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Carter has the look for a successful future

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Kendrick Carter

Kendrick Carter

When the history of Millington Central High School is written, Kendrick Carter might be causally mentioned.
But the Class of 2013 member made a huge impact on his peers during his four years walking the halls of MCHS, and causal wouldn’t be the word to describe him. From being president of the National Honor Society to a four-year letterman in basketball, Carter presented himself with a style that became his trademark.
From designer ties to accent an outfit to argyle socks to coordinate with his shirts, Carter drew addition attention to success in the classroom and court.
“It’s dressing for success,” he said. “I feel the way you dress and present yourself represents who you are. I feel if you present yourself in a professional way, it shows you have character. You also want to be an influence to younger people and people your age that you can have your pants at your waist and with a belt on. You can be respectful.”
Carter was taught respect by his parents Donna Weeams and Clarence Carter. And his stepfather Fernandez Weeams has given Kendrick a few more pointers on being a dignified young man.
Fernandez works in law enforcement. Clarence, an underwriter, and Donna, an accountant, dress in professional gourmets daily.
“My Mom, she buys me clothes that actually fit,” Kendrick said. “And my Dad,
they’re both business professionals. They wear suits and dress up everyday for work.”
Seeing button up shirts, ties and dress slacks as common wear, Carter embraced his unique style as he approached his daily tasks at MCHS.
“I remember when I first got here, I wasn’t really involved,” he said. “I thought I could just get by on basketball. Then my Mom reiterated that I needed to get involved. Overtime I just got involved more and more.
“And I noticed colleges offer scholarships and accept their students on their involvement,” Carter added. “If I wanted to get into a pretty good college, I needed to get involved. So you can’t go wrong by getting  involved.”
While being involved, Carter maintained a 3.54 grade-point average, finished ranked 14th in his class and scored a 25 on the ACT. Also a member of the BETA Club, Carter added to his work load by becoming a broadcast manager in the Millington Broadcasting Department.
Under the guidance of Marshonn Calvin, Carter has assisted behind the scenes on award-winning film pieces. The 18-year-old was in charge of productions and could be seen working a camera at sporting events. Then Carter took his turn on the other side of the camera as part of Trojan TV.
“It has meant a lot to me,” he said. “It showed me I could be in front of a camera. I used to be a shy person. Now I can just express myself and do something I enjoy.
“My approach is do your best and give your all,” Carter continued. “There’s a time to play and a time to get serious. In the classroom it’s time to be serious. You can still have fun but you have to stay serious and get your work done.”
Carter had that same approach in basketball. He served as a leader on a team with 10 seniors.
“As one of the captains of the basketball team, I wasn’t the top scorer or the top at anything,” he acknowledged. “But I was more of a helper of others, becoming a better person on the court and off the court.”
With his peers on the court, Carter helped the Millington Trojans win the 2010 Shelby County Freshmen championship. Over the next three years Carter and the Class of 2013 help build the Trojan Basketball program to a respectful level and make history with Division I signings.
“Being that encouraging voice, that was my role,” Carter recalled. “I was kind of one of the go-to guys for the coach. And being one of the smart people on the team, Coach (Rob Sabau) knew they would listen to someone more who was there age.”
While some of his teammates will head to college to play basketball, Carter’s future plans include attending UT-Knoxville to major in Kinesiology to become a physical therapist.
“I’m the only one from this school that I know of going to Knox,” he said. “Even though I’m a social person and I know a lot of people, I have a couple of friends going to Knox.
“With the skills I learned from broadcasting, the classes I’ve taken and the skills learned on the court as for leadership and I can go to college and have impact there,” Carter added. “I can make a difference there like I have done here.”
Many members of the MCHS faculty, administration and student body would say Carter has made a difference during his time at the school. And no matter what he was wearing, his intelligence, class and Trojan spirit was always a part of his outfit.
“Not too long ago I was told, even though I wear sweatpants some days, I present myself better than some others, which was a compliment to me,” he said. “To me it makes me feel like I’ve been an influence to others. I’ve influenced the basketball players to have a dress up game day. I influenced that to happen. I feel I made a difference. As long as I made a difference I feel like I helped make a positive change in the school.
“My name might not be remembered 20 year from now, but to know at the 10 year anniversary I can come back,” Carter concluded, “‘You’ll remember all those times y’all used to get on me about me wearing my sweaters and ties all the time. You’ll have on those jogging suits. Now we have competition on who will be the best dressed.’”

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