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Sports Talk: Jackson shines on field and in class

The Thomson High Athletic Booster Club recently awarded their McCorkle/Smith Memorial Scholarship to Durell Jackson. Durell was a receiver on the Thomson High football team as well as a member of the track team.


Durrell Jackson competes in the 100-meter hurdles.
Jason B. Smith
Durell, who hopes to study engineering in college, is quite an example of a true student-athlete. Durell's overall high school grade average is a hefty 97.4.

"I really do want to thank the Boosters for the scholarship, it means a lot," said Durell. His plans are to attend either Georgia Southern or Sewanee -- also known as The University of the South in Tennessee. These plans also include playing football.

Coach Luther Welsh described Durell's most shining moment as a Bulldog at the Booster's banquet last month. "Durell's touchdown catch, on his back, against Rome in the playoffs in 2002 still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it," said Coach Welsh.

"Running the hurdles in track is fun but football is my favorite sport," Jackson said. "Right now I'm just working hard at improving my times before the region track meet."

Durell runs both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles for the track squad.


Durrell catches his breath after a race.
Jason B. Smith
The son of Allan and Mary Jackson, Durell will obviously represent his family and Thomson very well as he heads off to college.

We all wish him the best of luck.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004

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