Blue Springs South teacher remembers American Idol winner David Cook for talent, mentoring ability

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- It was eight years ago that the world was introduced to David Cook, the newest American Idol. His rock n’ roll style made him stand out from previous idols, but as a student in Blue Springs South High School, he was already known as a standout.

"I have wonderful memories of him as my Petruchio with Taming of the Shrew sitting here in his goofy Renaissance costume," said Susan Cooper.

Susan Cooper was Cook's drama teacher, and she remembers him for his talent and character.

"David has always been a mentor and looking out for those who are coming up behind him," said Cooper.

Cooper says it doesn't surprise her, therefore, that he was chosen to help young idols on Thursday's American Idol episode.

"He has never been someone to put on airs, to get a big head about things," said Cooper.

As she looks through her folder of newspaper clippings of some of Cook's accomplishments, Cooper admits she still sees Cook as the silly sophomore in her class, but she's proud that he's become so much more.

"He's always been genuine," said Cooper.