Scholar athlete — Daniel Guedon

Published 12:01 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

Adams County Christian School senior Daniel Guedon balanced his time between four different sports and serving as vice president of the school’s student council. He graduates from ACCS Friday. (Eric Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — It would not be a stretch to say Daniel Guedon was heavily involved with Adams County Christian School during his high school tenure.

There was never a time that Guedon, a senior who graduates Friday, wasn’t practicing for a sport as long as school was in session. And if he wasn’t doing that, he was probably doing a student council-related activity.

Guedon, who ran track and played football, basketball and tennis for the Rebels, also served as vice president of the school’s student council.

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“I basically filled in for the president when they weren’t there and made sure everyone went to the meetings,” Guedon said. “We met a pretty good bit (during the school year), but it’s not really too hard to balance between it and sports.”

Guedon said the council helped organize the school’s annual spring fling.

“Most of the spring fling was put together by us,” he said. “A lot of planning goes into it. Every class had their own booth.”

Guedon said his GPA is somewhere between a 3.0 and 3.2, and he scored a 19 on the ACT. As a year-round athlete at ACCS, there was no down time before study time in the evenings.

“As soon as we’re done with one sport, it’s right on to the next,” Guedon said.

“It was fun. I liked playing all of them, but it was kind of a relief when you got through with the last sport, so you wouldn’t have to practice right after school every day.”

Guedon, who was named All-Metro first team this past season by The Natchez Democrat, said basketball is his favorite sport. He averaged 15 points, five rebounds and two steals per game in 2010-2011.

Guedon said he played point guard some this season, which wasn’t too difficult to adjust to.

“You get used to it,” Guedon said.

Even though basketball is his favorite sport, Guedon said his favorite sports memory was actually his senior football season last fall. Guedon started as a freshman when head coach Paul Hayles was first trying to rebuild the Rebels’ program, and the chance to finally make the playoffs last season gave Gudeon an added sense of accomplishment.

“The whole year (was amazing),” Guedon said. “I don’t really know how to describe it. It just felt good.”

Guedon’s talents extend beyond the athletic arena. Guedon also sings for his church, Church Hill Methodist, and sang at his school’s beauty pageant.

“It was the regular beauty pageant,” Guedon clarified. “Not the women-less beauty pageant. I’m sorry to say, I actually won that one. It felt weird (dressing up in drag), but it was fun.”

Guedon will attend Mississippi State in the fall and major in either pre-law or business management. He said he wants to try to be a lawyer — and he also doesn’t plan to stop playing basketball.

“I probably will play intramurals,” he said. “I don’t really want to let it go.”