This week's A+ Athlete is Elijah Dick of Sherman High School. Elijah's academic achievements are off chats.
He's racked up more than a semesters-worth of college credits, he's a member of National Honor Society, he was voted the top physics student at Sherman, and he will participate in the NASA Engineering Scholar Program.
"One of the things about Elijah is that he not only does well for himself, he also helps his students and fellow students around him be better," said Sherman math teacher Mike Kindell. "We appreciate him at S.H.S. he's helped us be a better school. We're glad to be a part of his development."
"I've had, throughout my years here at Sherman, great teachers and coaches," said Elijah Dick. "It feels great to get to represent them every night."
Elijah is also very involved in athletics. He's been a part of the Sherman basketball team for three years, helping them to the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. He also plays for the Bearcat golf team in the Spring, teaching him a work ethic that will extend passed his days at Sherman.
"All throughout life, you have to be a hard worker to succeed at anything," said Dick. "Athletics is one of the greatest things to teach you hard work."
"He's always had the drive and determination. He's always been there, he's never a kid that complains," said Sherman basketball and football coach Tyler Atnip. "He does what he's asked to do, which goes a long ways in high school athletics. He's got a big heart for basketball, and for his teammates."
But it's what Elijah does outside of school that makes the biggest impact. He volunteers at the soup kitchen, teaches a Sunday School class at his church, and he traveled to Latvia for a mission trip.