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salutatorian 2024 from Arlington High School, Cooper Peach
Posted in , , on June 1, 2024

Arlington High salutatorian Cooper Peach

It’s graduation season and we are celebrating the Class of 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian for all eight Arlington ISD high schools. Meet Arlington High School’s salutatorian Cooper Peach.

NAME: Cooper Peach

SCHOOL: Arlington High School

COLLEGE: Washington University in St. Louis

INTENDED MAJOR: Finance and engineering

〉What is one piece of advice you would give an incoming freshman?

Really don’t chase the achievements of life. There’s a lot that comes with the glamour. It looks like it is a lot more than it is. The starting spot. Being second in the class. It’s very nice. It’s very cool, but it doesn’t beat the process. It doesn’t beat the abilities you gain along the way. Being able to spend time with friends, being able to enjoy the family that is your football team or your baseball team, nothing will beat that compared to the achievements.  

〉If you were a superhero, which one would you be and why?

How could you go against Superman? He flies. Super strength. He’s got a big weakness, but everybody’s got something. I’d be Superman.

〉What are you most excited about after graduation?

Life. This starts the freedom and the next steps of beginning my actual life. For my entire life, it’s been Arlington, Texas, nothing else. Arlington High School, being around all the games and all the things. It’s going to be different, but it’s very exciting for me and the change is something I look forward to.

〉Who inspires you the most and why?

My dad (Arlington High football coach Scott Peach), no doubt about it. His smile. His good nature toward everybody and the way he can walk into a room, and everybody lights up when they see him. Seeing that everywhere I go to is completely inspiring. I aspire to be like that every single day.

What’s been your favorite high school memory?

It’s probably a combination. There were two or three moments when I would come off the football field and whether I scored a touchdown or made a big play or did something like that, and I crossed that sideline and I looked up and my dad was there smiling at me. Nothing beats that in my entire high school career, those Friday night lights. That’s what I dreamed of every moment of my life up to that point was being able to play under my dad, being able to do those things with him. When I was able to perform at a really high level, stepping off that field and seeing his face light up, nothing beat it.