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Brothers, father make high school leadership a family tradition

Jan. 19, 2013 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

Trevor Austin (center) is rested upon by his father, Lawson Austin (left), and brother, Tanner Austin (right), in front of their home in Victoria. Trevor  recently received the honor of Mr. Victoria East High School, just like his brother and father had received in years past.

Wearing a light brown fleece, Victoria East High School senior Trevor Austin, 17, wheeled around nervously in a black chair.

A cross engraved on a dog tag sat comfortably against his coral-colored shirt.

"God has always been an inspiration in my life," Trevor said timidly from across the conference room table.

The high school senior said he's had several recent blessings to be grateful for.

The varsity football player was not only named homecoming king, but also received the MVP Challenge Award after the Titans beat their hometown rival, the Victoria West High School Warriors.

In mid-January, Trevor learned of another award his older brother and father also received during their time in Victoria school district high schools.

Mr. VEHS - it's an honor that doesn't require you do much after you get it, but Trevor's school counselor Loree Clark said it's a pretty big deal.

"It's about being a good example for everybody else," Clark said, beaming proudly at her student.

The weekend after Trevor learned about the award, his older brother, Tanner Austin, 20, was visiting from Texas A&M University.

Tanner Austin was named Mr. VEHS in 2010, the school's inaugural year.

"You look different with facial hair," said Clark as her former student walked into the conference room.

Tanner Austin is smaller than his brother but still exerted dominance over Trevor with a confident collegiate swagger.

The eldest Austin son was also named homecoming king his senior year when the Titans beat the Warriors in their first time meeting.

"It was a pretty exciting time," Austin said. "That was the biggest win we got for the school that year. Everybody was worried about not getting it."

Lawson Austin, father of both Tanner and Trevor, graduated from Victoria High School in 1978 as Mr. VHS.

Looking toward the future, Trevor said he hopes to inspire students to succeed academically as the student-nominated ambassador for the school.

With a 3.9 GPA, Trevor said he's always done his best to put his grades above the rest.

"I just plan on finishing up my senior year and having a good time," Trevor said. "I still need to figure out what my next step is."



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