Classroom Champions: Hubbard's Landon Blackman

HUBBARD, Texas (KWTX) When he's not umpiring, working at a grocery store, or being a local lifeguard, Landon Blackman is playing some kind of varsity sport for Hubbard High School.

"Whenever I was playing football, I would practice till 5:30 every day," Blackman said. "(I'd) go home, wake up at 5:00 every morning, drive an hour and a half to umpire all day Saturday & Sunday. It can be tough."

Football, basketball, track, and now baseball -- all those sports, and he still manages to be ranked near the top of Hubbard's class of 2020.

"Landon is a true leader," Hubbard baseball coach Jordan Grimm said. "He leads by example. You'll very seldom hear him yell at younger kids. He works hard, he works three jobs, he's second in his class, and he just leads by example."

The future University of Texas at Arlington student plans to use those skills to go after a degree in civil engineering.

"I've always been taught to fight for what I want and never give up," Blackman said. "Never take anything for granted. It was the way that I was raised."