News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest Classroom Champion, Parker Jones. The Milano High School Senior has a 4.4 GPA, and is currently ranked second in his class.
“One characteristic that separates Parker from the rest of the kids here at Milano High School is that he's persistent. Once he has a goal in mind he's going to work, he's going to give the time, he's going to give the effort...To make sure that whatever goal he sets, he is going to be able to achieve at his best ability.” Roxanne Kleiber,Teacher.
Parker is a member of the 2018 2A Boys State Champion Track team, as well as the Milano Eagle Cross Country team. In Cross Country, Parker has made the All-State and All-Region teams and he's also the reigning District Champion. On the track, Parker is a State Champion in the 1600m and the 4X400 relay, and is also a seven time District Champion. Outside of sports, Parker is a member the National Honor Society and UIL. In his spare time, Parker Coaches the Milano Lil' Dribblers and he also volunteers for many other organizations in Milam County.
“He does so much on his own that other ones just won't do. He's constantly reading about the sport, he's constantly doing second and third workouts on his own. And it's that kind of desire and that motivation to just constantly get better and constantly improve. That when you do that every single day of the course of a year, over two years. It gets him to the point where he's at right now; where he is straight up one of the best runners I the state.”Jordan Merkord, Coach.
“Well running and athletics, I know they require a lot of hard work if you want to be the best. But that always just came from the love to compete and improve. And I always thought if I worked harder, if I run faster, run harder, run more....And keep studying and working hard I'll get better. So I always thought that was great!” says Parker Jones.
After High School, Parker plans on attending the University of Texas at Tyler, while there he will pursue a degree in Kinesiology.
Congratulations to Parker Jones of Milano High School. This week’s News 3 Sports Classroom Champion!