DECATUR, Miss. -- Newton County's Joel Hill leaves an impact beyond the tennis court, soccer, and football field for the Cougars, earning a spot on the 2018 All-Scholastic Sports team.
"I have no trouble at all telling these younger kids, 'Hey, look at this guy, this is the kind of guy you want to be when you get to his age.'" said Newton County tennis coach Chad Bond. "We really stress that in the tennis program here. We talk about the seniors being a role model. Our seniors are very conscious of those younger kids always watching them, no matter what we're doing on or off the court."
"Not only is he involved in multiple sports, but he is also involved in multiple school organizations and clubs" said Newton County counselor Jessica Thomas. "He always makes sure to give 110% in everything he does."
Hill sports a perfect 4.0 GPA, and is ranked fourth in his graduating class. He's inspired by those around him in pursuing his goals on and off the court at Newton County.
"Well, I'm honored to be the representative for Newton County" Hill said. "Good friends, good parents, and good teachers have just helped me, and challenged me to do my best."
Hill played an important role in Newton County's 2017 4A State tennis championship, taking home the Boys Doubles crown for the Cougars last year.
This year, he'll play a vital role in the 2018 postseason for NCHS, as well as representing Newton County well on this year's All-Scholastic Sports team.
"Joel is continuing that tradition of our multi-sport athletes making the All-Scholastic Sports team" Bond said. "We're very, very proud of him representing us that way."