Classroom Champions: Ellison's Chantelle Cancel

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Volleyball has been Chantelle Cancel's main sport. But when that season was over, she wanted one last athletic challenge before graduating.

"It was spur of the moment because I decided to try out the same day of tryouts," Cancel said. "I've always felt like I would be good at softball. I really wanted to play because my dad played baseball, even as an adult. I thought softball would be fun to try."

Ellison High School's Class of 2019 valedictorian is also National Honor Society President, coaches club volleyball three times a week, and works at a grocery store on the weekends.

"Even though some people choose not to do extracurricular activities to focus on academics, it shows you how to manage your time so you can be better ultimately. It shows you life skills being in those extracarricular activities and how to manage your time."

"If I could have all of her in every classroom, I'd have an awesome day," Ellison High School teacher Renee Eudy said. "Every day. Just the questions and she's always on top of it, she works great with the team, she's helpful, she'll do anything for anybody."

Cancel plans on attending the University of Texas and eventually wants to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

"When you have a vision for your future, it motivates you more to do the best you can because med school and college are going to be way harder than what you're doing now," Cancel said

"I encourage her to do pre-med to stay away from oncology classes to stay more with the bio sciences," Eudy said. "That would be biochemistry, chemisty, any of those things. Anything to get a more well-rounded education so if she takes a class that she loves, she'll be more prepared to go that way."