Cooper Standout Student excels in football, academics
This past season was an exciting one for Cooper Hawks fotball players and fans.

"It was amazing," says Phoenix Sproles, team captain. "Going out every week and going 1-0 and then winning nine games in a row just meant a lot to us."

Sproles is a wide receiver and free safety who was chosen team captain. The senior is known for his dedication to his team. Even after he injured his hand, Sproles taped it up and continued playing until the end of the season.

"It’s perfectly legal so I played," says Sproles with a smile.

Teachers can see that dedication in the classroom too. Sproles is a stellar student with a high GPA and is involved in a few honors' societies. He was a Spanish immersion student and is still fluent in the language.

"Being able to deal with adversity, that’s a skill we really try to teach at Cooper—getting some grit," says Ned Nelson, who has worked with Phoenix in the weight room at Cooper. "It’s not just about sports, it’s always about him being a better student and person."

Teachers say Phoenix is a role model. He is focused, determined, and has a good attitude that will serve him well in high school and beyond.

"He is a great kid," says Nelson. "He understands what a student needs to do to become successful and be successful, which is not something that always shows up with high school students."

Sproles plans to attend North Dakota State University to play football and study sports management.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton

November 22, 2017


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