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East Oktibbeha County Elementary sixth grader John Neal Jr. is a well-rounded student and this weekâ€™s academic all-star.
â€śThis is Johnâ€™s first year at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School but it did not take long for us to see what an asset he was for the student body,â€ť Principal Yolanda Magee said. â€śNot only is John intelligent, but he is also a very kind, considerate person.â€ť
John is a straight-A student who enjoys math class.
â€śMath is my favorite subject,â€ť John said. â€śI like to solve problems and see if I can get the right answers.â€ť
Even as a sixth grader, John already understands the value of his education.
â€śI want to learn to have a better education,â€ť John said. â€śWith a good education, I will be able to get a better job and make a good living.â€ť
â€śJohn sets an example for the other students. He is very conscientious about his school work,â€ť Magee said. â€śHe strives to be his best and gets along well with the other students.â€ť
In addition to academics, John also excels at sports like basketball and football. He is a member of his schoolâ€™s basketball team.
â€śI would love to be a football player or a basketball player when I grow up,â€ť he said. â€śIf that does not work out, I could do something that involved numbers.â€ť
John is the son of Tionaya Watt and John Neal, Sr.