|Michael Glasson and Katie Hobbs were named Academic All-State during the state swimming meet last weekend.|
Every year a select few senior students who participate in diving are awarded the prestigious title of Academic All-State. These students have demonstrated not only excellence in the sport of diving, but in school as well.
This year, Michael Glasson and Katie Hobbs were named Academic All-State for Carbon High School.
Each of the divers has given 100 percent to the sport of diving while maintaining impressive GPA's.
They have each won awards in competitions. Michael Glasson recently took first place in the region. The Carbon boys team also took first as a whole.
"It's not hard to dive and do well in school," said Hobbs. "You just have to take everything as it comes and don't worry about it too much."
"Maintaining my grades hasn't really been a problem because I have my priorities set straight," stated Glasson. "I can keep my grades up while still diving well and attending practices and meets."
Both divers have put a lot of time into diving and have a great respect for the sport.
"Diving is a lot of fun," remarked Hobbs. "My favorite dive is the back dive, but I am best at the forward somersault. It is not something most people think they can do, but they can. It is a great way to spend time, keep in shape, and get a feeling of self-worth. You could think of a day in practice as your life. You have to work hard and not be disappointed when you can't do something right the first time."
"My favorite and best dive is the forward two and a half," admitted Glasson. "It is also my most difficult. For me diving is about conquering fears and overcoming obstacles. You just have to be strong and persevere."
As in every sport there is room and opportunity for improvement.
"I think I've improved this year," said Hobbs. "I think at state I will do well. I will work hard."
"This year I have done exceptionally well," Glasson said as he thought about the meets he has been in. "I took first at region by about 50 points and I think that puts me in a good position to place at state."
Both Glasson and Hobbs have high hopes for the future and want to keep diving in their schedules.
"I am excited to be able to pass on what I know to younger divers who are just beginning<" said Hobbs. "Everyone should give it a chance. Joining the diving team was one of the best decisions I've ever made."
Diving is the only school sanctioned sport in the state where all the divisions (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A) compete against each other for the state crown. That means schools with 60 students compete against schools with 2500 kids.
The Carbon diving team will be participating at state on Feb. 9.