Hightower High School:
Zach Lee

BaseballBill YoungUniversity of Texas at Austin

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- Zach Lee of Hightower High School is focused on preparing himself for the game of life.

"I'm very competitive. Whenever everybody is down, like on the baseball team, I try to pick them," said Lee.

The senior plays center field for the varsity Hurricanes' baseball team, and also carries a 3.0 GPA. Our Class Act of The Week works for Hightower's digital media academy in hopes of landing a career in broadcasting.

"He's basically really reserved and focused, and he absorbs the information and material you're going to present to him and then he takes that information and material and produces," Ted Irving, the former Hightower director of the digital media academy, said.

Aside from a full load of classes, Zach stays busy producing and editing Hightower sports highlights, which air on the student TV network.

"I also want to get more familiar with [the] AVID [Newscutter] and after effects, and I was looking forward to Mr. Irving teaching me but he's moving on to The Art Institute," said Lee.

So is Zach considering a career as a TV sports anchor/reporter one day?

"I prefer being behind the camera. I really don't prefer being in front [of it]," said Lee smiling. "I see myself, whenever I'm in front of the camera, as a sports analyst. [I really prefer] just talking about sports 24/7."

Between juggling classes, baseball and working for the Hightower TV program, Zach basically works 24/7.

"I'm doing an internship [during] third and fourth period with Bill Young productions," said Lee. "I'm also doing one with Max Preps but it's not during school time. It's on my own [time]."

"He is actually the one who I've been trying so hard to get this internship with the Texans - Houston Texans -- and just in the last week we have been elated because the Houston Texans have allowed him to go in and shadow the videographer there," Linda Gibbs, a broadcast digital media academy instructor, said.

Zach said he recently met with the dean of the University of Texas radio, TV and film program, and is setting his sights on studying in Austin next fall.

"My No. 1 goal is to get a scholarship so right now, these last two years, I've been hustling; just doing everything I can and taking this seriously because this is what I want to do in life," said Lee.

"I don't like the idea of him going to Texas. I'm an Aggie," Jeffrey Penman, who is Zach's teammate on the Hightower baseball team, said with a smile. "But I'm glad for him that he's going to Texas to achieve his goals."

"He's genuinely a great young man ... a very responsible young man. And I think you combine that with his hard work and work ethic; I think that's what makes him a Class Act," said Ronald Garner, who is Hightower's varsity baseball head coach.

Our Class Act has advice to younger students about following your dreams despite this tough economy.

"If you've got a dream, and you've gotta a passion, just go for it," said Lee.

"He's been a Class Act since he arrived at the school," said Irving.

The future looks bright for Zach Lee.

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