Lake City student setting an example on and off the field

Lake City student setting an example on and off the field

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - Jalen Barr, a senior at Lake City High School, has set the bar when it comes to student athletes.

Barr strives for excellence in all sports he plays, which include football, track and field, baseball and basketball.

Still, it's what he does when he's off the field that will have a lasting impact on his community.

Since his sophomore year, colleges and universities have been paying close attention to Barr, who plays several positions but mainly wide receiver for the Lake City High School varsity football team. For the 2016-2017 season, he has 300 yards, 15 catches and four touchdowns.

And while loves playing sports, many feel Barr's work away from the field is what earns him MVP status.

"Your sports days are going to come to an end, but your education can last you forever," said Barr.

He has a 3.5 grade point average and is well on his way to secondary education, as he is enrolled in college courses to earn college credit hours.

Barr is president of his 2017 graduating class and he's really exciting about his involvement in the Teacher Cadet Program through Lake City High School.

The program focuses on providing field experience for students interested in becoming future educators. Barr is working with various grade levels of students to see what specific area he would be interested in teaching.

"I want to double major in business administration and athletic training," he said. "I want to come to Lake City and give back to the community what they gave to me."

Barr has committed to more than 100 hours of community service, showing he is a young man who has a heart to help others in need.

"I just go and help out if I have time, no matter what," he said.

On Friday mornings, the students at Lake City Elementary School look forward to seeing Barr and other football teammates greet them.

The team walks the students to their class, a positive gesture he said encourages and motivate them.

"They put a smile on your face and you put a smile on their face," said Barr.

He is also a member and president of the organization Mega Man, a school mentoring program for young boys that teaches leaderships skills and influences students with positive change and affirmations.

"Jalen is the person that will go out of his way for anybody else and willing to be the best he can be in anything he do," Barr said, referring to himself.

He has a strong desire to assist the community that has helped and encourage him. He has plans to come back and build a youth center for the town of Lake City.

Barr may sometimes be quiet and modest, but he takes pride in leading his teammates, classmates and community by example.

"I'm not really a vocal leader, I'm an example leader," he said. "I want to lead by example and don't do too much talking."

Barr has already been offered three full scholarships and two partial scholarships to five different schools. He hasn't decided where he'll attend just yet.

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