Athens football player a star on and off the field

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Reggie Battles, 16, loves his jazz. The Saxophone player is member of his Athens High School Jazz band and says his mother is the one who encouraged him to play.

"It started in the 5th grade, 6th grade. My mom, she always wanted me to play in instrument," he said.

But his mom taught him something else, which helped make Reggie WAFF's Star Student of the week.

"My mom always taught me that education was the number one thing in life," said Reggie.

The Athens High School junior takes his studies seriously. He's managed to balance more than a half dozen sports, activities and clubs and keep his grades up.

"The way we are now, you always need an education in order to provide for yourself and your family," he said.

When Reggie graduates, he plans on heading to college and studying design engineering.

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