by S. Purdom
Murray, Ky., Sept. 6----Jacob Baron has been selected as the Murray High School August Student of the Month by MHS faculty and staff.
An MHS Football Team captain and three-year varsity offensive/defensive and fullback for two playoff games, Baron said when his family moved to Murray he had no interest in leaving his Chicago family and friends. However, after his parents insisted Murray would be a great place to make new friends and receive a good education, the move came. Baron still wasn’t convinced. “However, as a senior looking back on the last ten years I realize that my parents made the best decision in enrolling me into the Murray Independent School System. Murray High has given me the opportunity to succeed as a student athlete by providing me challenging advanced placement courses and allowing me to participate in varsity football.”
Baron recites Homer H. Hickam the author of Rocket Boys, “The secrets to success are passion, perseverance, and a plan.” “From a young age, I have always had the passion to become an engineer. Through my parents’ example I have come to learn and understand perseverance,” he explained. “Finally, the faculty of Murray High, which is second to none, has graced me with the tools and skills necessary to prepare and plan for my journey towards college and beyond. At the end of the day, I am proud to call myself a Murray High Tiger and the most difficult task that I will face at graduation is parting ways with my extended Murray High family.”
A Beta and Spanish Club member, Baron serves as the Academic Team secretary. Baron is also a member of the Make A Difference Club, Student Council Class Representative, West Kentucky Mentoring, Youth Den Council and Buddy Program.
This past summer, Baron traveled with Victoria Holmes, also an MHS senior, to serve as the two United States representatives at the International Space School in Houston, Texas with 42 other students representing While there, Baron was awarded by NASA for Completing Space School and recognized with a certificate as the “The Most Outstanding Student and Contributor,” and given a Texas flag that had previously flown from the state capitol.
During Baron’s MHS football career he was awarded the 2012 All West Kentucky first Team Nominee, and was part of the running back corps awarded Channel 6 WPSD Grid Iron Glory West Kentucky Player(s) of the Week.
Baron is the son of Jay and Maria Baron, Murray.