Peter Buryk Makes All the Right Decisions
Posted November 3, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST
FAYETTEVILLE — At Fayetteville Academy there is a tremendous amount of pride and respect for senior soccer star Peter Buryk.
"He's the most extraordinary kid I have ever met," Fayetteville Academy teacher Jean Moore said. "I almost feel more like he's my peer. He is just so mature and such a quiet and humble leader."
There are many things that make Buryk special. He is captain of the soccer team, a three year starter as a defender and he is first team All-Region. He is one of those individuals who can always be counted on, and he is not afraid to lead.
"I enjoy leading people," Buryk said. "I feel confident that I can make the right decisions. If I go to the Naval Academy, it will help me improve my decisions and leadership skills."
"He is a true leader with a great character," soccer coach Jimmy Maher said. "He's a quiet leader that leads by example, but tenacious at the same time."
"He cares a lot about his classmates," assistant soccer coach Scott Maloney said. "He cares about his teammates, and he just has a lot of integrity about everything he does."
Scholastically, Buryk maintains a 4.0 grade point average, and has received early admission to both the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
His father is a lieutenant colonel in the Army and Peter says both his parents always stressed academics.
"School work always comes first," Buryk said. "Even though I have soccer practice right after school, I do come home and do my school work before anything else. I know that soccer is something that I enjoy doing with my friends and possibly to play in college, but I know that the academics will carry me farther. I still give that the most attention."
"He's a competitor on the soccer field, but also in the classroom," Maher said. "I think he wants to do the very best he possibly can, no matter what it is."
Peter Buryk of Fayetteville Academy is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award.