Austin Simister earns Academic All-State honors |

Austin Simister earns Academic All-State honors

Austin Simister, #50, leads the way for running back Josh Birk in North Summit s game against Gunnison in the 2A playoffs. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

North Summit senior Austin Simister is more than just a bruising offensive tackle and overpowering defensive tackle for the Braves. He’s also a straight-A student, receiving Academic All-State honors for his 4.00 GPA this season.

Simister, one of the Braves’ senior leaders during an impressive and unexpected 8-3 season, said academics are important to him, especially since he probably won’t continue playing football at the college level.

"I thought it was way cool to be honored," he said. "I worked hard my entire high school career to make sure I had good grades."

Though he’s not sure exactly where he’ll attend college next year, he’s hoping he’ll have plenty of options.

"I’ve applied to Utah State and BYU and Utah," he said. "So I’ll probably go to one of those. I’m hoping to get some scholarships too."

Wherever he ends up, a career in the field of science is the ultimate goal.

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"I was thinking of doing something with science," he said. "I really like doing experiments and stuff. I really enjoy physics, so I think that would be a fun job to go into."

Simister is excited for the next chapter of his life to start, though he said he’ll miss being a part of the North Summit football team. But, he added, the 2013 season was a nearly perfect ending to his high school career.

Making it all the way to the 2A semifinals after a 2-8 record in 2012 was something he’ll never forget.

"That was definitely a lot farther than I expected us to go," he said. "We worked hard this year and did a good job."

The 26-24 win over rival South Summit, the eventual 2A state champions, was the icing on the cake – especially since it ended up being the only game the Wildcats lost all year.

"It made it even sweeter since they’re our rivals," Simister said. "I’m glad South Summit won [the title game], but that makes it even sweeter that we beat them."