A+ Athlete: Stephen Doss

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

To honor this week's A+ Athlete, Daniel Gotera headed over to Sherman High School for a young man who is a leader on the football team and always puts his family first.

This week's A+ Athlete is Stephen Doss from Sherman High School. Stephen ranks 27th in his class with a 3.6 grade point average and says his achievements in the classroom go hand-in-hand with what he's been able to accomplish in athletics.

"It’s a challenge and you have to look at it like that, whenever you're doing academics you have to think why are you doing the things you're doing and its because you have people depending on you," Stephen says.

Because of his leadership abilities, Stephen was named one of the captains on the football team.

It is an honor that Bearcats head coach Drew Young had never bestowed on anyone before at the onset of the season.

"He is a unique young man, and he is the reason I continue to coach to be able to be around young men like him."

In addition to being the starting nose guard for the Bearcat defense, Stephen is also ranked eighth in the state in power lifting.

The influence of two special people in his life has made Stephen be the best he can be.

"My grandmother and mother are really the only things I think about when I am doing anything. Whenever I am power lifting I always think that I am doing this for them and if I didn’t have them, I wouldn't know what to do."

Off the field and outside the classroom, Stephen is involved in Great Days of Service, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a variety of other activities.

But working hard in the weight room is where he loves to be.

"My brother was my biggest inspiration for power lifting, for football… I just wanted to be better than him, and of course who wouldn’t want to be better then their older brother?" Stephen says.

Congratulations to Stephen Doss on being named this week's A+ Athlete.

We'll introduce you to another A+ Athlete every Friday here on First News AM. School officials, coaches, teachers, and counselors are encouraged to send in your nominees.

A+ Athletes…
--must be a senior..
--must be nominated through the student’s school district- not a parent.

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  • by Shanaid Location: Sherman High School on May 19, 2009 at 09:59 PM
    Stephen is so blessed! He is a wonderful person and a talented athlete! I am so lucky to call him my friend. He has a bright future ahead of him! Congrats! I love you, Stephen!
  • by kelsi on May 19, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    I have been blessed to know Stephen during these past four years in high school, and I am proud to say that there is no one who is more deserving of this award than him! He is such a hard worker in both the classroom and on the field. Plus, he is the nicest guy I know. Congrats, Stephen! :)
  • by Paul Location: Pottsboro on May 19, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    This young man is truly a role model! I have kids down here who were effect be his positive attitude. Stephen, the family in I are keeping you in our prayers for everything you have done this year! God Bless you!
  • by Stephen Doss Location: Sherman on Sep 28, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    As a teacher you have those students you will never forget, and Stephen is one of those students. As his 7th grade history teacher I admired his life style, his leadership, and his respect for others. He will make a difference in this world! I am so glad I was lucky enough to see first hand his charm and dedication.
  • by so proud on Sep 27, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    i went to school with stephen he is such a sweet young man and hes very strong in his faith and a very respectful christian man i pray that he succeeds in the future and good things come for him
  • by DAISEY JACKSON Location: SHERMAN on Sep 26, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP IN SCHOOL AND CHURCH MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
  • by RITA Location: DENISON on Sep 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Outstanding!!! I pray lots of young men your age follow the steps your heart is at...most important: GOD and family.
  • by JOHN Location: Sherman on Sep 26, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    Congratulations. Stephen is really a great young man and this award is well deserved.
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