Classroom Champions: Academy's David Proctor

Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 5:57 PM CDT
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Like many varsity baseball players, David Proctor has had his season cut short due to the coronavirus. But the Academy senior is taking a mature approach to the athletic detour.

"One of the things baseball taught me is control what you can control. That's what I've been working on throughout this quarantine. I'm trying not to stress out about it too much."

Regarding college, he settled on petroleum engineering at the University of Texas after one of his experiences in the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars program.

"We got to spend a week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. There was a geology lab. I thought it was interesting with a whole bunch of rocks. Whenever I applied for the University of Texas after that, I thought petroleum engineering was my favorite part of that whole experience."

"When he said petroleum engineering, it was no surprise. I said, 'What does that entail? That's way above my college skills.' When the baseball schedule came out, and he knew the dates we'd be gone, he gave each teacher an individual list of what days he was going to miss and he was trying to get that work. He's a well organized kid."

David is ranked third in his class at Academy, and had perfect attendance all throughout high school.