School: Byram Hills
Athletic accomplishment: Weinstein has nine goals and 10 assists as of Thursday. He’s the captain of the team that’s ranked fourth in the state. He was the Lakeland Summer Soccer League MVP and named to the Journal News Elite 11. He’s played all over the field for the Bobcats.
Academic accomplishment: Weinstein has a 3.21 GPA. He scored a 29 on the ACT. Weinstein’s undecided about college next year. He’s a senior mentor, a member of the senior leadership council at Byram Hills. He’s studying concussions through the Byram Hills Science Research Program working with a mentor from the Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains. He works with dad Rick (a renowned orthopedist) visiting patients across the country. He visits Cottage School at Edenwald to help at-risk students play soccer. He volunteers at the Mount Kisco Day Care Center. He’s a referee with the Castleford Youth program. Weinstein plays the Bassoon in the band. He’s a member of the Model Congress.
Getting to know Benjamin Weinstein
The Journal News: How’s the soccer season been going?
Benjamin Weinstein: I’m happy with the way I’m playing but as the captain, it’s more important to me that we’re winning games. When we’ve 12 of the 14 games we’ve played with one loss and one tie, I can’t complain. If my team puts me in a position to score, I’m going to score for my team. I’m not going out there to score for myself. I’m not going out there to have assists unless the team needs it. I want to be the most selfless player on the field and I hope I portray that in my game.
TJN: Where does the selfless mentality come from?
BW: I’ve always been a big family man. My parents have taught me pretty well. It doesn’t come down to an individual, there’s no ‘I’ in team. It shouldn’t be about the one player, it should be about the team.
TJN: Do you want to play soccer in college?
BW: I would like to but I’m undecided on where I want to go.
TJN: When did you start thinking you could play at the next level?
BW: From fourth grade, it was a dream of mine to play for Byram Hills soccer. Watching them win the state championship in 2007 was extraordinary. SinceI’ve been playing for this team I always thought I could play at the next level. I love being a part of a team and I couldn’t imagine not playing next year.
TJN: Will the concussion research through the Byram Hills Science Research Program influence your decision on a major?
BW: The concussion research was great working with Dr. Jordan at Burke Rehabilitation Center. I had an awesome time going over statistics and stuff like that this summer on boxers. I really enjoy that stuff. I can see myself doing that in the future but I’m not sure yet what I want to study.
TJN: Why did you pick concussion research of boxers?
BW: I’ve suffered two concussions, one in third grade and the other was two-years ago in the final game of the season against Blind Brook. I don’t remember, either. It’s something that hits home. My father’s an orthopedic surgeon. He’s also worked with boxers as a New York State ringside surgeon. I’ve been going to matches since I was young. Seeing guys get hit in the head and being knocked out, it’s the sport. It’s the game and it effects the person in the long run. It’s something I wanted to study.
TJN: How did you start playing the bassoon?
BW: I’ve been playing since the fifth grade. Playing in the band is different than the regular day where I have five six classes of hard rigorous classes. I go to the band room and be with different kids and have different friends. I really enjoy it.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.