BRYAN, Texas -- Wednesday night KBTX Media and Blinn College honored the 2012-2013 Classroom Champions Class during a banquet at Christopher's World Grille.
It marked the 18th consecutive year that KBTX Media has hosted an end of the year banquet to honor those high school student athletes that demonstrate not only leadership and a willingness to learn in the classroom, but also good sportsmanship in their various fields of competition.
The 2012-2013 Classroom Champions class is made up of 34 student athletes from high schools all over the Brazos Valley.
Blinn College President Dr. Harold Nolte was in attendance to congratulate the honorees as well as present them with a plaque and commemorative DVD of the story that aired on Thursday night's during News 3's 6pm Newscast.
Gary Blair, Texas A&M's Hall of Fame Women's Head Basketball Coach, was the guest speaker for the event and challenged the student athletes to not make excuses when the going gets tough, but to seek solutions to problems that they'll face down the road.
He also had a "tough love" message to parents and educators on hand to stand back from time to time and allow students to fail. "It will give them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and grow as person," said Blair.
Classroom Champions was the "Brain Child" of former KBTX Sales Manager Jon Boaz and was started in the fall of 1995.
To date there have been 603 KBTX Classroom Champions crowned.
KBTX General Manager Mike Wright says it "gives ya a warm feeling" to see resumes pass through the station where applicants include that they were named a KBTX Classroom Champion during their senior year of high school.
Centerville's Amy Gregory was the very first classroom champion honored by the station in September 1995.