Whitehouse's Mayo taking brains, brawn to Ivy League

By: Coleman Swierc - email

Whitehouse, Tx (KLTV) - Baseball is often called "the thinking mans game." If so, then you want Heath Mayo on your team.

"Brown saw me, and they took an interest in me, and it just went from there."

The soon to be valedictorian at Whitehouse High School, will soon pack his bags for the East Coast and the Ivy League.

"It is going to be real different, but I am ready for it," said Mayo.

Mayo, who has been accepted to Brown University, is the first student from Whitehouse to ever go to the Ivy League.

"This is the first ball player that I have ever had that will go to the Ivy League," said Whitehouse baseball coach Danny Robey, "this really is special and impressive."

Mayo already boasts one of the most impressive resumes a person can have.

A National Merit Scholar, a member of the Tyler Junior Symphony, even a nomination for "Mr. Handsome" at Whitehouse.

He can even claim to be a winner on one of the biggest television shows of all time, American Idol.

"I eventually sang a Boys II Men song and a Billy Joel song, and I got through to the next round."

Mayo's pop career ended in the second round, but it left him plenty of time to ponder life's other questions, like how to say warm.

"It is cold up there, all anyone tells me is that I will need a jacket," laughed Mayo.

He may have to adjust to the cold, but Mayo has bigger plans ahead, "I want to be the President of the United States."

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