Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- WACH FOX is glad to highlight teens that are excelling inside and outside the classroom.
This month's teen to WACH is Tyrell Fleshman.
Fleshman is a rising senior at Spring Valley high school.
Major Gregory Perry, Fleshman's teacher, says he is role model for the students around him.
He's an excellent role model. As I was mentioning earlier not only is he a scholar and he does really well with the things we ask him to. But what's really more important is that he's a quality guy. He's really humble. I mean you have to make him talk about his accomplishments.
Fleshman is an Eagle Scout, an officer in junior ROTC, a section leader in the marching and symphonic band, has a black belt in karate , plays 6 instruments, volunteers at his church, and has a 4.4 GPA.
He says the key to success is perspective.
It's very hard. You just have to push through. You got to know what you're working for. And even if there are struggles with trying to deal with how you going to go to college, what kind of college you want to go to, what you want to do in your free time. You really just have to give up somethings. You don't want to but you have to make that sacrifice.
Fleshman encourages students to continue to push forward, no matter the circumstances.
He also says that while pressure to succeed is high, it's important for students to remember their personal happiness matters.
Yes your grades matter now. Education matters now. But like sooner or later it may not matter to you. And so I try as much as I can to realize that what does matter to me is my happiness. So I try to focus on that as much as possible sometimes and so that's where my humility comes from. I just try to stay happy as much as possible.
Fleshman plans to study the arts once he graduates from high school.
To hear the rest of Tyrell's story, click on the video above.