When you put together hard working athletes, a great grade point average and a lot of dedication, you have the recipe for our athlete of the week.
Westside High School's Antonise Harper hopes to one day bounce right into the medical profession, she knows that every assignment and grade she gets makes a difference. "Math is the favorite right now but I like all my classes but math is the favorite," she said.
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Harper takes advanced algrebra with triganometry, meaty stuff but the senior always has a game plan in place to get the work done. "Finish your work in class so you don't have homework like they give homework in classs or before practice because after practice your kind of out of it," Harper explained.
Harper's basketball coach Deb Baber says she's known the kid since middle school and she's seen Harper excel on and off the court. "She's very athletic but she's a leader she is verbal she's involved in student council she's also a mentor for the younger athletes, she's a special child, Baber said with a smile.
The forward carries a 3.2 grade point average. Baber says Harper uses her head in everything she does. "And when I'm talking to her on the floor she's looking at me and processing what I'm saying and that is not always the case, Baber said.
Harper hopes to take those processing skills and find success down the road."After I get out of school I want to major in business with a minor in pre-med and after that go to medical school and become a transplant surgeon," Harper said.
"And I think she'll be capable of doing that her teachers like her I mean they all say we love Antonise she's such a good student," Baber said. A good student and Baber says a huge component of their success on the court this year.
Antonise says she loves basketball but hopes to get a full scholarship running track.