News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest Classroom Champion, Michael Walker.
The St. Joseph Catholic School senior has a 4.3 GPA and is currently the valedictorian of his class.
Michael is a Co-Captain on the football team and he also participates in Track and Field, Ensemble Band, and Weight Training.
In football, Michael has won the "Most Dedicated" and "Team Heart" Awards. In band Michael was awarded Superior for his trombone solo at the Texas State Regional Competition.
Head football coach for St. Joseph, Blake Evans says: "Micheal has an unbelievable work ethic...And you know a lot of that comes from his parents, I will give them a lot of credit but he is a very, self motivated person. He's probably one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached. He's not a kid that you have to constantly stay on, he's very self determined and takes things very seriously and does things very professional and right every single time."
Academically, Michael is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, and he's also the Student Council Chaplain, a member of the History Club, the Robotics Team, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Michael has won several honors commending his academics, such as the Woodmen of the World American History Award, the Boy Scout World Conservation Award, and first place in the Blinn College Writing Center Essay Contest.
Michael is also very active at his church where he serves as an altar server, usher, and a Eucharistic Minister.
His calculus teacher Shelley Ellison says "I think its important, I mean I was the one that actually went and asked them to please nominate Micheal, I mean because I taught him for 3 years. I know the type of character he has, the type of person he is and how intelligent he is. I feel very strongly that he is going to be the most successful student I've had as far as his future and whatever he pursues."
Michael says: "Football is very time consuming, but I usually use that time in football to have fun and just be able to have free time, be relaxed and get some steam off. Then I can go home and
focus on homework and stay focused in school. I try to be what's called a "renaissance man". It's something me and my band director go over a lot. But you try and excel in just as many things as possible, and just be a well rounded individual, well rounded citizen that you can be."
After high school, Michael plans on attending either Texas A&M University, US Naval Academy, or Rice University and major in mechanical engineering.
Congratulations to Michael Walker of St. Joseph Catholic School. This week's News 3 Sports Classroom Champion!