Three outstanding athletes wear this week’s mantle for Student Athlete of Month for Randall High School, part of the Canyon Independent School District in Canyon/Amarillo, Texas.

According to an interview with Tim McCune, freshman football and track coach and algebra teacher, Landen Nix, Brandon Ellison and Grant Ledbetter are each worthy of recognition.

Landen is a quarterback and three-year starter for the team, whom McCune described as a “natural born leader” and hard worker “regardless of who is watching him or not watching him.”

According to McCune, “Landen brings a sense of urgency to work hard and compete to the team. Whatever Landen does the team follows.”

As for his track career, “Landen has won the 100 and 200 meter dash in a couple of meets as well as leading several relays to event wins,” his coach said.

McCune said Landen plans to earn a college degree in computer engineering after graduation.

The school selected another football player, Brandon Ellison, for distinction. Brandon is a receiver and two-year starter for the team.

“Brandon is what I call dynamite in a small package,” McCune said. “He always has a great attitude and despite height he competes like he is 6 feet tall.”

Regardless of his small but powerful stature, Brandon shows incredible team spirit, the coach explained.

“Brandon brings the determination of winning to the table,” McCune said. “He never backs down, no matter what.”

As a junior, Brandon has not announced post-graduation plans, but McCune said his “future is to get faster for football and end his high-school career on a high note.”

Grant Ledbetter, Randall High’s third student-athlete for this month, has lettered in cross country all four years of high school.

“Grant is a kid that comes to practice and prepares like it’s a track meet,” Coach McCune said. “He challenges anyone that wants to get better by pushing them in workouts.”

As the coach said, Grant brings focus to his role on the cross country team.

“He has the ‘eye of the tiger’,” McCune said. “Before his races, he is in full determination mode. Grant has been a huge part of our distance crew that brings in valuable points to our team.”

Grant, a senior, is college-bound after graduation, but has not announced a major.


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