zach D'Alessandro is first in his class at Sackets.
Captain of the basketball team this year, Zach started playing varsity in the ninth grade.
He is also a member of Patriots Pals, a group that mentors K-6 students one-on-one, an experience that surprised him.
"It just showed me I can be a role model to others and I can help them out," he said.
Zach plans to go to SUNY Oswego in the fall, where he will major in accounting and minor in math.
And, of course, continue to play basketball.
Click on the picture to see his conversation with Jeff Cole.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Watertown, NY