“I would describe myself as a nerdy jock at DHS,” said Cole.
Cole Shelton will take his major talents on the baseball field from the small town of Dalton, where he grew up fishing, hunting and selling rabbits, to the ivy league fields at Yale University, where he received a baseball scholarship and will study economics, with hopes to someday work on Wall Street.
Cole worked hard to get to where he is today. While he was busy at Dalton High, he was also taking classes at Dalton State College and was able to earn his Associate's degree in general studies, taking home that degree before his high school diploma. Cole was one of two Dalton High School students to do this, the other being Ethan Ware, pictured with Cole below.
Cole's high academic achievements did not stop him from performing as an athlete. He was involved with football his freshman and sophomore year, swim team his junior year and baseball all four years. Cole was recognized as the All Area Player of the Year and Region Offensive MVP in baseball. He says his favorite high school memories are beating Allatoona in extra innings on senior night with a big crowd in the stands and spending time with his teammates.
"I would describe myself as a nerdy jock at DHS," said Cole.
Once fall arrives, Cole plans to hit the ground running and make his family proud, as he will be the first in his family to receive an Ivy League education. "I chose Yale because I fell in love with the environment when I visited, and I want to exploit the opportunity to get an excellent education."
Cole said both of his parents have influenced his life more than anybody else. "My mom has pushed me academically to my full potential," he said.
He also mentioned several teachers who impacted his education – Minako Barry helped him become a better writer and student all around, and Chris Manis at Dalton Middle was approachable and made learning science fun.
Cole will travel to the Dominican Republic with friends this summer and play a lot of baseball to prepare for joining the Yale team in the fall. He said the friend he will miss most is JP Tighe who has been his best friend since moving to Dalton.
Cole said in five years, he hopes he is either in graduate school at Yale or starting his career investing on Wall Street. "I think I could see myself fitting into that lifestyle," he said. And if he could not fail, he thinks he would like to be the President of the United States. But, whatever the future holds for Cole, his drive and perseverance are sure to help him become a success.