Even Ryan Crawford calls himself a “busy man.”
A 17-year old senior at Smithton High School, Crawford is an excellent student, is involved in at least seven clubs at the school and plays soccer and baseball at Smithton and gave up basketball after his freshman season to concentrate on indoor soccer.
“I’m busy but you have to find the time to do things,” said Crawford.
The youngest of four boys in his family, Crawford has a 3.36 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He scored a 22 on the ACT and plans to take it again in October. He is ranked 13th academically out of 39 students in his senior class.
Crawford plans to attend State Fair Community College in the fall to use his A+ money and then transfer to the University of Central Missouri to major in education history and minor in political science. He doesn’t plan to play sports in college other than intramurals.
“Academics are more important,” he stated. “If you don’t have the grades, you can’t play the sports. Academics are going to get you out in the world and get you into a good job. Sports aren’t that important unless you get into a sports related business. Academics are essential in life.”
Crawford is the Vice President of the Student Council, Vice President of the Audio Visual Club, Vice President of the Spanish Club, is a membr of FBLA, the A Club, A+, AFS and the Academic Team.
He has played basketball soccer and baseball since his childhood. He played one year of basketball at Smithton but gave it up to concentrate on indoor soccer. He is his fourth season of high school soccer, earning Academic All Conference honors as a junior. He will play his thrd season of baseball this spring, and made Academic All Conference as a junior.
His favorite sport is baseball.
“It’s an outdoor game and it’s a beautiful game,” said Crawford. “There is a lot of history in baseball.”
Watching Adam Wagenknecht short from near midfield over the goalie’s head into the net two seconds into a soccer match his freshman year at La Monte, is his high school athletic highlight.
Crawford has three older brothers, Kenneth, 29 of Blue Springs; Billy 28, Independence, and John, 23 a student at Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla.
Crawford is the son of Harlan and Julie Crawford, Sedalia.