"Jimmy Carter: A Student Athlete"

"Jimmy Carter: A Student Athlete"

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Jimmy Carter was a very talented young man. He had exceptional grades, was a superior athlete, and had a large ego. A straight “A” student and a 4-sport athlete; basketball, football, track, and golf. He felt like he was the perfect child created by God. While in fifth grade, right before entering middle school, his teachers were recommending him for high school level courses, and coaches were all over him trying to get him to join their athletic teams. Most people would have been overwhelmed if they were in Jimmy’s position, however he found the situation easy. The only problem that people saw in him was his attitude. Jimmy was extremely cocky and felt like nobody was better than him. After graduating from elementary school, he had a decision to make. Jimmy had to choose between an athletic based middle school, and a middle school that was focused on their academics. While most people thought it would be best for him to attend the school with the pronounced athletic program, he decided to go with Jordan Middle School, the school with phenomenal academic program. Over the summer, he decided to focus one sport, basketball. He participated in many camps that helped him improve his skills. Then came the first day of a new journey. Jimmy had the freshest clothes, brand new shoes, and was ready to make a name for himself. While in the classroom, Jimmy managed to average the highest grades, as well as test scores, throughout not just his grade, but the entire school. His accomplishment only boosted his confidence, and made him even cockier. Then came basketball tryouts, exactly what he had been waiting for all year. Jordan Middle School was known for their academics, and had never won a championship in athletics in their history of being opened. Jimmy was determined to change that whole situation, and turn the school into a number one championship contender. And that’s exactly what he did. Jimmy made the eigth grade team as a sixth grader and worked his way up to a starting position. Leading his team with twenty points, eight rebounds, and five assists a game, Jordan Middle School moved up to the number one program in their conference. They went on to win the conference and county championship, brought up by the one and only, Jimmy Carter. After the school year ended, he was recognized for not his athletic success, but his perfect grades as well. Jimmy felt like he was on top of the world, and he only got better from there. It was now his last year in middle school, and he had another major decision to make, this time it was the high school. Once again, all the coaches were lined up trying to get Jimmy to attend their school. As a result of this, he started to get the ‘big head”. In some instances, his skill was starting to be blocked by his attitude. People began not to like him because of this. However, he continued to do what he loved. For high school, Jimmy chose his neighborhood school, which was pretty balanced in all aspects, or categories. Again, he excelled in the classroom, and was ready for his first high school tryout. There were three teams that he could try out for; the freshman team, JV, and Varsity. Since he was in the ninth grade, everyone was expecting him to play on the freshman team. However, he blew everyone’s minds and made the varsity basketball team. He believed that he was going to make it without a doubt. The season began, and Jimmy was outstanding. Coming off the bench, he was the second leading scorer and led the team in assists. He was often being compared to Michael Jordan for thinking the he was the best in his entire school. Then the attitude came back to affect him in a negative way. Nobody could tell him anything, he became self-driven. Then one cool, November night, Jimmy and his father he riding home together after one of his games. While Jimmy’s dad was trying to inform him on things he could work on, he began to swerve to the other side of the ride. Their vehicle eventually collided with another on his dad’s side of the car. Jimmy was absolutely fine; however his father had some serious damage. Momentarily, the ambulance came. Jimmy’s father died on the way to the hospital. Two weeks passed and Jimmy was still completely distraught. He did not talk, did not attend school, and didn’t even want to play basketball or any other sport. He had the accident on his mind all day, every day and still could not believe what had happened. After a while, the death of Jimmy’s father made him realize how bad his attitude was and that you can take anything for granted. He began to change his ways and just let his skills do the talking. When he went back to school, people stated to respect him more, and didn’t dislike him for his attitude. His cockiness level was toned down and he was less talkative on the court.

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