By Anya Ragnhildstveit
Photo by Scott G Winterton (DeseretNews.com)
Simply put, Braxton Coon is not your ordinary student athlete. His academic pedigree alone speaks for itself.
Coon is currently invested in AP and accelerated classes and has maintained a 4.0 GPA through his three years at Corner Canyon High School, earning him a nearly perfect score on the ACT as well as receiving the Great American Rivalry Scholarship awarded by the U.S. Army this past October.
Besides his incredible academic accomplishments, Coon has been a star both on the field and on the court. On the football field, he had 16 solo tackles, 30 total tackles, 4.3 tackles per game and four interceptions, ranking Coon 10th in the state in that category.
However, his big opportunity to take the spotlight came in December of 2015, when he scored the game-winning shot during the final seconds of Corner Canyon’s game against Murray. After the Spartans missed a free throw, Coon hit a jumper to seal the victory.
“I felt fortunate he missed the free throw,” Coon told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Right when he missed it, I knew I had to take it and get to the hole. It was a pretty good shot.”
Coon expressed his enthusiasm saying it was the first time in his high school career that he’d hit a game-winning and buzzer-beating shot, which ultimately gave the Chargers a 72-71 victory over top-ranked Murray.
The interesting thing about Coon is not necessarily how incredible of a student and athlete he is, but how he’s so dedicated to doing everything necessary to continue to improve and grow. Coon incessantly pushes himself harder and harder to be not just the best on his team, but also to be the best in the entire field; the past three seasons have shown that his tireless efforts do pay off.
Although Coon claims his biggest accomplishment throughout his sport career has been, “being named to an all-state varsity football team,” his passion, determination and leadership are personal successes all on their own.
In a recent interview, I asked Coon whether he planned on pursuing a college-level basketball or football career.
“If the opportunity presents itself, then yes, but at the moment no,” was Coon’s response.
Coon currently plans on serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after high school graduation before pursuing any sports, along with majoring in dentistry at the college of his choice.
No matter what his choice ends up being, Coon has set his sights high, and knowing all the spectacular things this athlete has accomplished so far, it is obvious that he is bound for glory in the future.
Corner Canyon High senior Anya Ragnhildstveit wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year.