Top 100 Highlight – JAVARI PARKS


Javari Parks may have been diagnosed with ADHD when he was eight years old, but this Hickory Ridge High School junior has a clear focus on his future and has the requisite attention to reach his goals.


“I was determined not to let my disability be a controlling factor in my education,” says Parks. “I have worked extra hard to be a leader on and off the field.”


Parks is a leader in the classroom. His weighted GPA of 4.0132 is clear evidence of the control he has over his academic life. He is a member of the National Beta Club and thoroughly embraces its mission to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership.


One of his collegiate choices is the US Naval Academy. He attended Junior Candidate Week at the Academy in 2011 to get a feel for that environment. His other choices, UNC Chapel Hill and George Mason University, could provide the setting to pursue a Pre Med, Nursing or Sports Medicine degree, the choices he is now considering. His ultimate goal is to become a doctor and help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.


Javari is a well-rounded young man. This scholar athlete is a starting safety/linebacker for the varsity football team at Rose Hill. On the track team, he throws the discus and shot put.


He has an artistic side as well. He was a member of the Rose City String Orchestra and became lead cellist before leaving the orchestra in 2010. In his church he was president of the N2Him Liturgical Praise Dance Group and sang in the Providence M.B. Church Youth Choir, both from 2006 until 2010.


He is very concerned about his community and has definitely done his part to make it better. Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Thomas County. YMCA junior counselor, Christmas caroling with HOSA, Favor Christian Academy, and the Charlotte half marathon are some of the places and events were he shared his talents. His difficult background leads him to do what he can to help others and in so doing, help himself.


“Despite all of the negative aspects I may have in life, I was determined to strive for excellence,” he says. And he continues to work toward becoming an even more successful young black male.




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