A+ Athlete: Landon Swopes, Ada
This week's A+ Athlete is Landon Swopes of Ada High School. There's not much that Landon can't do. He leads his senior class with a 4.0 G.PA.
He's made the honor roll every semester, and he's on the robotics team. On top of that, he's involved in F.C.A. Student council, National Honor Society, the math club, and the science club. He's got a will to learn, and learn everyday.
"I love to learn. I love to increase everything. I'm going to push myself until my brain knows as much as it can, which is never because no one knows everything," said A+ Athlete Landon Swopes. "I am constantly going to be pushing myself. Every day I come to class, it's like a brand new perspective of 'what am I going to learn today."
"Ever since his sophomore year, he has been ambitious of taking honors classes instead of a general class," said Ada science teacher Megan Hawley. "I think when a lot of kids get to their senior year, they want to take it a little bit easier, not as many honors classes, but he's still pushing himself."
It's pretty common for Landon to ace a test in just about any subject, and he's been known to come up with a few Ace's on the tennis court.
Landon was the doubles state runner up in 2017, and won the double state title in both 2018 and 2019. In his first three years, Landon also helped the Cougars to win three team state titles, with hopes of making it four in a row this spring. Athletics is a big part of this A+ Athlete.
"I don't know if I could imagine my life without tennis," said Swopes. "It's taught me so much about being a leader, knowing how to balance time, knowing when to practice, and when I just need to study for my academics."
"His works ethic is outstanding. He's willing to put the time in," said Ada tennis coach Terry Swopes. "We've done the early morning practices, we've done late practices. He's hitting with friends, he's hitting with teammates. Everyday is as hard as he can go, 100%."
After graduation, Landon will attend Stanford University, with hopes of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.