UNION, NJ – Andre Vieira has been chosen Union High School’s September Male Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Vieira, a junior, is on the boys soccer team and scored two goals in September.

What is your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

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My favorite part of being an athlete is that I get to share the experience with my friends and share the field with my brothers.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

My favorite athlete would have to be Cristiano Ronaldo.  I grew up watching him and he showed me that hard work pays off.

What are the most important attributes of being a leader?

The most important attributes of being a leader is to always stay positive and lead the other players to a great season. To stay strong and work for each other and set an example for younger players. 

What is your greatest high school accomplishment so far?

My great accomplishment so far is being captain for the varsity team my junior year.

Do you play any other sports?  What’s your favorite?

I only play other sports for fun but I like to play basketball.

What’s your favorite subject? Why?

My favorite subject is math.  I always enjoyed math and never had a reason to not like it.

If you could spend the day with anyone in the world alive or dead, who would it be?

I would spend the day with Conor Mcgregor because he is funny and he is an example of hard work and dedication.

What would your words of wisdom to be future UHS Athletes?

Don't be afraid of anything and don't be nervous to play.  Just relax and survive pre-season.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If everything goes well, I want to be a professional soccer player.  If not, I want to be a sports manager for my own club.

What was the most difficult thing for you to overcome as a student-athlete?

Time management, having practices and games.  Tthe whole gets tiring and plus doing homework when I get home is tough because I'm already tired from practice. Study Hall is very helpful to all student - athletes.

Who inspires you?

My family and friends.  My parents inspire me to be the best I can be on and off the field.  I am very thankful to have the best parents ever.  They help me overcome any challenge. My friends are also a huge part of inspiring me.

What are your plans after high school?  

I want to go to college and play soccer.  I want to go to college also for sports marketing and management.