As graduations approach, we take a look at few of the students graduating from North Augusta area schools. They are active in their schools, communities and serve as role models for others.
— Profiles complied by North Augusta Today Editor Nikasha Dicks
From high school
to collegiate ball
For Deondre Baskett, it’s a dream come true to play football at the collegiate level.
“I grew up playing sports,” said the Fox Creek High senior. “I’ve always loved it and wanted to continue playing when I went to college.”
At Fox Creek, he has played football, basketball and baseball and is a member of the yearbook staff.
He’ll continue to play football at Limestone College, where he plans to major in engineering.
Reaching the goal has taught him that “hard work pays off,” he said.
Student is involved in many activities
Brownyn Bigger, a North Augusta High senior, has received many honors and participated in activates in and out of school.
She has served as editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, and has participated as a Palmetto Girls State representative, Beta Club member, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society and Social Inc.
This year, she was also one of 10 named to the North Augusta High School’s Hall of Fame.
Eubanks is model for good character
Cassie Eubanks doesn’t believe in treating one person differently from another.
“Just be nice to everyone,” said the Victory Christian senior.
It’s something that has drawn positive attention to her from both classmates and administration.
“Cassie has always been friendly and courteous to fellow students,” states a nomination letter for the Celebration of Character award. “She is always willing to help fellow students with curriculum they may find difficult. She is well- liked by all and her character speaks well of her.”
She is a member of the National Beta Club, volunteers at a food bank and homeless shelter, is a summer camp counselor at the Augusta Jewish Community Center and has worked with the Vacation Bible School for two years at her church.
She plans to attend the University of South Carolina Aiken and major in nursing.
Fox Creek student will miss friends
Matthew Harley has always been encouraged and motivated by his mother to do well in all he does, said the Fox Creek High senior.
“I’ve learned the better you do now, the better off you are in the long run,” Harley said.
Matthew has played football and golf at Fox Creek all four years and also participated in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Silver Fox Academy, Senior Advisor, Junior Advisory and the prom committee.
One of the things he has enjoyed about attending the charter school is that “we’re very family oriented,” he said, adding that he’ll “miss the friends I’ve made here.”
Matthew plans to attend Anderson University and major in nursing.
Growing as a leader
Kelli Prather has learned many leadership skills through her school and community activities.
The North Augusta High senior is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America club, secretary for the Interact Club, a teacher cadet, goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and teaches Sunday school at TrueNorth Church.
“It has really taught me to be a leader in the community,” said Kelli of her activities.
How to balance it all is also something she’s learned by being active.
“FBLA taught me to manage my schedule and my time,” she said.