Community Captains Nominee: LaMarcus Jenkins

The Hertford County High School Bear Achievement Award is given to the Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County student who exemplifies leadership in the classroom, community and playing field. Therefore, it comes as no surprised that the current Bear Achievement Award holder, Lemarcus Jenkins, is a nominee for the Carolina Panthers Community Captains program.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captains program will honor student-athletes that have exhibited outstanding leadership on the football field, in the classroom and in their communities. The first Community Captain will be announced on September 10th.

"It would mean a lot to have both," said Jenkins. "It would [further] prove that I don't just excel on the [football] field."

Jenkins has always excelled in the classroom as he currently maintains a 3.0 grade point at average. He has been named to the Roanoke-Chowan All-Academic Team and "Who's Who Among American High School Students."

At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Jenkins is obviously a force on the football field. On Hertford County's football team he's a dominating defensive tackle and tight end, who's primarily used as a blocker.

In the off-season, Jenkins uses his neighborhood fame and football knowledge while volunteering with the Baby Bear Summer Youth Football Camps.

"I've been involved with that since I've been in high school," said Jenkins. "I help out with the little kids because they look up to us since we play football. I coach in the league."

Jenkins has also participated in other community activities, such as neighborhood clean-up, and faith-based community youth recreational sports.

Home is where Jenkins receives guidance and support in all three areas.

"My parents have always told me to keep my grades up and all," said Jenkins. "They have always encouraged me to do well and to give to the community."

For his accomplishments, Jenkins has the attention of regional college coaching staffs.

"[Recruiting] is going good," said Jenkins. "I don't have any offers yet, but a lot of schools are showing interest in me."

North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Auburn, East Carolina, Maryland, Penn State, and Clemson are among the schools recruiting Jenkins the hardest.

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