Classroom Champions: University's Dylan Chapman

Its hard to find someone who exemplifies the concept of school spirit more so than University Senior Dylan Chapman.

"In my earliest memories, I was on a sideline or in a dugout wearing purple. Growing up I've just loved University."

With his dad and uncle serving as coaches at UHS, Dylan grew up around the Trojan program, but it wasn't until his sophomore year that the standout pitcher and first baseman came to University. Which gave his father, Kyle, a chance to coach him.

"It's something I wish every parent could do,"said the elder Chapman. "It's amazing to be able to come to school with your kid every day, and then spend that extra time with them also on the field, or on the bus trips. It's just a lot of fun."

Dylan is ranked third in his class, is an NHS member as well as student council president. But despite a busy schedule, he still finds time to give back.

"One thing that's always been really special to me is the special needs kids. When I was in middle school I would always help out in the Life Skills room and ever since then, just any time I could go help special needs kids I love doing it. I do it at church sometimes, and the Special Olympics, that's just something that's really special to me," said Dylan.

After graduation Dylan wants to play baseball at the collegiate level, and when he's done playing America's pastime, he wants to go into broadcast journalism. But no matter where his career takes him, he wont soon forget his time as a Trojan.

"Everybody just loves everybody, I mean there's so many staff members that were here when I was just four years old that are still here and have seen me grow up. I've been close to them as long as I can remember. All the relationships I've built here, I wouldn't trade them for anything."