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Standout Students: Cole Custer

by • December 1, 2014 • 2014, Community, December 2014, Standout Students

COLE CUSTER // California Connections Academy @ Capistrano // Class of 2016

Cole Custer is the youngest NASCAR race winner in history at 16 years old, following his recent Truck Series victory in September. Cole started racing quarter midgets at five years old, and entered the NASCAR circuit in 2012. Showing a natural ability and an insatiable appetite for racing, Cole has dedicated himself to the sport while also staying on top of his studies. However, as the demands of his training and competition schedule increased, Cole began seeking a more flexible education option to allow him to pursue both his career and education. Cole opted for online school with California Connections Academy @ Capistrano, allowing him to take school on the road with him while he participates in races throughout the year. Cole’s mom, Cindy Custer, is pleased to see her son on track for college, and the sport of racing is already beginning to open doors for the young champion.

Cole’s September win at the UNOH 175 earned him a presidential scholarship from University of Northwestern Ohio, which offers a special program in high performance motorsports.

“Cole is an excellent student, and very dedicated to both his career and academics,” says Susan Schmidt, Cole’s advisory teacher at California Connections Academy @ Capistrano. “Helping incredibly talented students like Cole by creating a supportive school environment where they can learn, grow, and pursue their dreams, each in their own unique way, is our school’s mission. Cole’s success is that mission coming to fruition.” M

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