News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest classroom champion Matthew Cohan. The Rudder High School senior has a 4.0 Grade point average and ranks 7th in his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, on the football academic all district team and a tutor for his fellow students. Matthew also spends his time participating in Young life, Boy Scouts and the Key Club.
"The fearlessness to tackle a problem straight on is important because it's going to let him address those challenges he sees in college or those he might see in the business world. To not be intimidated when you show up at a business for the first time and you're the low man on the totem poll…I don't think Matt's going to let that keep him down. I think he's going to stiff to continually move forward. . "
Athletically, Matthew participates in football, powerlifting, as well as track and field. He is the football team captain, pre-season 2010 all-valley offensive lineman and was named offensive player of the year.
"He's a tremendous leader. He's a tremendous student, which allowed him to become a tremendous ball player for us. He would do anything we asked him to do. He lead by example - he was here every summer. He has the 'one of the first here and the last one to leave' mentality. That's why you see him academically where he's at."
"Working hard - if you want it that bad, you have to go after it. Don't ever quit - that's a big one for us. We've been down and out before and we still don't quit," says Matthew.
Matthew hasn't' quite decided where he will continue his education, but has narrowed it down to a few, including The Naval Academy, Rice and Texas A&M where he plans to study engineering or other science related fields.
Congratulations to Matthew Cohan of Rudder High School. This week's News 3 Sports Classroom Champion.