Franklin High School senior Whitney Bryant understands the value of hard work.

The 18-year-old is known among teachers and administrators as a goal-oriented student who loves to accomplish new and unique activities. That’s why she was selected as this year’s Academic All-Star for Franklin High.

“Whitney is a special student here at FHS,” said Assistant Principal Jason Eubanks. “Not only is she an amazing scholar, but she comes to school every day with a positive attitude and a desire to challenge herself.”

Whitney and her family moved to Williamson County from Connecticut her sophomore year, and she says it’s the best decision her family could have made.

“I just absolutely love it here.” said Whitney. “I feel like this school has such a positive environment, and for the most part students are welcoming and open to people. I like how everyone is friendly to each other.”

Whitney’s favorite subject is English because her teachers are really good, and she loves to discuss literature. After graduation, Whitney wants to study therapeutic recreation.

“I love the outdoors, and I like helping people,” said Whitney. “What better way to earn a living than to be outside with people and help them come to terms with themselves and solving their problems?”

While at FHS, Whitney has been involved in numerous activities including cross country team, track team, swimming and pledge club. She also recently received a Congressional Award bronze certificate, which is an award for students who voluntarily help their community and pursue personal development achievements.

“It’s a government run program that helps kids set goals in areas of personal development, physical fitness, community service and exploration,” said Whitney. “We have to set goals for things we want to accomplish in those areas, and then we have to work toward them for a certain amount of hours.”

So what motivates Whitney to always give her best?

“I don’t like to do bad,” said Whitney. “I like the satisfaction of being rewarded for hard work. Why slack off when you have the potential to be amazing?”

The Academic All-Star award is given to students who exhibit a positive attitude and a commitment to excellence in the classroom. Each Academic All-Star is chosen by his or her principal and receives a framed certificate, free food from Sonic Drive-In and other gifts from the district.