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High school students keep us busy

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By Pat Faherty

You can stay pretty busy keeping up with Gadsden County's high school students.

And we are proud to cover and promote the continuing achievements of our young adults in sports, academics and community involvement.

In the past two weeks, the Gadsden County Times has enjoyed the opportunity to put the spotlight on outstanding high school students from our area who have made their mark in different ways.

Last week we featured four athletics from East Gadsden High School who have been recruited and will be heading off to higher education in Southern California after finishing their senior year.

They have signed with Fullerton College, which has a football program best known for producing longtime NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, assistant Jacksonville coach John Pease, Greenbay Packer Brian Noble, legendary punter Mike Horan, coach/player Jim Fassel and others.

Not bad for our small high school in a competitive environment to be sending four players there.

These young men put Jaguar football in the spotlight last week. As members of East Gadsden's exciting 2010 team did the ceremonial signing with family members, coaches, teachers and teammates on hand. That team brought new attention to EGHS football.

The four are Timothy Trueblood Jr., Antwon Frost, Brandon Holt and Brian Johnson. They all attributed their success. to coach Corey Fuller and its staff.

Trueblood recalled those scorching practice sessions last August --when the coach kept them working -- sessions that paid off.

This week it was West Gadsden High School's turn. The West Gadsden Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps celebrated its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive by surpassing last year's success.

They recruited 49 participants, achieving the highest donor list in West Gadsden JROTC history and the photos of cadet donors Jasmine McClellan, Kiston Hinson and Crystal Quijada on page B1 say it all. They are helping save lives.