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Thomas Whit­ley, Scotts­dale Prepara­tory Acad­emy, Bas­ket­ball and Golf

Thomas Whit­ley prefers a busy sched­ule. In ad­di­tion to main­tain­ing a 4.82 weighted GPA, Whit­ley ex­cels on the golf course and bas­ket­ball court for Scotts­dale Prep.

In May, he fin­ished fifth at the Metro In­vi­ta­tional Golf Tour­na­ment.

On the hard­wood, Whit­ley is lead­ing a bas­ket­ball team that has had to re­place six de­part­ing se­niors from last year. So far, he's av­er­ag­ing 22 points and five re­bounds per game.

With what lit­tle free time sports and ath­let­ics leave Whit­ley, he spends it vol­un­teer­ing. He helps out at a golf train­ing pro­gram called VISION54. He's also men­tors mid­dle school stu­dents once a week.

As a mem­ber of a ro­tary club, Whit­ley helps raise money for GiGi's Play­house, which of­fers free ed­u­ca­tional, ther­a­peu­tic and de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grams for peo­ple with Down Syn­drome.

"It keeps me on the edge," Whit­ley said. "Vol­un­teer­ing means a lot. I'm al­ways con­nect­ing and re­lat­ing with the peo­ple around me. That makes me feel spe­cial in a way."

Whit­ley, a junior, is still fig­ur­ing things out, but says he's lean­ing to­ward a ca­reer in so­cial sci­ences.

Tommy Whit­ley

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