Take Five with Matthew Agostinelli

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Name: Matthew Agostinelli
Age: 17

School/Grade: West Milford High School, Junior

Activity/Sport: Soccer

This week we Take Five with Matthew Agostinelli, a soccer player for West Milford who is heading into his senior year. Matt knows that being smart on the field is just as important - maybe more - as being athletic. And that works for this voracious reader. Go to our website, westmilfordmessenger.com, to read our bonus five with Matt.


1. How did you get involved with soccer?

I got involved in soccer when I was in 5th grade. I knew a bunch of kids on the local travel team for my age, the Hawks, and decided to accept an invitation to tryout.

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I think that my biggest motivation is not who but what. It’s my drive to be the best I can. My parents rarely have to push me as I know that it is my responsibility to complete all of my school work and extracurricular activities.

3. What would most people be surprised to know about soccer?

I think that most people would be surprised to know that soccer is as much a mental game as a physical one. Positioning, vision, and creativity often trump pure athleticism.

4. What is your favorite movie, book or character? Why?

My favorite book, or series of books, is the Percy Jackson series. I feel like Rick Riordan (the author) seamlessly brings Greek mythology into the modern world in an adventurous, inspiring way.

5. Share something no one knows about you.

Something that few people know about me is that I love to read. I used to read much more than I do now but this summer I have a huge list of books I would like to get through. Also, I was born in Kentucky.


Soon you will be able to hit the books, for enjoyment. Have a great summer reading and we look forward to seeing you back out there on the soccer field come fall.

Do you know someone who should be featured here at Take Five? Let us know! Drop us an email at njoffice@strausnews.com. Tell us who and why. We want to feature all of the wonderful young people in the township.



Bonus Five
6. Who is your favorite teacher of all time? Why?

My favorite teacher of all time has to be Mr. Sheremeta, my freshman year World History teacher. That class was always a joy to come to, and the simulation games we played were a great experience.

7. Name three things you would bring with you if you were on a deserted island?

I would bring a knife, a canteen for carrying fresh water, and some flint to start a fire.

8. Share a favorite moment with your team.

One favorite moment with the team is before every game, we get into a team huddle on the field simply to tell jokes and ease nerves. It also helps us bond and creates a sense of unity.

9. What does being a Highlander mean to you?

Being a Highlander brings a great sense of community to our sports teams, and to our school as a whole. It means a sense of unity and school pride.

10. What do you do with your time, when you are not playing soccer?

When I am not playing soccer I am usually doing homework, working as a referee in the Morris County Youth Soccer League, or hanging out with friends.

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