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Athlete of January: Albert Smelzer


Ahoy Pirates! Get ready as we dive headfirst into another athlete of the month. This student-athlete doesn’t just do well on land, but water as well! Join me as we talk about Albert Smelzer’s commitment to his sport and the achievements he has made along the way.
Albert Smelzer, a 10th grade athlete swimmer, has dedicated himself to his craft. Waking up before school to do morning practices during the week, he constantly trains and improves his skills. Though it may seem tiring, swimming has become his passion after starting on a summer league. He grew to love the environment and the sport itself. Trying numerous other sports, he found out that swimming was the one for him.

In the world of goals, Albert is making a splash with both short and long- term aspirations. Eyes set on this years state championships, he’s gearing up for the 100 and 50 freestyle events, showcasing his specialized events. Looking ahead, Albert dreams of making waves at the Olympic trials during his high school years, aiming to swim at the collegiate level.

As we all know, being both a student and an athlete can get stressful. Especially if you’re as busy as Albert. Since swimming takes so much of his time, he chooses to do the homework that he did not have time to complete on the weekend. Some advice Albert would give aspiring athletes or swimmers would be to make sure they’re always having fun and enjoying themselves. As a student-athlete, it’s important to make sure that while you may want to do this sport professionally, you should also find enjoyment in
it as well.
As we conclude, we extend our best wishes to Albert. Hopefully the currents of success carry you to new heights at the championships, and we can’t wait to see the next chapter of your journey. Go, Albert!

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Jane Cockburn
Jane Cockburn, Staff Writer
Hello! My name is Jane Carrington Cockburn. I've been to Jamaica 5 times and once this year. I've also been to France and Iceland. I love playing basketball and exercising. I've lived in 3 states: Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina. My favorite place to live so far is North Carolina. I'm involved in my community. I participated as the Vice President of NJHS and volunteered as a counselor for a couple of camps during the summer. Hopefully I continue to grow and develop in high school, and I can't wait to write for the newspaper!

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