EAST HANOVER, NJ- Since beginning his soccer career in kindergarten, Hanover Park’s Jack Camporeale has learned to balance his academic gifting with his athletic responsibilities.
Although school comes naturally to the student, Camporeale understands the sacrifices associated with being a varsity athlete.
“I can’t take multiple rigorous academic courses at the same time,” the senior said. “I can’t take two or three AP classes. I have to take one at a time. I’ve had to spread it out over the last two years since I’ve been playing varsity, and the practices are longer.”
Despite juggling his heavy course load and attending practice every day, Camporeale said managing his social life is rather easy. Highlighting HP’s family mentality, the senior discussed the team’s ability to come together as not just colleagues, but also friends. The bond they have created showed in their ability to surpass the expectations they had for the season.
“Last year, we lost 10, 15 seniors, and everyone was like, ‘Oh, you guys aren’t going to be that good,’ but we actually did better than the team did last year,” Camporeale said.
Although the senior’s many goals are largely in part to his capability to get open, he was proud to share the team’s pre-game ritual: listening to rap, sing-along songs from the 80s or 90s and jock jams.
“Come on Eileen is probably the number one,” Camporeale said.
Name: Jack Camporeale
Sport(s): soccer, basketball
Position(s): striker, midfield
Stats: 9 goals and 5 assists
Favorite quote: “A lion does not concern itself with the opinion of a sheep.”
Dream job: osteopathic physician
Pet peeve: nails on a chalkboard
Role model: my dad
Greatest goal you hope to accomplish in life: finish med school
Song to work out to: Do What I Want by Lil Uzi
Show on Netflix: The Office
Movie: Dark Knight
Sport to watch: basketball
College team: Rutgers
Professional team: Cleveland Cavaliers, USA soccer national team men’s, NY Yankees, NY Giants
Food: penne Bolognese
Vacation: Connecticut vacation home
Just For Fun
Biggest accomplishment so far: exceeding expectations
Best class you’ve taken at HP: Intro to Business
Best teacher you’ve had at HP: Mr. Ott, Ms. Minsavage
Where someone can find you after school: soccer/basketball practice
Someone not to have dinner with: Stephen Hawking