Heidi Daniel is known for her impressive ACT score of 35, while Kyle Henderson was all over the football field making plays for Uintah High School (UHS) from his quarterback and defensive back position this fall.
The two UHS seniors landed spots on the prestigious academic all-state team in their respective fall sports.
The award is for seniors with 4.0 grade-point averages throughout the state. The teams are broken down into Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A.
Daniel was a member of the UHS cross country team.
“For me it's something I have been working towards all throughout high school,” Daniel said. “I always try to be my best in academics and athletics. Sometimes it's hard balancing the two, but it has been really fun.”
Henderson said he had a goal of making the academic all-state team right when he walked into UHS for his freshman year.
“I think that it's great making academic all-state. It's more important than a lot of people think,” Henderson said. “Once, I hit high school I focused on maintaining the 4.0 and keeping the best grades I could.”
Henderson has high respect for Daniel and what she does in the classroom.
“Heidi is super smart,” Henderson said.
The key for Daniel was figuring out her priorities.
“If you are going to do athletics and academics, you have to be disciplined,” Daniel said. “It's all about managing your time and really making the most of it.”
Daniel first took the ACT in October of her junior year and then in March.
“I did some studying,” Daniel said. “I just go through and take practice tests to figure out what sections I need to work on. I wanted to be prepared and make sure I did the best on it.”
During cross country season, Daniel felt it was important to make sure the underclassmen were included on the team.
“Running can be really hard mentally,” she said. “If you have a bad race, you beat yourself up. I have done my best just to help the other girls on the team. That has been the most rewarding part on the cross country team is just helping those younger girls.”
One of the best times for Daniel was in the low 23 minutes in the 3.1-mile course.
“I was one of those girls that wasn't naturally super at running,” she said. “It was something that I had to work for.”
Henderson enjoyed the fact that he had an opportunity to play with a large number of seniors under the direction of UHS head football coach Todd Peacock.
It seemed like Henderson never left the field as he was on offense, defense and special teams. UHS finished the season with a 1-8 record and missed going to the state Class 4A playoffs.
“I liked spending time with all my teammates,” Henderson said. “We had a lot of seniors in my class this year.”
Daniel is planning on having 18 college credits finished before she graduates from Uintah High School in the spring.
“The college classes are fun,” Daniel said. “You get to have both college and high school credits.”
She is taking college classes at Utah State University-Uintah Basin. In the near future, Daniel wants to go into some kind of engineering. She is the daughter of Shelly and Bruce Daniel.
“You are able to get a taste of what it's like to have a college class,” Daniel said.
Henderson is concentrating on the upcoming high school track and field season. The senior has high hopes of becoming one of the best long jumpers in the state.
After high school, he is planning on serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. He is the son of Cheri and Richard Henderson.