Daniel LeGare, 17, an avid tennis player and dedicated pupil, said his positive attitude makes him a standout student.
“I like to show respect to my teachers, because I know they have a hard time doing their job sometimes and every teacher needs to be respected.”
A former student of Copperas Cove High School, LeGare was active in a number of school activities including National Honor Society, student council and the varsity tennis team.
With a 4.85 GPA LeGare was a regular on the honor roll.
During his senior year, he was one of six students at Cove High School to receive an AP Scholar Award for high academic achievements in college-level courses.
“I knew it would be a good idea for college preparation to get involved with the school,” he said. “I worked hard my first three years of high school and took AP classes freshman through junior year, so that I could have an easy senior year.”
LeGare’s hard worked paid off, securing him a spot at Texas A&M University at College Station where he plans to study petroleum engineering.
“I think that job market is going to open up a lot in the next few years,” he said.
LeGare has been involved with volunteer groups including the Youth Leadership Team at First Baptist Church in Cove and Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful, a local sustainable environment nonprofit.
Cove High School guidance counselor Amal Baty said LeGare will go places because he’s got the right spirit and attitude.
“He’s positive and a good leader and enjoys doing service for others,” she said. “He makes the students laugh, too.”
Baty recalled seeing LeGare’s positivity during his tennis matches.
“He’d be playing on one court against an opponent, but he’d be encouraging his friends on the other team,” she said. “He takes the time even, when he might be winning to encourage others.”
LeGare was a Boy Scout, an experience he will never forget, he said.
LeGare’s parents, Anne and Marc LeGare, have a combined total of 39 years of service in the Army.
Early on, they set the tone for education in the household, LeGare said.
“They always made sure homework was done as soon as we got home,” he said. “They’re proud of me, and they’re happy, but they think I could’ve done better.”
The best advice he can give to other students is “get involved in your community and your school, because it helps a lot more than you think it would.”