A+ Athlete: Trace Stewart, Marietta

This week's A+ Athlete is Trace Stewart of Marietta High School.

If there is something to be involved with at Marietta, there's a good chance Trace is in it.

He's a member of the Student Council, Student Outreach, and a tutor at the Elementary.

On top of that, he's number one in his class with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. He's a state delegate, and a personal assistant to the Mayor... keeping his mind on the community.

"The community has done so much for me that I feel like it's my job to give back to them," said Trace Stewart. "This town has brought so much to me, I just want to give back to my community."

"Trace is one in a million. It gives you a sense of pride. It's fun to have kids like this that take pride in their craft, and education," said Marietta counselor Kimberly Fraire. "He doesn't only do that, he goes above and beyond with volunteering, and helping with civic involvement."

Trace is also heavily involved in athletics He's a 3-time state champion in cross country, making all-region three times.

He plays basketball where he was named all conference twice, His favorite sport is baseball where he was also all conference, but it was cross country that trained him to compete.

"It's very rigorous and always tests your mental strength," said Stewart. "We probably wouldn't be that good without our coaches and our work ethic."

"Trace is just a dedicated kid, he's going to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever he does," said Marietta cross country coach Matthew Appelman. "For cross country, that's running a lot of miles. He was always willing to put in the work and do whatever it took."

"I think he is the epitome of what we want all of our athletes to do when we coach them," said Marietta basketball coach Jared Messer. "He's got a 4.0 GPA, he does every thing in every sport. He's really active, and does a great job in everything he does."

"Trace is a true leader. He steps up when you need him to step up," said Marietta baseball coach Josh Drinning. "He's a voice in the club house, he knows how to handle himself. He has people follow him based on his actions alone."

Trace has also been accepted to the Naval Academy after he graduates.