The King's Last WordsTuesday, May 29, 2012 By Nate Bethel
Senior Eli Boyd is preparing for the next chapter of his life. He is looking forward to graduating soon, but will miss Jackson High especially his friends and teachers. Being named Homecoming King in 2011 and getting to go out at half time during the football game was a highlight of his senior year. He had a great time after the game, hanging out at the dance being “the King”. Boyd played Varsity football and basketball, and will remember success and great times in sports. In Boyd’s senior year, the basketball team won districts. It was a great experience to be a member of the team. Head basketball Coach Ramsey Nichols remembered Boyd for what did not make it in the stats books like coming off the bench in the District Game and grabbing some key rebounds. “He was not hard to coach.” Nichols said, “He played hard all the time and never complained about playing time. Eli was a strong and physical player.” He noted Boyd’s potential and his positive effect on the team. Boyd liked playing sports and being around his friends. One of his favorite coaches was JV basketball coach Jeremy Patterson. He told him to go after what he wants and not to wait for it to come to you. Boyd said he will miss school. “I will miss it but I am excited to establish myself,” he said. Boyd’s favorite class was mythology with Paris Anderson. He liked learning about the different cultures and religions. Another one of his favorite teacher was math teacher Michelle Kantor. “She is cool but expects a lot and has tough love,” Boyd said. Eric Scimeca, College Resources, who helped him get into JCC also made sure his credits would transfer to a four year college. He will attend JCC for a year with a focus on engineering and then transfer to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also intends to get a job after high school while he is attending college. Kantor was Boyd’s seventh grade teacher. She realized early the Boyd had potential and is happy to see him living up to it. She said she expects him to be very successful in his future pursuits Boyd is excited about moving on, attending college and a career. He will miss his high school friends, teachers and experiences and plans on returning to Jackson High as an alumnus to watch a football or basketball game. He is looking forward to getting his diploma, knowing that his experiences have helped prepare him for success in the future. “It is nice to see he is giving his all and blossoming,” Kanto said.