Classroom Champions: Harker Heights' Henry Hooten
Harker Heights senior Henry Hooten is as motivated as they come.
“I just want to be better than I was yesterday," Hooten said. "Doing that really has pushed me to give my all even when I don’t want to."
Hooten is ranked 29th in his class of 579, and trains daily to be the best defender for a Knights soccer team that is eyeing the playoffs.
“The biggest way to sum up Henry is that he is extremely unselfish,” said Harker Heights head coach Chris Padilla. “Whether we are out here or in the building, he's the first to want to build up his teammates, whether it be in person or on social media. He's always retweeting other people's highlights. He’s one of those rare kids that I think is more excited about people’s success than his own.”
Henry has seen a ton of success himself. Hooten was recently named Academic All-State, has been accepted into the University of Texas, and is being granted an Air Force ROTC scholarship that will pay for most of his education.
“I just love the environment, but I can also quantify that,” said Hooten. “They are just an incredible school. I think the statistic was top-8 in public schools across the country.”
Hooten plans to study international business and possibly even minoring in Mandarin before joining the Air Force as an officer. That is all in due time, because right now he's focused on soccer and helping his teammates.
"Whenever I see Miguel score a goal from 40 yards out and it blows up on social media, and seeing that sort of thing in person, is beautiful and I like to contribute,” said Hooten.