James Moon, Callaway High (CHS) senior, said this time of social distancing has helped him become closer to his family. “Bond with your family… so many have looked at this as a negative time and I look at it as a positive because during regular school times, we are so busy and caught up in everything from classes, to practice, to extracurricular activities,” is the advice he would give his peers and community neighbors.
While planning to keep that family bond tight, he says he will stay close-tohome and continue playing football at LaGrange College after he graduates from high school. Being a member of the Cavalier football team holds fond memories for him and he hopes to continue that feeling of teamwork as he ventures into college.
In addition to football, Moon excelled in academics. He was a true student athlete and remembers he had some great educators while in Troup County School System. Ms. Melissa Stanley, Moon’s Math instructor, stuck out to him as one of his favorite teachers. He said she was a winner to him because a lot of teachers tend to focus on grades, “but she focused on you as a person and was someone you could talk to. She still cared about your work, but the way she taught and connected with all her students made it fun to learn in her class. I really enjoyed it,” he says.
There are two things Moon says he will never forget. One is playing football because of the bond he built with his coaches and team members. The second is his nomination to represent his class as a member on the Homecoming Court. Of that night, he said, “Jacob Freeman, who is like a brother to me, and I were both in the top selections for Homecoming King. We enjoyed the competition. Even though Jacob won, he said that he knew no matter who won that we were both still kings. It just showed our brotherhood and support that made Callaway special.”
For those students coming up behind him in high school and preparing for what the next year holds, Moon advises to, “Build relationships. You should build relationships with both students and teachers. A lot of students don’t think that their teachers care, but if you just sit back and look at it, they care more than you actually know.”