Classroom champions: Troy's Andrew Berg

Troy senior Andrew Berg is a standout in many ways. He's an honor roll student, four sport athlete, and active in the community. And he's certainly made an impression on those around him.

"If my son winds up being like Andrew, I would absolutely love it," said Troy head football coach Ronnie Porter.

Count senior English teach Rachel Melancon as a fan too.

"I think he represents the ideal student and athlete. You know, you come in, he has a big smile on his face, he always works hard in the classroom.

Andrew has lettered in football, basketball, golf and track, is ranked 8th in his class. He has also dabbled in one act play, student council and FCA, just to name a few.

"I try to keep myself up at a very high standard, because I know that, like you said, other people are watching me," said Andrew.

One of those most impressive things about Andrew is his ability to balance all his responsibilities, which also include playing in the Trojan Band. And for this football team captain, his motivation is simple.

"I just want to be able to do everything I can to the best of my ability, that's my drive."

Andrew's dad, Tim, is the head basketball coach at Troy, and he has developed an admiration for his son's work ethic.

"It's incredibly impressive. There's a lot of nights that I crawl in to bed and I'm exhausted, and he's still up at the kitchen table, doing his work.

Andrew plans to go to Mary Hardin Baylor and major in Mathematics after graduation. After that he wants to be a teacher, which seems like a good fit.

"He's one of the football players and one of the student body (members) that welcomes all the little kids that run up here from the teachers," said Melancon.

And Andrew feels like it's a good fit as well.

"I think that I have certain abilities in which I can help and reach other people."