Classroom Champions: Connally's Alex Nall

Lots of high schoolers dream of the prefect prom date, making the honor roll, or being accepted into their top college. Connally senior Alex Nall, dreams of one day representing her country.

"I eventually want to go to the Olympics."

Connally History Teacher Michelle Castelli, can see it happening.

"I don't think you could find anyone more equipped."

Alex is an all-district softball catcher, a cheerleader and a cross-country runner. But she sees powerlifting, an event in which she's qualified for state three times, as her ticket to the summer games.

"It started in junior high. We were maxing out, and I was one of the strongest girls. And so I said "Hmm, maybe this could go somewhere," said Nall.

Connally Girls Athletic Coordinator Lisa Baucom has been impressed by what she's seen as well.

"Alex has this drive, and she's never satisfied with where she's at, and those are the type of people that have their dreams come true."

Alex also does some heavy lifting when it comes to her studies, the student council and NHS member is ranked third in her class. And she's goal-oriented when it comes to her non-athletic ambitions as well.

"I want to be a nurse later on. And the nursing program is very competitive, so if I want to get into that I have to do what I need to do now," said Nall.

Castelli sees a lot potential in the medical field for Alex as well.

"As a nurse you have to be not only intelligent and be able to do your studies well, but you have to have the ability to connect with people, and you have to have ability to empathize. And she has that in spades."

Alex plans to head to MCC then Texas Tech to pursue her nursing dreams. The Connally FCA President is certainly driven, and that's something that could make her the perfect fit to wear the red, white and blue.

"She has the one thing that separates an Olympian from another athlete, and it's just the drive, the spirit," said Castelli.

And Alex doesn't plan to be just another cautionary tale.

"I've seen people try hard, and then just give up and quit. And I don't want to do that. I want to be better than the people I've seen quit."