News 3 Sports would like to congratulate our latest Classroom Champion, Larissa Mendoza. The Franklin High School Senior has a 4.0 GPA, and is currently ranked in the top 15 percent of her class her class.
“From the way that her grades reflect, I think she does pretty well handling that pressure between on the court and off the court. I think it's tough for any sixteen, seventeen, eighteen year old kid. So I'm sure she struggles with it a little bit and you don't necessarily see it. She comes in, she does her work first. Whether it's athletics or whether it's here in the classroom and when you get your work done first it makes it easier to function throughout the rest of the year.” Jess Cope, Teacher.
Larissa is a member of the Lady Lion volleyball and basketball teams at Franklin High School. She's been an Academic All-District selection in both sports and she also received 2nd team All-District honors in basketball the past two seasons. Outside of sports, Larissa is involved in the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, and she’s the Treasurer for her chapters FFA and in her spare time, Larissa coaches the Lil Dribblers, and the Lil Diggers.
“I'd have to say responsibility is probably her biggest character quality. She works hard in the classroom; she's always responsible to make sure she gets all of her work done and does everything she needs to do. She's responsible on the court; responsible for what she does. She wants to make sure that she is being a good team member all the time and taking care of what her part is and doing her part.” Sharon Watkins, Coach.
“What drives me to work so hard in both on the on the court and in the classroom, is really my family. I want to make my mom proud because she didn't get to do these things. She didn't have the same opportunity as me. So I want to make sure I can really use good use of this opportunity. I have two younger siblings; I want to be a really good example to them and show them you can excel in both, the classroom and on the court.” says Mendoza.
After High School, Larissa plans on attending Texas A&M University, and she will major in Nursing.
Congratulations to Larissa Mendoza of Franklin High School. This week’s News 3 Sports Classroom Champion!