Each week, the All American Conference will present a "Q & A" with one of its many gifted student-athletes from a participating AAC school. The athlete featured must excel in the classroom and shown that he/her has gone above and beyond on both the field of play and by volunteering in his/her community. This week's featured student athlete player is JJ Henson from Jefferson Falcons.
Name: JJ Henson
School: Jefferson Falcons
Sport/Position: Football/QB and Safety
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and study mechanical engineering. If I do not receive and appointment to West Point I hope to attend Case Western Reserve University to study either mechanical or electrical engineering and participate in their ROTC program.
What is your favorite class? Anatomy.
I like to learn how things work and the human body is one of the most amazing things of this earth and works in the most interesting ways.
What do you enjoy most about playing this sport?
Competition. I love to win. Also, the camaraderie. There are few things better than the bond between teammates.
What type of volunteer work are you involved in within your community? Why?
I love to volunteer as a camp counselor at our Falcon Pride Youth camp. Working with the kids, coaching them the fundamentals of football and watching them grow through the week is one of the most satisfactory feelings in the world.
What is the most memorable moment in your scholastic career?
Going to my first Model UN conference. I was awe stuck by the public speaking and debating talents of kids my age. It was invigorating to know that the future of the country is in good hands.
What is your favorite sports related movie?
Remember the Titans
Do you have any pre-game/match/meet rituals?
I listen to a pre-game playlist that I made and try to envision myself making plays or flying past people on the track.
Who has the best nickname on the team and what is it?
My center, Ethan Moore. We call him Jumbalaya.
Who is your role model? Why?
Carlos Hathcock. He is arguably the best sniper in US military history with 93 confirmed kills in the Vietnam war. Not only was he a war hero, he was great man. He gave everything he had to the people of the US, his men, and his family. Even though he was is responsible for the deaths of many people, he did not go around bragging to everyone of how many Vietcong he killed. He was pensive enough to understand that the men and women that he killed were human beings just like him, had families just like him and were fighting for what they believed in just like him. He was not proud or boastful of taking people's lives. It was his job, and he did it with maximum effort.
Do you have any special talents or is there something surprising about you that others might not know about you?
I can solve a rubik's cube. Not fast, but i can do it.
What cartoon character would you be? Why?
Captain America. He's super strong, super fast, super kind and super patriotic. I strive to be all of those things.
What is your favorite food?
Anything Mexican or anything my mom makes
What song best describes you or is the sound track to your life? Why?
Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger. I'm a very old school, traditional kind of person. I like old stuff, old people, and old songs.
Are you looking to continue your playing career in college?
I would love to continue playing in college. Case seems to be interested in my abilities and I would like to try to walk on at West Point.
Do you have a field of study already chosen when you go to college? Why that field?
I want to study engineering. I love making things or finding out how they work.
What team do you most enthusiastically root for? (any sport)
A favorite quote that you live by?
My mom once told me something when I was real little and I've tried to follow it the best I can. She told me, after I was distraught with someone who had done something wrong, "Hate the sin, not the sinner"
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.