Emily Belote is an Oct scholar athlete

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WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – Emily Belote is an all-star soccer player at Niagara Wheatfield High School, but off the field she excels in the classroom.

For the past five years, Belote has been on the varsity team, serving as captain for three years and was once MVP for her school.

Coach Pete Cerny said, “She is a tremendous soccer player, very gifted, a lot of it is naturally but a lot of it is a also through hard work. She is a leader, too. You can hear that during the games, no matter what the score is she is very positive.”

That positive, go-getter attitude translates into the classroom.

Statistics teacher Dan Krolewski said, “She is willing to push herself, to make sure she is taking these college courses and she excels in those college courses, too.”

Belote added, “I know that if I challenge myself now I’ll be ready for challenges when I am older. I want to major in music performance and I want to get an engineering degree for environmental engineering.”

In addition to playing for her high school team, Belote played for the state team through the Olympic Development Program.

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