A+ Athlete: Jordan Dick, Sherman

This week's A+ Athlete is Jordan Dick from Sherman High School.

Jordan's scholastic achievements are almost infinite. He ranks third in the senior class with a 4.25 GPA. He will enter college with 39 credit hours. He's the class president, a UIL scholar athlete, a recipient of the Advanced Placement Scholar of Distinction Award and a member of the National Honor and National Technical Honor Societies.

Why does he do it all?

"Eventually that's what's going to pay the bills is my mental abilities to function in society, hold a job and be successful in that job," said Dick. "I think athletics are definitely beneficial, but I hold academics as my main priority."

"He's the kind of student every teacher wants in their classroom," said AP Biology Teacher Suzanne Green. "He's highly motivated. He always does what he is supposed to and a little bit extra."

In sports, Jordan discovered his passion for swimming from therapy after an injury. He's now a district champion anchor and a regional qualifying swimmer. He also plays baseball and runs cross country as well.

"A lot of people get an idea that there's only one way to achieve their goal, but there's a lot of different routes and avenues in my mind to achieve certain goals," said Dick. "I saw that after I got injured. There's other things I can do, and I enjoy these other things.

"Jordan is extremely competitive, and that's really what drives him," said cross country head coach Anthony Shearer. "He's obviously a very talented athlete, but that competitive edge is what sets him apart."

After graduation, Jordan plans to continue mission trips and attend college. And that's why Jordan Dick is this week's A+ Athlete.