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Scholar Athlete: Matt Herzwurm

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By Stephanie French

Matt Herzwurm is a 3-sport lettered athlete at Augusta Christian who goes above and beyond to excel at everything he does. His drive comes from sibling competition and the motivation to win.

"I hate to lose. I get that from my dad. I just don't handle it well, so it's always motivated me," says MAtt.

Augusta Christian's assistant football coach Charles Cooper says that Matt's competitive nature means "you know he is always going to be paying attention and he is going to know everyone's job."

As he grows into a young man, Matt's parents taught him that integrity will take him far in life.

"That's you something no one can take away from you. It's something you have to give away. If you have integrity in everything you do, you'll excel in life," says Sandra Herzwurm, Matt's mother.

Marty Griffin, head basketball coach at the school, says Matt's peers look up to him, respect his opinion, knowing that the stand-out student athlete will make the right decisions.

Matt is a four-year starter and captain at center for the football team. He was listed in the pre-season as a 'player to watch' by Augusta Magazine. He is also a 3-year letterman in basketball. He has been selected as the Most Improved player and was awarded the Christian Character Award. For the baseball team, Matt was named Honorable Mention All-County and All-Area.

Carrying 3 sports on his plate also means he has to keep up grades to compete. He has a 3.95 GPA and already has 4 Advanced Placement classes under his belt.  

"It is tough sometimes, finding the time, a lot of times there's late nights, early mornings," says Matt.

Coach Griffin says Matt is "a high, high achiever academically, so that doesn't put pressure on him to divide time."

He bases all of his success on his relationship with God.

"If you depend on God as your rock across the board He'll lead you in the right direction," says Mrs. Herzwurm.

"He gets a lot out of his God- given ability, he achieves a high level of his ability," says Coach Griffin.

Matt says that when you have that relationship with God, "you're not worried about playing for this person or this person. You're just giving your best for God any you know He'll be satisfied with you."

Matt is still unsure what he wants to do after he graduates from Augusta Christian. He says if he pursues football at the collegiate level, he is looking at Washington Lee University in Virginia. If not, he will follow family tradition and head off to the University of Georgia.

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