Rosemount's Vraa reaps the rewards of hard work

11:47 AM, Jan 26, 2010   |    comments
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Zach Vraa

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- OK, let's just get it out of the way. Rosemount senior Zach Vraa is one heck of an athlete..

"Basketball was always my favorite sport" says Zach. "And football, I just got better and better as it went on."

All-State in track, Zach plays multiple positions for the Rosemount basketball team. But, it's football, where as a receiver Zach earned All-State honors, won Minnesota's "Mr. Football" award, and, received a full-ride scholarship to play at North Dakota State University.

"I still work hard at all the things that I do", say Zach. "Like the sports I play and you know, school's not always that easy for me but you know, you've still got to study hard for things you want to accomplish."

That's right, there's more to Zach Vraa than just outstanding athletic ability. Zach also has serious skills in school, and the same work ethic that's helped him excel in athletics has produced similar results in the classroom.

Says Zach, "If there's a test coming up you can't just sit down and look at a work sheet for 10-minutes or something, you've got to sit down and look at it hard, study through your books for large amounts of time until you get it down and you're ready to take on the test."

Zach's propensity for planning even carried-over to the recruiting process for college football.

"The NDSU program has an architecture major and you can get a masters there in 5-years and I'm hoping to do that", Zach says.

A member of the National Honor Society with a 3.7 GPA, Zach knows that like it or not, he's become something of a role model in Rosemount. And as such, Zach says having athletic ability is great, but without a similar effort in classroom it can be wasted.

"Just don't look back on it and don't regret anything that you do and you know, shoot for the stars and hopefully everything you do will come out good."

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