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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -
Sydney DeGurse is a young lady of very few words, that is until you get her on the subject of one of her favorite sports- soccer.
"I don't really like sports where you just kind of stand there for a while. I get to move a lot, where you have to run and you are always moving. It's sort of more of an aggressive sport. That's kind of what I like about it too," said DeGurse.
This 5th grader at Madison Crossroads Elementary School has been playing ever since she was 4, and her dedication has paid off. She recently became a member of the Valley Futbol Club's Lady Arsenal team, and she's even won an award for her recent moves on the field.
"I play forward, midfielder, and goalie," said DeGurse.
However, she is not only making positive moves on the soccer field. She makes them in the classroom as well.
Sydney is a straight "A" student. She is in the school's gifted program, and she absolutely loves science.
"You don't have to do any adding or subtracting. I just like learning about animals and things like that mainly," said DeGurse.
Her teacher says Sydney is simply super.
"She doesn't have to be told to do anything. She sets the initiative for herself. She gets started without being prompted. She knows how to fill in the gaps with time, you know, transitional time between subjects. She is one that you never have to discipline her. She is self-disciplined, and a lot of the kids look up to her for that," said Monica Davis.
Sydney loves animals, especially her dog Snickers.
She wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up because she wants to learn more about her favorite sea creature.