Classroom Champion-Yaxin Duan

News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest Classroom Champion, Yaxin Duan. The College Station High School Senior has a 4.8 GPA, and is currently ranked number two in her class.

“I think she's just a naturally driven individual. She's just really curious about how the world works, and how things interact and she's always wanted to do well to understand the material, and not just for her grades. Like she just wants to understand how everything works and it's really refreshing to have that. She tries so hard, and she's so dedicated for it.” Margaret Kendrick, Teacher.

Yaxin is a returning letter-winner for the Lady Cougar basketball team. She has helped her team reach the playoffs the past few seasons. Outside of sports, Yaxin is involved with the National Honor Society, and UIL Academics. In UIL, she is a State Qualifier in Science, and she received the highest score at the Chemistry Olympiad and Yaxin, is also a AP scholar, with distinction, and a National Merit Semi-Finalist. In her spare time, she likes relaxing and watching Youtube videos.

“She is definitely a leader by example. Especially initially, like when she's on the court she is always going to do the little things right. But she's certainly not afraid to step up and speak up, when she sees something. Maybe somebody is falling short on...She will certainly speak her mind, and like I said she holds people accountable when she has to.” Megan Symank, Coach.

“So being a student athlete can be really hard on me sometimes. Especially since I'm taking a lot of AP classes and I'm on varsity. But when I find myself under a lot of pressure, under a lot of stress..What I like to do is to pray a lot! Because that helps me get rid of my worries, and my fears, and my doubts. It helps me relax, re-focus, and then get back to work on it.” says Yaxin.

After High School, Yaxin wants to attend either Stanford University or The University of Texas in Austin. And she wants to major in Environmental Engineering so she can one day help protect the environment.

Congratulations to Yaxin Duan of College Station High School. This week’s News 3 Sports Classroom Champion!