Anthony Palmisano

For Copperas Cove Junior High School student Anthony Palmisano, 14, getting a good education has always been a top priority.

“My mom works for the school district, and she always taught me to look ahead,” said Palmisano, the only child of a single-mother.

An A-student and Student Council president, Palmisano is involved in a number of extracurricular activities including Junior Historians, where he competed at the state level, and band. He also plays several sports, including baseball, basketball, football and tennis.

“I like staying busy,” he said. “I looked around when I first came to middle school to see what I could do, and I tried a bunch of things, and I liked them. And I like to stay fit.”

Math is Palmisano’s favorite school subject.

“It helps you look at patterns and the world differently,” he said. “It will be a lot easier to comprehend and understand most things if you’re good at math.”

Outside of school, Palmisano enjoys doing community service for local organizations. He’s logged more than 100 hours with the Copperas Cove Fire Department.

Janet Carlton, school counselor, said Palmisano’s success stems from his ability to work hard.

“He’s a great student,” she said. “You can’t give him something that he won’t do an amazing job. For an eighth- grader, that’s pretty impressive.”

Carlton recalled the fifth-grade school tours Palmisano helped organize.

“Just to see him in that situation, he really has a maturity about him,” she said. “He’s silly and can be a typical eighth-grader, but when it comes down to business, he’s a hard worker and a high-achiever.”

Palmisano’s desire to go to college motivates him to volunteer and be involved.

“I like to do all of these things because it goes on your resume,” he said. “And when you have a good resume, you can get into a good college.”

Although four years stand between him and college, Palmisano is already considering applying to William Penn University, where he plans to study law enforcement.

“I’m looking to be a federal agent, and once I’ve got eight years of that, I can be a Texas Ranger,” he said.

Carlton believes Palmisano can do anything he sets his mind to.

“He is very self-motivated,” she said. “Academically, he’s smart enough to do anything. He’s very, very intelligent.”

In addition to his academic achievements, Palmisano’s personality also makes him a standout student, Carlton said,

“He’s got a likability factor about him that’s pretty impressive. He’s got some charisma.”

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