We're down to the tenth member of our All Scholastic Sports Team. Whether this week's triple threat is kicking it on the field or in the classroom, he's a hit among his teammates, classmates and teachers at Meridian High; that's why they call him, Mr. MHS.
Football, soccer and tennis keep Meridian High's Pieter Both bopping while his school work keeps him on top of the Wildcats senior class. Both is seventh in a class of 332 students with a 4.27 GPA. He does it all by sacrificing sleep.
Pieter Both, All Scholastic Sports Team: "After practice and or a good few hours and coming home and having like four or five hours of homework, my sleep gets cut down pretty much and then on the weekends I just catch up and get ready to do it again the next week."
Both has played football and tennis for two years each. He's also been on the soccer team for five. When he's not playing or practicing, the senior standout likes to spend his time teaching junior varsity players how to kick. Off the field, Both is a member of the MHS Academic Team and National Honor Society.
Michelle West, Chemistry Teacher - MHS: "He is a captain of our academic team who has been very successful this year and he was recently nominated by the faculty and then voted on by the students, he was selected as Mr. MHS, here at Meridian High School."
Once he's graduated, Both plans to take his talents to Starkville. He'll major in bio-medical engineering and pursue a law degree at Mississippi State. You may also see him in maroon and white.
Pieter Both, All Scholastic Sports Team: "I'm actually trying to walk-on at the moment. I just went up there and they said they like my game film and they want to see me kick for their eyes to see. I'm going to do that this summer."
Chad Acton, Head Athletic Trainer - MHS: "He's as good as any of the ones I've seen in college. Great kid and anywhere he chooses to go, he'll win so just all depends on which school wants a winner."
As if Both doesn't do enough, he plays the guitar too so add musician to his long list of credentials.