Alex baratta could be nike's trademark slogan personified. if the hersey high school senior ever feels the weight of his full plate -- juggling three varsity sports, a perfect gpa, service trips abroad and robotic competitions at home can be a challenge -- the arlington heights teen tells himself to buckle down and "just do it." and do it well. "whenever i take something on, there's no backing out," alex, 17, says.
Alex BarattaAge: 17
Hometown: Arlington Heights
School: John Hersey High School
Who inspires you? My friends
What's on your iPod? Deadmau5, Zedd, Flux Pavilion
What book are you reading? "Thinking in Numbers" by Daniel Tammet
The three words that best describe you? Driven, Friendly, Persistent