Christian Thompson was escorted by Clarissa Williamson and Michael Thompson. Favorite athlete: Kyrie Irving; Favorite quote: Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living, no man dead or no man yet to be born could do it any better. Best memory: Winning region. Goal: To become the first female president.
Jada Martin was escorted by Carol Martin and Richard Martin. Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant. Favorite quote: I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me. Best memory: Winning region. Goal: To become a state champion.
LaDashia Cook was escorted by Carlos Cook. Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan. Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Best memory: Winning region. Goal: To attend Claflin University and study early childhood education.
Raven Rivers was escorted by Cynthia Rivers and John Rivers. Favorite athlete: Rajon Rondo. Favorite quote: I can accept failure because everyone fails at something, but what I can’t accept is not trying. Best memory: Winning region. Goal: Win a state championship and become an orthodontist.
Tia Pearson was escorted by Cynthia Murphy, Frazier Craig, Nikki Craig and Nasir Mobley. Favorite athlete: Maya Moore. Favorite quote: Smart is not what you are born, smart is what you become. Best memory: Winning region. Goal: Win a state championship and become a physical therapist.
Keith Workman was escorted by Betty Workman and Keith Workman. Favorite athlete: LeBron James. Favorite quote: I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying. Best memory: Soring 1,000 points; Goal: Play college basketball, graduate from a four-year college and own my own business.
Jalyn Davis was escorted by Beverly Davis and Tashika Brown. Favorite athlete: Chris Paul. Favorite quote: Don’t be afraid to go after what you want or what you want to be and don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price. Best memory: Starting varsity as a sophomore. Goal: Just to simply be successful in life.
Daniel Maple was escorted by Bria Maple and Daniel Maple Sr. Favorite athlete: A’mare Stoudimire. Favorite quote: Never give up. Best memory: Going to state title game in football and upsetting Newberry. Goal: To become a successful athlete.
Victor Alston was escorted by Tiffany Alston. Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant. Favorite quote: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Best memory: Having fun with teammates on the court. Goal: Always strive for success, study communication and play basketball at a four-year school.
Chanti Jones was escorted by Curtis Iesha. Favorite athlete: Deandre Jordan. Favorite quote: It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Best memory: State championship football games. Goal: Sign to a college on March 24 and pursue an engineering degree.
Javaris Cook, left, and Tavaris Cook, right, were escorted by Carla Thompson and Michael Thompson. Javaris’ favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant. Favorite quote: If God is with me, who can be against me. Best memory: Playing in two state championship games. Goal: Go into the Army. Tavaris’ favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant. Favorite quote: Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Best memory: Playing for the state championship in football. Goal: Go into the Army.
Jahvanne Neal was escorted by Cynthia Neal and James Neal. Favorite athlete: LeBron James; Favorite quote: If you can dream it, you can do it. Best memory: Playing in two state title football games. Goal: Become a pro football player.
Jamil Thompson was escorted by Curtis Washington. Favorite athletes: LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Favorite quote: What happened yesterday is history, what we do today makes a difference. Best memory: Making the varsity basketball team. Goal: To have a good life and stay on the right track.