Eli Cook involves himself in extracurricular activities

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Samantha Weese

Eli Cook 11 runs in a cross country race for his Tri-Lakes Runners' Club. “I have run cross country for two years. What I enjoy most about cross country is competing with other schools and having fun with my friends,” Cook said.

Holly Esposito, Team Leader

Eli Cook 11 is among the hundreds of other students at Lewis-Palmer who participate in many activities, inside and outside of school.

Cook is a member of Lewis-Palmer’s Varsity Cross Country team and Track team. “I have run cross country for two years. What I enjoy most about cross country is competing with other schools and having fun with my friends,” Cook said.

The team has intense training practices before meets and races. “We train at different locations like Spruce Mountain, Mount Herman, and Palmer Lake. We run for distance, core, and intervals,” Cook said.

Not only is Cook part of the school’s cross country team, but he is also a member of the Tri-Lakes Runner’s Club in Monument, Colorado.

Cook has traveled to compete in races outside of Colorado as well. He had the opportunity to compete in Arizona for Nike Cross Regionals, a big cross country event that runners from around the country participate in annually.

“I got a 19:54 in 3.1 miles,” Cook said. This was the longest race that he has run in his cross country career. He has won many awards throughout his years of running, including his varsity pin he earned this previous fall season.

Cook is also involved in Boy Scouts as an extracurricular activity. “We do service projects; at Walmart, we rang bells for the Salvation Army to collect money. I also did a service project where I helped my two friends with their Eagle Scout project,” Cook said.

Cook has been in Boy Scouts for eleven years and he has earned many awards for his service. “I have won a ton of merit badges and I received recognition of the service that I did from the Salvation Army,” Cook said.

As well as serving in the community, he has experienced many exciting activities while being in Boy Scouts. “We go kayaking, ice climbing, [we go to] sporting events, we go camping, and there’s a lot of other events that we do,” Cook said.

Cook enjoys serving and engaging in the community. “My favorite part of Boy Scouts is helping the community and the people, having fun with my friends, and helping them achieve Eagle Scouts by helping them with their projects,” Cook said.