Way to Go: Connor Cipp, Bellport

Connor Cipp, 18, a senior at Bellport High Connor Cipp, 18, a senior at Bellport High School, was selected to represent Long Island in the Boomer Esiason Empire Challenge, an all-star game, on June 25 at Hofstra University.

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A Bellport High School senior has made his mark by excelling in both academics and athletics.

Connor Cipp, who is ranked third in his class, has been involved in a long list of extracurricular activities and secured numerous honors as a linebacker, fullback and captain for his school's varsity football team.

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Most recently, he was selected as one of the players to represent Long Island this month in the Boomer Esiason Empire Challenge, an all-star game.

"It's an honor to be seen as someone who excels in both," Cipp, 18, said of academics and athletics. "It takes a lot of patience and determination."

Cipp's academic feats include being on Bellport's Math and Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Bay Scallop Bowl, and Latin Certamen teams -- serving as captain of the latter two. He also earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam and was named an ambassador of the nonprofit Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership in 2012.

As a scholar-athlete, he was 2013 Class-A Scholar-Athlete of the Year of the New York State High School Football Coaches Association and inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.

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He is an AP Scholar and is in his school's National, Math and Science honor societies.

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