Class rank: 1 of 198.
Athletics: Tribune All-State special mention in baseball; Chicago Catholic League Lawless Athlete of the Year in baseball.
Academics: Mount Carmel valedictorian; high honor roll with distinction all four years; Mount Carmel Class Proficiency Award all four years; AP Scholar; National Merit Commended Student.
College: Harvard. I love the atmosphere of Harvard, and its baseball team is Division I. Harvard is also among the most prestigious schools in the world.
Major: Chemical engineering.
Dream job: MLB player.
Role model: My mother. She exemplifies the ideal parent and is one of the main reasons for my success.
I'd like to have dinner with: Justin Verlander.
If I could trade places with one person for a day, it would be: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bucket list: Get drafted into the major leagues, visit every MLB stadium and visit Bora Bora.
Favorite movie: "Despicable Me."
Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter."
Last book you read for fun: "The Physics of Baseball" by Robert K. Adair.
On my iPod: Alternative, rock, dance, hip-hop, rap.
Favorite sporting event: Either MLB or an international soccer game.
Cubs or Sox: Sox.
Hobbies: Playing soccer with my sister.
Most people don't know I: can solve a Rubik's Cube in 45 seconds.
Best high school sports memory: Pitching the supersectional game that brought us to the state semifinals in 2011.
One word to describe your high school experience: Defining.
2011-12 Tribune Scholar-Athlete Team: Mount Carmel's T.J. Laurisch
Mount Carmel's T.J. Laurisch (Submitted photo / June 29, 2012)