CLASSROOM CHAMPIONS: Copperas Cove's Madelyn Miller

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Madelyn Miller puts in a lot of effort. Whether it's in the classroom or away from it, the work ethic is one reason why she's an excellent golf player.

"She wears a lot of hats at school," Copperas Cove coach Cooper Carlton said. "She's involved with a lot of activities and still manages to come out to practice and get ready for the tournaments."

The Copperas Cove senior has also been named all-district team member the past three years, and was named Centex Beltway Golf Tour Player of the Year from 2016 through 2019.

"Maddie has qualified for regionals the past three years, so I totally expect her to do that and maybe make a push at state," Carlton said.

Miller has been class co-president every year in high school, a member of Student Council and National Honor Society, but takes the most pride in her volunteer work.

"Most recently I started my organization called Project Hug," Miller said. "I collect stuffed animals and different toys to take to the police department here. Whenever they're on the service, if there's a kid that's in the middle of a situation, they have something they can hold onto. I'm trying to expand it right now to include coloring books and different things. I know it's really difficult if you're watching a situation and you're five years old, you can't do anything about it. Giving them something to do while they're there, makes it easier."

She'll be attending Texas Lutheran to play golf after ranking in the top 10 percent of her class. Education is in her future, but it was almost on your TV or radio.

"I used to want to be a sports commentator. Realistic I said that wasn't a long-term goal and I thought teaching would be better for me because I like that schedule. It's really enjoyable to work with the kids for me."