A+ Athlete: Haylee Cannon, Denison

This week's A+ Athlete is Haylee Cannon of Denison High School.

Haylee is a regional qualifier for the tennis team, she was voted first team All-District and Academic All-State, and she went a perfect 12-0 in district this season.

"I love tennis because tennis is an individual sport, and you get to see what you're made of every signle time you step out on that court," said Haylee Cannon. "You just get to fight with all you have, and what you do is on you."

"A lot of these tournaments, she's been in the top 3, but she's hungry to win overall every time," said Denison head tennis coach Derek Roscoe. "After every loss, she's says 'What do I need to improve? How can I over come the odds."

Haylee aces more than just her serves. She is ranked in the top 6% of her class, she's the editor in chief for the yearbook, she's in the National Honor Society, and she is a Texas Scholar.

"In tennis you have to work hard and you have to fight, and some times in the class room you have to do the same thing," said Cannon. "Maybe you don't understand something the first time, but you can't just give up. You have to persevere and you have to keep working hard until you understand it and until you're able to master it."

"She has such a good heart, very determined, and always gives her best effort," said Denison English teacher Lou Chandler. "She's very bright and is willing to go the extra mile."

When she's not winning a match or making straight A's, Haylee is volunteering with the Denison Youth Leadership Academy and her church.

After graduation, Haylee plans to further her tennis career at Ouachita Baptist University.