Martin White is a senior on the Lake Highlands baseball squad as well as a member of Espree, the high school’s pop music ensemble. White had a bit of a conflict last week with opening day for the baseball team and the annual Espree show. White, an Eagle Scout, was also recently recognized with the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands’ Character Counts award.

Q: Was it hard last week balancing baseball games and Espree rehearsals?

A: It was extremely hard. It is always hard because they are both really important things to me, so I hate having to disappoint one group or the other because of the decision to choose one or the other.

Q: Are you more proud of your singing skills or baseball skills?

A: That’s a tough question because I am proud of how much I have improved and how much I love doing both. But, I would probably have to say my singing skills are more fun and more enjoyable for others to watch because of how much I get into my performances. Many people come up to me after shows and tell me how much they enjoyed me and my personal performance and how much I make them smile.

Q: What is the best aspect of being an Eagle Scout?

A: I got my Eagle Scout with Tim Davis back in May 2009 and I would have to say it’s the feeling of being one of the few men in the U.S. who have accomplished it and put in the hard work and dedication to complete it. It’s a huge task to complete.

Q: How do you manage your time, being involved in so many extracurricular activities?

A: It is really tough. I have to sacrifice many things to get all of my extracurricular activities completed.

Q: Do you plan to pursue singing or baseball next year in college?

A: I am planning on going to Tyler Junior College to hopefully play baseball. Along with TJC’s baseball staff, I have been in contact with their choir director thanks to Mr. [Michael] O’Hern (LH’s choir director), who is a friend of their director. Now, whether I continue in those, I’m not quite sure yet. I’m waiting until I transfer into a bigger, four-year school to choose what I want to do.

Q: Does Espree or baseball require more practice to be able to put out a great final product?

A: I can’t say which one requires more. With baseball, practice makes me feel better so that I can contribute to the team and its success. Not practicing would guarantee me a spot on the bench and I would not like the team. In Espree, practice includes learning a million songs and dances. Both practices teach me life skills like teamwork, commitment, dedication and more.