Classroom Champions: La Vega's Jaelyn Maladdie

WACO, Texas (KWTX) La Vega High School senior Jaelyn Maladdie owns a GPA just shy of 4.0, and is a man of faith.

"Including school, Christ is number one," Maladdie said. "I was raised in church, love going to church, and family is number two. I love to spend time with my family."

Maladdie is a state officer for the Young Peoples Department of the Trinity African Methodist Church. That position is one of pride for the La Vega spiritual leader.

His position on the football field is left tackle for the varsity football team, which he has been a member since his freshman year in 2015 -- the same year the Pirates won a state championship.

"You never have to worry about Jaelyn's attitude, never have to worry about his academics, and never have to worry about Jaelyn's effort," La Vega head coach Don Hyde said. "He's a guy you want to be around all the time."

Now a senior, he's a tutor for his classmates, a candidate to be National Honor Society president, and should graduate from La Vega with close to 60 hours of college credit.