|Cumby seniors named Academic All-State|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 24, 2006 - CUMBY - Three Cumby High School seniors were recognized for excellence in the classroom as well as on the football field recently.
Casey Romans, Jonathan Heer and Jarrod Tremor were all named Academic All-State performers by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
To earn Academic All-State honors, a player must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative grade point average of 92 or better throughout high school, and be of good moral character, according to the THSCA guidelines.
They were all nominated by head coach Kent Hawthorne.
"This is not just an athletic honor but an academic athletic honor and this is to help out those kids who are smart. Some of them are very talented and this is the cream of the crop," said Hawthorne. "I think it represents the school and the athletic program the way that we want it represented. We want smart, hard-working kids that will come to work every day and take care of their business, and I am very proud of them."
Hawthorne said Romans' brother, Chris, was the first representative of the honor for the school two years ago and now with Casey getting the award it is a family tradition.
Romans, the son of Mary and Daniel Romans, said once he graduates from Cumby, he hopes to be heading to Texas State Technical College in Waco for a degree in automotive technology.
Romans was named Honorable Mention Academic All-State and said his senior year has been his best year as a student athlete.
"It has been unlike any other year and it has been phenomenal," Romans said. "We have had excellent coaching and it has been a year to remember with the trials that we have faced with football. Overall, it has been probably the best year that I have had personally."
Romans said even though he is already heading to Technical College the All-State honor will help pay for him to go to college.
"It is a good thing to put on scholarships and applications and it shows that you are dedicated not just to the extra things but to academics as well," he said.
Heer, the son of Jason and Carol Heer, said he plans on attending college to get his basics done and then possibly attend fire academy with hopes of becoming a fireman. He was picked as an Honorable Mention Academic All-State selection.
"For Coach Hawthorne to nominate me for it meant a lot to me and then to get it means even more and I have done something good," he said. "It means a lot to me personally, but I already know what I am going to do after high school."
Tremor, the son of David and Susan Tremor, said he plans on attending college in hopes of becoming a high school English teacher and has been on the varsity squad for three years.
Tremor was a First Team Academic All-State selection and said excelling in the classroom and on the football field this season made it worthwhile.
"It looks really good and it shows that you have your priorities in order and you are able to do all the things that you can do on the football field and in the classroom," Tremor said. "It meant a whole lot to be recognized for accomplishing that and to be able to excel in both areas."