Top Scholar Athlete Overcomes Adversity

grosse thumbnailDANVILLE- On the surface, he's a Vermont top ten scholar/athlete. But there's more beneath the surface, that many might not know about him.  Who am I talking about? Danville High School Senior Travis Grosse was recently awarded as one of ten in the state of Vermont for his athletic and academic excellency. Grosse will even tell you he had a little chip on his shoulder before he was honored.


"I looked up at all the big name schools like CVU, Essex, Rutland, all the division one schools," said Grosse.

"And then I was like alright, it'd be pretty cool if a division four kid won this award. I think that's what really motivated me."

Grosse is a three sport athlete at Danville High School. He's received top honors in soccer, basketball, and baseball in the state of Vermont. One key aspect to being skilled in all three of these sports is hand-eye coordination. It's there, where Grosse will catch you with an off speed curveball.

When Travis was six, doctors had found a cataract in his right eye. Jill Cahoon, Travis' mom, thought the two were going to get eye glasses. The doctors thought otherwise.

"Pre-surgery was the unknown," said Cahoon.

"You look back and say how did this happen? Where did we go wrong?"

She also noted that once they were told about the cataract, it had all started to make sense as to why Travis' eye looked the way it did.

"When you look back at pictures you see a red eye in both. But with Travis, his right eye was black. So you could see that the cataract had probably been progressing."

His lens replacement surgery was done at the Boston's Children Hospital. And right after the surgery, came the eye patching.

"That was a big struggle for Travis," said Cahoon.

"He didn't want to wear it in school or daycare, so I can really give credit to his daycare provider, which at the time was Tammy Carrier. She was right on him."

This was roughly four years for Grosse. The only times he has any sort of glasses on now, is for baseball season.

"I don't think it was until he got his contacts that he said Mom finally I can see," said Cahoon.

Grosse's vision is almost perfect now. No more glasses, and no more patch.

In sports, where hand-eye coordination plays such a key role, Grosse has adapted and overcame. But there's always a chip on the shoulder for Grosse, even if he doesn't like it.

"I try not use it as a crutch, but it definitely gives me the pride inside knowing that I've overcome this, and done my job in being a good student and athlete.