Classroom Champion - Julia Cook - December 21, 2017

BRYAN, Texas -- Classroom Champions, sponsored by American Momentum Bank.

News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest Classroom Champion, Julia Cook. The Bryan High School Senior has a 4.8 GPA, and is currently ranked in the top three percent of her class.

Matthew Rice – Teacher
“I think On of the things that separates Julia is just her competitiveness. She's got such a competitive edge. You know it's funny every time we do test or whatever...Pass back test to her. And they were always comparing...”Hey how'd you do, how'd you do!” And stuff like that and she'll always want to be better than all her buddies around her. But that competitive spirit I the classroom is the same competitive spirit she takes to the pool, and just makes her just and outstanding person.”

Darryl Bruffett
Julia is a All-American swimmer at Bryan High. She has received numerous awards for her efforts in swimming. Julia's a 3 time State Champion in the 50 Free, a 2 time Champion in the 100 Free, and she currently holds the record in 5-A and 6-A in the 50 and 100 Free. Most recently, Julia won the gold in the 50 free and 100 free at the West Iowa City Speedo Winter Junior Championship. Outside of sports, she's involved in the National Honor Society, 4-H, and she volunteers at Crestview Nursing Home. And in her spare time, she likes spending time with her friends, and going hammocking and shopping.

Henry Clark - Coach
“So Julia's a very special athlete. She's talented, She has very smooth strokes in the water. She's really been very coachable. She listens to instructions and helps with her race strategy, and learns from her mistakes and continues to persevere. She had a shoulder injury a couple ago and we worked though that. She didn't give up. We followed a plan for the healing process but also to keep her strong and moving forward in the water.”

Julia Cook - Student
“ Time management is key. You have work or homework to do...I'm actually leaving soon for a nationals trip; and you have to basically establish what work you're going to miss when your gone. And you have to get that done, because your held liable for all the work you've missed and stuff like that. So being a student athlete's kind of hard but it also keeps your mind going, outside of the pool and inside of the pool.”

After High School, Julia will attend the University of Texas in Austin on a swimming scholarship. And while there, she will major in Exercise Science.

Congratulations to Julia Cook of Bryan High School. This week’s News 3 Sports Classroom Champion!