I once saw a quote that said, “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are”. This is a very poignant quotation, in that kindness tells more about people than they could tell you about themselves. The way you treat others is who you really are. Some people are kind as an angle to get something out of it- to somewhat gain a return favor. True kindness is doing things for people and expecting absolutely nothing in return. This week’s Warehouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week lives this out everyday. He is a genuinely good person, and goes out of his way to help others. Even helping those who could never repay him. He does that because it is in his nature- its who he is. Harrison Saunders is this week’s Warehouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week, and he makes Jasper High School a better place because he is a part of it.
Harrison is the son of Jill Saunders and Douglas Saunders. He currently has a 22 on the ACT and carries a 4.2 Grade Point Average. Harrison is the president of The Wave, Jasper High Schools version of Fellowship of Christian Students. He is also an active member of Agape and Interact Clubs. Harrison is a 4 year Letterman in football where he plays linebacker for the undefeated and #1 ranked Vikings. He is also a member of the 2019 Area Champion basketball team.
When thinking about his future, Harrison is unsure of what college he will eventually attend, but “would like to attend Jacksonville State and play football”. As far as his career endeavors go, he has narrowed it down to a few options. “I want to go into some kind of ministry, coaching, or motivational speaking. I want to do something where I can make a difference in the world”.
When you are staring graduation in the eye and begin to look back, there are obvious memories that stand out above the others. Harrison’s favorite memory at Jasper High School took place when the Vikings “won the region championship by beating Russellville last year. The energy and feeling in the game was amazing and I’ll always remember it”. We hope that Harrison is not finished making memories at Jasper High School.
Harrison loves being a Jasper Viking. It is evident by the way he carries himself and his activity on campus. He will miss many things about this school when he walks out of these halls for the last time. He says that what he will miss most will be “seeing my friends and coaches everyday”.
As he ponders on what teacher(s) have had the greatest impact on his life, he quickly mentions Defensive Line Coach and Assistant Principal, Darius Gilbert. “Coach G has had the most impact in my life because he has taught me everything I know about football and also has been there for me when I had no one else. Mrs. Walton (Longtime Walker/ Jasper Language Arts Teacher) was there for me in the toughest time in my life and guided me to get through and help give me strength and confidence. She has also helped me grow in my faith”.
When given the opportunity to thank someone, Harrison did not hesitate in thanking “All my coaches for being the great Christian men they are. My parents for raising me to be the person I am today. My youth pastor Stuart for helping me be a man of God, and showing me how to live my life for Jesus everyday”.
Harrison would also like to take a second to invite all students in our community to tonight’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Fields of Faith” at 7:00 in the Pam Brown Theater at Jasper High School. Along with that, he also invites anyone who would like come, to attend the Block Party in downtown Jasper at Lavish Coffee Bar immediately following next Friday’s game with Lawrence County. This event is brought to us by FCA and local churches. We would like to thank Harrison for being a positive influence on our school, by leading by example, and most of all for showing kindness to those that he comes in contact with. We would also like to thank Warehouse 3Nineteen for helping us to recognize our student athletes for the impact that they have on our community.