Dylan Giovine: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week February 13


STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- R.E. Lee High School's Dylan Giovine isn't one to look for the cameras.

His humility and hard-work have helped him on the football field as well as in the classroom.

Defensive players are usually not in the flashy highlight reels, but that's the way Dylan likes it.

"I figured if you're going to do something, it's pointless to do it halfway. Put work into everything you do and people will notice it and they'll see how much you actually care," said Dylan.

And care he does; however, he doesn't like to show off as he'd rather let his teammates take the credit.

"He has the ultimate respect from his teammates. He's a team first guy, team before himself," said David Tibbs, Dylan's football coach.

"Its a chance to bond with my teammates. It's a way to grow close. It's a physical sport. It takes a lot. You get what you put into it and I really like that about it," said Dylan.

Dylan carries that attitude into the classroom as he puts a lot of work into keeping a high GPA and helping his classmates.

"A lot of times my classmates are my teammates. Helping them in the classroom and helping them on the field its going to better their lives. The teachers do so much for us. If they ask something of us I feel like we should be able to help them too," said Dylan.

"If I needed him to help another student or to catch another student up, he easily and willingly did that all the time," said Molly Stinespring, one of Dylan's teachers.

Dylan hasn't quite figured out how next year will play out, but he plans to study physical therapy and play football at a Division II school.

"We often talk about the great athletes and we often talk about the great students but he just blends all of the great characteristics. He's really such a nice well-rounded student athlete," said Stinespring.

"He has a highlight just about every game. He's sorely going to be missed. As good of a football player as he is, he's a better person," said Tibbs.


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