Abilene - Cooper High School: Jessica Stark
Parents: Dr. David and Ruth Stark
Grade average: 104.69
Future plans: Study engineering and play soccer at Colorado School of Mines.
School activities/honors: National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Physics Club, Spanish Club, Calculus Club, 1200 Club, Rensselaer Medalist for outstanding achievement in mathematics and science, rocket team, swimming, soccer team captain.
What will you remember best about high school: Swimming. I walked onto the team my junior year without any previous swimming experience. Coach Randall Allen accepted all athletes. Everyone was made to believe that they had potential, and everyone improved because coach made swimming fun. His dry sense of humor, blaring rock music at practice, and constant encouragement helped us enjoy his grueling practices. I constantly surprised myself with a new personal best time when we went to meets. We qualified both of my years swimming for the regional meet in Lubbock under his guidance. Coach Allen is a great coach!
What advice do you have for underclassmen: Challenge yourself with harder classes and get involved in sports.
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