A 5.3 GPA and SAT score of 2,100 earned Copperas Cove High School Class of 2013 graduate Kyle Alexander, 18, the honor of valedictorian.
It was something he had sought his whole life.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to be at the top, and not only in one thing, but in all the things I do,” he said. “I think I represent the school pretty well.”
Math teacher Donna Brewer said Alexander worked very hard to earn the valedictorian title.
“It’s justified, and he deserves it,” she said.
The straight-A student’s long list of extracurricular activities includes National Honor Society vice president, Spanish National Honor Society president, Robotics Club, band and soccer.
In December, Alexander earned the Eagle Scout rank, which he said helped establish his moral identity.
“It’s taught me a lot about leadership, cooperation and morals,” he said. “Most of my values and ethical thinking come from Boy Scouts.”
This year, Alexander was awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships from local organizations along with multiple scholarships from Texas A&M University College Station, where he will attend this fall. He also received the John Philip Sousa Award.
Alexander said he plans to study engineering in college but is not quite sure which field he wants to explore.
“Almost any engineering field seems interesting to me because it fits in with my logical thinking background,” he said. “I was thinking electrical or chemical engineering, something along those lines.”
Brewer said Kyle is a “great kid,” who has the ability, personality and the desire to go as far as he wants to.
“He’s always positive and doesn’t look for shortcuts, and he always has somebody else in mind as far as their feelings or how it will affect them regardless of the situation,” she said. “It’s empathy.”