Educational Studies and Political Science Double Major
Jackson White is a versatile member of the Prairie Fire baseball team.
He's played in the outfield, first base, and pitched for Knox. A two-time
All-Midwest Conference selection, Jackson helped the 2012 Prairie Fire
baseball team finish second in the MWC South Division and advance to the
MWC Tournament for the first time since 2008. He led last year's team with a .371 batting average, which ranked #6 in the conference, was also second on the team in hits and on base percentage.
How do you balance athletics and academics?
I really credit my time management skills for my success in both the classroom and on the field. I know that when I'm in the classroom I need to go 100% and when I'm at practice or a game I need to go 100%. That means that I have to plan well and keep myself organized -- not just day-to-day, but also week-to-week and month-to-month.
What has been your favorite class?
I really enjoyed EDUC 301 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World. The class gave me the opportunity to work in a high school environment for the first time, which is obviously what I want to do for a career.
What has been your greatest athletic challenge?
I'd say the greatest athletic challenge I face will actually start this season. For the first time we are playing two double headers each weekend for a month and a half. That is going to challenge me both mentally and physically.
What do you enjoy most about your team?
This team has bonded beyond the game. I have made lifelong friends, and the mutual respect we all have for each other pushes us to get better.
How do you think being a part of this team and sport is going to benefit you once you leave Knox?
I understand how important it is to develop and hone leadership and listening skills. As a teacher (and hopefully a coach) I am going to get the opportunity to teach others, and the experience I have from playing baseball will certainly carry over.