Classroom Champions: University's Dazha Stewart

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The one thing Dazha Stewart wants the University track & field team to accomplish in the 2019-20 school year -- claim a spot in the UIL state championship field.

"At 'The U', we want people to want that," University track & field coach Maurea Crain said. "If somebody is wanting to ascertain that, it's our benefit, our job, our duty to be able to help them reach their goals and dreams."

Along with throwing the discus, Stewart also competes in volleyball and powerlifting. The senior in high school currently holds a 3.84 GPA, and is a volunteer for Race for the Cure, Shepherds Heart and Cameron Park Cleanup.

"(She's) always on time to practice, works hard, great attitude, coachable, overall as sweet kid to be around who will always give her best," University volleyball coach Jeff Cornell said.

"At 'The U', we're about love, serve and care," Crain said. "It's a benefit when the students buy into it. She's definitely done that. She's not the only one, but she's a major one."

After graduating, Stewart plans on attending Prairie View A&M and majoring in health, nutrition and food. It's a little different route than her parents -- UMHB alumns who both have masters degrees.

"She already knew that she was going to go to a four-year," University Avid instructor Salisa Harrell said. "Her parents were always so supportive and involved with us. Even at community service events, her dad would come in and help us out with things."