Zach Bankemper, son of Joe and Beth Bankemper, is this week’s Jet’s Pizza male Athlete of the Week.
He is a senior at Battle Ground Academy and a member of the varsity boys football team.
He plays the position of center for the team and said one of the best highlights from this season so far has been protecting the quarterback.
He started playing football in fifth grade for something fun to do with all of his friends. Luckily, he said he naturally grew to love the sport. He said that his love for the game is also what pushes him to continue training and competing to the best of his ability.
One of his biggest role models is his history teacher, Clay Price.
“He taught me how to work hard and to stay focused while having fun,” he said.
After graduating this year, Bankemper plans to attend The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.