Aaron Hayse is the type of student that parents dream of, teachers hope for, and football coaches consider lucky to have.
Hayse, a senior at Huron High School in New Boston, Mich., is considered by many to be a picture perfect member of the community. According to a recent profile by the Monroe News, Hayes has a 4.4 GPA matched with a perfect 36 on the ACT.
When he’s not studying, Hayse is busy as the starting safety for the Huron football team, leading the pep band at volleyball games, or performing as a drum major in the band.
Hayse’s schedule became so full that he had to take time away from football, and did not go out for the team his junior year to the dismay of his coach, Dan Kalbfleisch.
“We had high hopes for him, then he decided to give up on football to concentrate on band,” Kalbfleisch said. “That was unfortunate for us. I think after he watched from the sidelines what we did last year (making it to the state semifinals), he wanted to get back into it.” (RELATED: This High School Football Player Might Have The Most Impressive Play Of The Year [VIDEO])
Eventually a deal was brokered that allowed Hayse to return to the football team for his senior year and and still have time for the band. Now Hayse is able to spend pregame warmups with the football team, lead the band in their pre-kickoff activities, and then return to the football team for kickoff. He repeats the process at halftime.
For Hayse, the return to football has not been an easy road after a year off.
“It’s always difficult to come back after taking a year off,” Hayse said. His schedule is still tightly packed, and some days he only has enough time to change his shirt before going on to the next activity. (RELATED: Texas Governor Says Cowboys’ Defense Has More Holes Than The Texas Border)
Hayse, whose parents have been very supportive of his busy schedule, added that, “As long as I can handle it and keep my grades up, they let me do what I want to do. I am very lucky to have them.”
Hayse is not sure where he’s attending for college, but said he “would really like to go to Harvard or Princeton, but Michigan is a good option.”