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Leaders in Learning: Emmett student vaults to success

Landon is competing at an elite level in track and field — representing Team Idaho at the National Junior Olympics and setting five track and field records for his school, including for pole vault and hurdles.

A student at Emmett Middle School is learning that the key to success is perseverance!

"I know a lot of people who weren't all that great at something, then they put in the hard work and they got really good," said Landon Helms.

Landon, an eighth grader, is determined to excel in and out of the classroom.

"I am really competitive. I am even competitive with myself," said Landon Helm. "Sometimes I grade myself more harshly than I probably should."

Landon is competing at an elite level in track and field — representing Team Idaho at the National Junior Olympics and setting five track and field records for his school, including for pole vault and hurdles.

All accomplishments that he says are the result of hard work and a passion to succeed.

Landon puts in countless hours outside of track practice working to perfect his form.

"I spend a lot of time on YouTube just watching [pole] vaulters," said Landon.

That drive to win doesn't stop on the field. Landon is also an honor roll student.

"I try to get as much done as I can in the classroom. Then, whatever I don’t get done, I work on when I get home and then I leave to go to practice. Then, when I get back I just work on it some more," said Landon.

One day, Landon hopes to be offered a college scholarship for pole vault and to ultimately have a career in project management, but he knows that kind of success starts in the classroom.

"Constantly thinking of new ways to better yourself and improve. Then, that going with school, just constantly trying to think 'how can I do better?'"

Knowing that with enough perseverance, he can make it over any barrier put before him.


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