Trying to pigeonhole Alec Leeseberg, who has always been interested in a number of different things, does him a disservice.
“I’m in the Technology Student Association, I’m in the Vexrobotics program – I build robots, I’m in chorus, show choir. Yeah, I play football, too,” said Leeseberg.
And he is an important member of the Lakeside Panthers’ squad, being a starter on both sides of the ball. Leeseberg is a guard on the offensive line and middle linebacker on defense. Playing someone both ways is something that Panthers head coach Jarrett Troxler has done infrequently in his six years at the school, but he calls Leeseberg a smart, tough kid who has done a great job with it.
“He makes all of our defensive calls, he makes all our protections up front on offense,” said Troxler. “He picks up the game plan like that. He’s almost like a coach on the field.”
Off the field, he sings baritone in the show choir. His quartet competed in the GHSA Literary Competition in 2010 and came away with the state title. It fell just short last year.
He used to get comments about his disparate interests, but that didn’t deter him.
“Obviously, being in show choir and being on the football team is not the easiest thing ever,” Leeseberg said. “Just because someone else tells me it’s not cool doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it. It’s fun.”
Leeseberg said he doesn’t take as much heat as he used to.
“As an underclassmen there was a lot of it,” he said. “But now that I’m a senior and a captain on the team, they have a lot more respect for me. I don’t really think a lot of people realize it anymore. People kind of forget about it.”
Contact is what he likes the most about football.
“I like the fact that on the football field you can hit someone as hard as you can, and you can’t really do that anywhere else,” he said.
He is hoping his athletic prowess on the field and diversity off helps lead to the real goal: entrance to his college of choice.
“I’m looking at Princeton,” said Leeseberg, who is hoping to get a football scholarship to the Ivy League institution. “I went to their football camp this summer. I’m hoping to go there.”
“I’ve always been really interested in robots and stuff. When I was little I used to play with Legos and stuff. I like engineering, so that’s what I really want to do in college.”
His ultimate goal is to get into aerospace engineering.
“I’d like to work for NASA, but with how all that’s going right now, I might end up with a private company like Boeing or something,” Leeseberg said.
With everything he does, Leeseberg has garnered the utmost respect from his coach.
“He’s a well-rounded young man,” said Troxler. “He’s very humble, comes from a great family and football’s important to him. But also being a well-rounded student is too. He’s a talented kid.”