Up & Coming Weekly

December 17, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 18-24, 2019 UCW 25 Taitum James Seventy-First • Volleyball • Senior James has a grade point average of 3.6. In addition to volley- ball, she's involved with photography. She also officiates volleyball and is a youth leader in her church. Kaitlyn Bradley Seventy-First • Cheerleader • Junior Bradley has a grade point average of 4.25. She is active in the National Honor Society and is the secretary of the junior class. Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop congratulates these amazing scholar athletes of the week and invites them to the Rocket Fizz Store at 1916 Skibo Rd. to receive a FREE FREE gift recognizing their achievement! www.rocketfizz.com Deaver shares passion for football in poem by EARL VAUGHAN JR. When Terry Sanford freshman Christian "Chop" Deaver got an English assignment to write a poem about a topic he was passionate about, he didn't have to think about his subject. It was going to be football, as he tried to put into the words the message he'd been hearing all year long from head coach Bruce McClelland. His resulting work impressed both his English teach- er, Ryann McKay, and McClelland. "His passion for it really came out in the poem,'' McKay said. "You could tell that he liked football and is proud to be on the team in his other writings. "But the way he truly sees it as a brotherhood and a gift from God, all that kind of stuff, really came through in the poem itself.'' McClelland was also impressed. "In all my years of coaching, I've never had a kid, especially a first-year kid, get exactly what I'm trying to say,'' McClelland said. "Everything he said in the poem was like I was talking to him.'' Deaver, who got his nickname "Chop" when he was around five because people told him he was thick like a porkchop, doesn't consider himself a poet at heart. "I care about my team and family,'' Deaver said. "Coach Mac has stressed brotherhood a lot this season. I took that and went with it.'' More Than A Game by Chop Deaver by Chop Deaver Football It is more than a game We come out here and we play this great game that God has blessed us with But I don't think we really understand how lucky we are Football It is more than a game We have an opportunity to do something great that others don't have There are many other teams out there sitting on their butts at home But we don't seem to notice them You know why? Because no one notices people who don't win We are winners Football It's more than a game Everyone is dreaming in their sleep about wanting to be a bull- dog Being a bulldog is something special We have some of the best talent in the county, no, we have some of the best talent in the state And we take it for granted Terry Sanford has been blessed with a tradi- tion of winning Football It's more than a game People have worked their tail off in the past to allow us to be great All these coaches come out here and leave their families at home to help you Because we love you like you are our own kid Football It is more than a game This is a brotherhood that not many people are allowed to say they are a part of It should mean something to you I'm going to give you my all And all I want in return is yours Because if not We are going to join the couch club And be dreaming of other teams in our sleep Football It is more than a game I can't stress how much I want this for you guys Play for someone this Friday Play for these seniors who have grinder for four years Play for your parents who sacrifice a lot for you Play for your brothers sitting next to you Cause we are all one big family And this is football It is more than a game Attention Students: Let Your Voice Be Heard Get published in our award-winning community newspaper Up & Coming Weekly Send in your feature articles, editorials, short stories, movie and music reviews or original poetry and artwork to: highschoolhighlights@upandcomingweekly.com Subject line: High School Highlights Please include your photo and school information. Christian "Chop" Deaver

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