HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Brody Dean doesn't mind working up a sweat in gym class at F.E. Burleson Elementary School. In fact, he looks forward to it.
"I like to play games and play games with my friends, and I like to exercise," said Dean.
Speaking of exercise, Brody gets a lot of it. The 8-year-old plays basketball, soccer, and baseball. His arms get quite a workout since he plays the violin, and he just recently took up karate lessons.
"You can defend yourself from bad people," said Dean.
When he is not busy building up his muscles, he is busy building up his brain. Brody loves to read and study, and it has paid off. He has been on the "A" honor roll now since kindergarten.
"I like to do good in school, and I like to make 100 on my tests," said Dean.
Brody takes classes for gifted students, and his teacher describes him as innovative and bright.
"Most students, they can come up with an answer, but sometimes they have a hard time telling you how they got there. He is very good at being able to explain his thinking, and it helps students around him because he can sometimes put it more on their terms if they don't really understand what's going on," said teacher Brooke Pettey.
Brody said he has already thought about what he'd like to be when he grows up, and it is not just one thing.
"I'd like to be a doctor during the day and I want to be a karate teacher during the afternoons and night. I'd like to make lots of money," said Dean.
Brody Dean is a WAFF 48 Star Student.