Tyler Zombro: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week May 3

Tyler Zombro from R. E. Lee High School isn't afraid of a little pressure.

"It's one on one, you and the batter and no one can take that away from you," said Tyler.

As he throws strikes, he's showing his team the right way to play.

"I think there's really no replacement for leading by example. You know that's kind of what you have to do. You know, actions speak a lot louder than words. I can go out there and say anything I want but you kind of have to show the guys on the team what to expect."

"When time comes with hardship, and some things aren't going your way, Tyler's one of the first ones to step up and try to right the ship. It's like having another coach out there on the field. He's very smart about the game of baseball. He understands the game," said George Laase, Tyler's baseball coach.

Tyler's not just a leader on the mound. When he's in the classroom, others look up to him.

"He could be very egotistical, but he comes in and he leads quietly and mentors our freshman. If I have a problem, I know I can go to him and say, 'Hey, can you help a kid with this?' It's not just the academic side of him, it's his leadership that's impressive as well," said Heather Durham, Tyler's English teacher.

"We all motivate each other to do our best work and I'm blessed to have three really good close friends in all my classes and we really really push each other to get bragging rights on each other," said Tyler.

Tyler's got some bragging rights. With his 4.0 GPA, he's one of the top students in his class and he's not stopping there.

"I'm going to George Mason University on a baseball scholarship and there I'll study kinesiology because I'm going to look forward to going to medical school afterwards in order to become a physical therapist."

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