by Jessica Cervantez
What do the chess club, BETA club, and baseball team in Grapeland all have in common? These are all extra-curricular activities that our high school hero loves.
Kelton Long keeps himself busy to say the least. That motivates him to achieve future goals.
Long said, "I have got an application in my bag to the University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston."
Even with Long's academic achievements, his participation in FFA, track, PALS (a club that helps at risk teens), and the chess club, he was surprised to be chosen for High School Hero.
"I was kind of surprised. I watch High School Hero on the news and some of those students have done incredible things. It is an elite group I guess," Long said. "I guess being well-rounded does help, because I look at things in a lot of different points of view."
Even with the challenges that a full schedule can bring, it never overwhelms him.
Glenna Enos, Long's chess club adviser, said "Kelton has great manners. He is always consistent with them. It is nice when manners stick. I am sure his mother is proud."
Kelton said, "I want to graduate from college, get a business degree. I think I want to be a mortician. I know that is kind of weird."