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Stanton Prep Sophomore Balances School and Surfing

6:09 AM, Oct 28, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While she dots an apple in her Stanton Prep art class, Piper Austin is dreaming of the waves.

"I was really scared of the ocean at first," the Student of the Week said. "I, like, just decided to try it and then I, like, fell in love."

The 15-year-old has been surfing since she was 8 years old, and trains on the water almost every day along with holding down a 4.2 GPA.

"I know I have to, like, apply myself and, like, it's definitely, like, a challenge," Austin said. "I have to work really hard but it's worth it."

She recently won a surfing contest in North Carolina, and said surfing keeps her disciplined and motivated to do well in school.

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