Hamilton finds success on and off field

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Natchez High senior Michael Hamilton was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his class. Anyone who has seen him operate on the Natchez High offensive line will certainly not question that selection.

&uot;I think most people are surprised when a football player gets real good grades, especially an offensive lineman,&uot; Hamilton said.

Hamilton is Natchez High ‘s nominee for a National&160;Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Miss-Lou Chapter scholarship.

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&uot;I was very surprised,&uot; Hamilton said. &uot;It’s a big honor.&uot;

The NFFHF banquet will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Natchez Eola Radisson.

Hamilton carries a 3.67 grade point average taking honors and dual enrollment courses and scored a 23 on his ACT.

&uot;Academics has always been very important to me,&uot; Hamilton said.

Hamilton said math has always been his favorite subject.

&uot;I’ve always liked dealing with numbers,&uot; he said.

Hamilton said he plans on attending Southern Mississippi or Mississippi State and taking up computer engineering.

Hamilton, the son of Michael and Clementine Hamilton, played center for the Bulldogs for three years.

Hamilton also tossed the shot put and discus for the Natchez High track team.

&uot;Playing football taught me how to be competitive,&uot;&160;he said. &uot;I learned discipline and how to deal with a group.&uot;

Hamilton received the football academic award the past three years.

He was selected for dual enrollment English Class, is a full-time Honor Roll student and was selected to Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

Hamilton was selected to the Math National Honors Society and is a member of the BETA Club, serving as vice-president.

He is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America, is a member of the Science Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

&uot;The highlight at Natchez was going to South State as a sophomore,&uot; Hamilton said. &uot;We’ve had tough years the past two years, but it helped me to learn to keep my head up and appreciate the good times.&uot;