In a little more than a week, Lindsey Cook will address her classmates during Glen Rose High School’s graduation ceremonies while holding the honor of being No. 1 in the Class of 2008.

This year’s valedictorian, who has accumulated a 3.92 grade point average (GPA), says she is excited about completing the first step in her education and looks forward to continuing her education next fall.

Cook has attended Glen Rose ISD since kindergarten and upon entering high school has managed to achieve academic success, becoming this year’s top grad, all while juggling a busy schedule full of extracurricular activities.

Her many awards and honors span both academic and athletic activities, including a four-year Lady Tiger volleyball and basketball player, and sprinter for the track teams, earning All-District Academic honors in each sport.

Cook has also been a member of GRHS chapters of the National Honor Society, Future Leaders Organization, Students Against Destruction Decisions (SADD) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a member of SADD, Cook participated in this year’s Shattered Dreams program.

She also participated in University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic events and advanced to regionals with the Number Sense team her senior year.

During her junior year, Cook was named a National Merit Commended Scholar and this year, was selected by teachers as Glen Rose Optimist Club’s Youth of the Month in October.

To help boost her GPA, Cook enrolled in numerous Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses, including biology, geometry, English, algebra, world history and chemistry.

In the community, Cook has served as a group leader for fifth and sixth graders during Vacation Bible School at her church, and volunteered at the First United Methodist Church Thrift Store. She also found time to participate in the Relay for Life of Somervell County for the past three years.

During her four years at GRHS, Cook credits the encouragement of teachers Doug Ogletree and John Wagner for her love of learning.

“They pushed me to succeed and they go above and beyond to encourage me and other students in their classes,” said Cook. “I also credit my parents for their support. They never pressured me to succeed, instead they let me choose my own path.”

Her advice to incoming students wanting to make it to the top of their class is to start early.

“It begins your freshman year,” said Cook. “You can’t wait to start trying to succeed academically.”

Cook said GRISD has been a great place to learn and grow. “The past four years I’ve learned to build relationships with people, who I hope to keep in touch with. I’m excited about leaving (Glen Rose), but not too happy about leaving those people I know behind.”

Upon her graduation from GRHS, Cook plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin next fall. She has been accepted into the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business, adding that she is considering a career as a pharmacist.

Lindsey is the daughter of Jan and Steve Cook.