Torrington High School Senior Spotlight. William Cook.
How long have you been running track and when did High Jump become something you felt you could be good at: I started running track in 6th grade after seeing my sister run in middle school and I was still in elementary. It wasn't until around 7th or 8th grade where I really got into high jump, being tall and able to jump put the thought in my head.
How long have you been playing basketball: For basketball I've been playing probably since pre-school, it has always been a fun game for my friends and me.
You come from an athletic family. How has that shaped you into the person you are today: Coming from an athletic family really shapes me to become better and strive to do my best and always excel in all my sports. You always want to beat someone and brag about how well you did, who's better to do that to then your family?
Tell me about some of the relationships you made while your family was a host family for Torrington summer baseball: Back when my family use to host baseball players for the Torrington Twisters it came with a lot of new friendships and role models. Take Stephen Strasburg for instance, we weren't his host family, but we got to meet him and become friends with him. That there shows you can be playing in a small league anywhere and still be able to make it to the pros.
Are you still in touch with any of the guys: I actually do stay in touch with two different players, one by the name of Todd Blair and one who was an assistant coach named Sean Connole. Sean has helped me with some of my college decisions and paths to look into.
How much fun was it to be at Fuessenich Park when you were growing up: Growing up in Fuessenich Park was so much fun. Being known by all the players and fans just this little kid running around doing whatever he wanted. I kinda miss it to be honest, the late nights with my friends playing wall ball or chasing home runs. It makes me wish we didn't have to grow up at all.
You seem to get the importance of giving back to the community. Where does that come from: Giving back to the community and everything to do with the community that I participate in definitely all comes from my mother. She is an inspiration to me and should be to a lot of people. She has done so much for this community. I wish one day I can do the same. From clean ups to clothes drives we have done a lot together. I for sure get all of my community service and giving back to the community from her.
You and Ashlynn are very close. How do you support each other: My sister Ashlynn and I are as close as can be. So close that we are even going to the same college together. We just have a sibling bond that I feel can never be broken. Growing up with a sister like her is amazing. All she does for me is truly a blessing and I wouldn't want any other sister in my life. She is just always there for me as I am for her.
In September, you will be going to Mount St Mary's University with Ashlynn. What went into your decision to go there: I chose Mount St. Mary's University because it really had the feeling of home. I could see myself there and see myself excelling in their programs. I also picked it being of its business program and track program. Also, my best friend Dylan Myrie will also be attending this college and their track program. He's like a brother to me and I'm glad we go to stick together for the next four years.
Talk about this year’s basketball season: This year’s basketball team was crazy. We did amazing as a team and worked together perfectly. I don't consider them teammates I consider all of them family. I feel that was why we worked so well together and preformed as good as we did, because we had a family relationship rather than just teammates. I wish it all did have to end so soon, but all good things come to an end.
Future plans: The plan for next year is to attend Mount St. Mary's University and run division one track and field for them. Study business and a minor in production. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me. I’m sad to be exiting high school and going away from all my friends but I'm also excited to see what happens next.