Brianna Hart shines as much in the classroom as she does on the basketball court at Thomson High School.
And because she does, the 18-year-old recently was honored as the scholar/athlete of the week by WJBF-TV Channel 6 and their host partners. A filmed interview aired two weeks ago during a special sports segment.
Brianna, the daughter of Ervin and Dorothy Hart of Thomson, is considered one of the most intelligent members of her senior class - currently the number two student. She hopes to become the class salutatorian.
During a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror, Brianna said she was honored to have been recognized by the Augusta television station.
"It was a privilege to have been selected by them as the student/athlete of the week," said Brianna. "It's something I'll never forget. It made me very proud to represent Thomson High School and Thomson athletics."
Brianna is looking forward to her senior season on the basketball court for the THS Lady Bulldogs. \She is preparing to enter her fourth season on the varsity team and her second as a starting forward. Prior to entering high school, Brianna also was a starting player in both the seventh and eighth grades at Thomson Middle School.
"I think this year is going to be a starting point for rebuilding the girls' basketball team at Thomson High School, since we have a new coach," said Brianna. "I think he's (Coach Michael Williams) brought a sense of unity and discipline to the team. I'm looking forward to my senior year with him being our coach."
The last few seasons have been particularly trying ones for the Lady Bulldogs' in terms of basketball.
"We haven't played very well the last few seasons," admitted Brianna.
She's hoping to help change all of that this season, though.
"I hope that we're able to overcome the obstacles of the past and the losing seasons," added Brianna.
She said the focus is not on what the team hasn't done in the past - rather what the team might accomplish this season.
"It's all positive," said Brianna. "We're all working as a team and focusing on the positive - not the negative."
Brianna has two goals in mind in this, her last prep basketball season.
"I want to bring leadership and unity to the team," she said, noting that she'd also like to improve her game, too.
Brianna, who plans to attend the University of Georgia after graduation from THS, aspires to become a physical therapist for a team in the National Football League someday.
Already, she is working towards that goal by working part-time as a health and occupation student for Jim Capps, a physical therapist in Thomson.
Brianna, who was one of 10 candidates for homecoming queen, is a member of the THS BETA Club, year book staff and serves as co-president of the student council.
Her hobbies include working with young children at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church near Thomson. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and relaxing.