A+ Athlete: Caitlyn Cooper, Tushka

This week's A+ Athlete is Caitlyn Cooper of Tushka High School.

Caitlyn is on the basketball team, the track team, and she helped kick start the successful cross country program for the Tigers that qualified for state each of the last two years.

"I just love the feeling of representing our school, and showing them that we can do it and to never give up," said Cooper. "We can always make it bigger places."

"I think it's rare to have such a young lady that gives 110% with everything she does," said Tushka cross country coach, Brandy Tisdale. "Puts a smile on her face and just goes out there and gets the job done."

Caitlyn doesn't just lead the way on the cross country course, but also in the class room. She is in the top 10% of her class, President of Gifted and Talented, and a district officer for FCCLA, where she finished 2nd at the regional competition.

"She's good at what she does, she tries hard," said Tushka Superintendent Matt Simpson. "She does what the teachers ask to do, what the coaches ask her to do, and does it generally with a smile on her face. So, she is the example of what we like for younger kids to watch her and see that's how you be a successful high school student."

"If you want something bad enough and you work hard for it, it's not worth it unless tou give it your 100%," said Cooper. "And in the class room, I've always been taught that academics is going to last forever, but sports is only a short period time of my life."

Caitlyn also spends her free time volunteering at the Tushka PTSA Carnival, the Salvation army, and the Children's church.

Which is just another reason why Caitlyn Cooper is this week's A+ athlete.