Groton senior awarded first Adam Heck scholarship

Paul Brecht

Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Groton Central School District.

GROTON, N.Y. — “One thing I’ve always prided myself on is the ability to keep my head up and move on to the next thing, the next move,” Paul Brecht says candidly, in order to explain how he manages to be so proficient at so much.

From performing on a stage, to closing out an impressive basketball season as first team all-star, Brecht may be looking ahead but he continues to be prepared and present each day, putting forth his best effort in a variety of activities.

This Groton Senior has maintained a perfect student attendance record since kindergarten and has been a consistent presence at sports practices throughout the year. He is involved in drama, chorus and band, is a black belt in karate, and plays soccer, basketball, and baseball. In the top ten academically, Paul will graduate this spring from Groton High School having earned both a high school diploma and a General Studies Associate’s degree through his concurrent enrollment at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

He explains his outlook this way, “You are not unique – you want to do what other people want to do for a living – and if they are willing to work harder than you, than they are going to get what you want before you do.”

Brecht recently played his last game for Groton at the Exceptional Seniors Game, held in Odessa NY. That evening, Paul was chosen out of the nineteen regional Exceptional Seniors who participated to be awarded the first ever Adam Heck scholarship.