HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hamburg senior Ryan Dils is the latest News 4 Scholar Athlete. Dils plays three sports: Baseball, volleyball and basketball.
It doesn’t stop him from maintaining a grade point average that places him twelfth in his graduating class of nearly 300 students.
“I take it day by day,” says Dils. “I can’t look too far ahead with all I have to do.”
“He is the perfect example of this Chinese proverb, ‘get knocked down seven times, stand up eight,'” says Dils’ coach and teacher, Derek Hill. “He’ll always look for a challenge and when he finds one, boom, he goes and does it.”
Dils has served as class president twice in his four years at Hamburg. He also served as treasurer his sophomore year.
Dils also volunteers, particularly in autism-related activities. His younger brother has autism, leading Dils and a group of people every year to run as “Carter’s Crew” in Run the Burg. He also works with the Challenger Baseball League as a buddy.