Houser stays grounded in optimism

Aidan Houser, James Wood High School Winchester Star Leadership nominee

WINCHESTER — Aidan Houser is no stranger to hard work and leadership.

Aidan studies hard and has earned a 4.6 GPA at James Wood High School, placing him fourth in his class of 308 students.

He also plays several sports including soccer and basketball and was named captain of the varsity soccer team and the JV and varsity basketball teams.

Serving in these leadership roles has helped the 17-year-old develop his competitive drive in the most positive way possible.

Although he always wants to do the best he can — whether it be in sports, clubs, or academics — he also understands that he can’t be successful without the help of teammates and classmates, he said. Focusing on himself alone won’t make him succeed.

As the captain of two teams, he knows what it takes to inspire and lead his teammates, he said. It has also helped him develop his competitive drive. Aidan is aware of not only his strengths and weaknesses on the basketball court, but also the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates. And because of his leadership skills he has discovered how to bring out the best in everyone.

“Playing sports has really given me a drive to succeed in everything I do,” said Aidan, the son of Patricia and Archie Houser. “My hard work on the field translates to hard work in the classroom. Whatever I do, from playing sports to group projects I try to do the best I can.”

In addition to being passionate about everything he takes on, Aidan tries to pass that along to everyone he interacts with as well. He is still close with friends he made while playing travel soccer as a young child.

“The relationships I’ve formed through all these activities are still important to me,” Aidan said. “I am friends with people I played soccer with when I was 7 years old.”

Aidan is also a member of several academic clubs, including the varsity club and the Spanish club. He is president of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. He also takes private drum lessons in his free time.

Aidan’s drive will continue to be beneficial to him when he attends the University of Virginia in the fall to study engineering. He hopes to eventually study bio-mechanics.

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