Page Named Community Captain

The Carolina Panthers have selected Kenneth Page, a senior offensive lineman at A.C. Flora High School (Columbia, SC), as a 2007 Carolina Panthers Community Captain.

Rated as the state's top-rated offensive lineman by both and, Page has achieved a 3.8 grade-point average and is an active role model in his community.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes outstanding high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community. The Panthers encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.

Page (6-5, 290) has been team captain for two years whose versatility allows him to play either guard or tackle on either side of the offensive line, and though he is being recruited as an offensive lineman, he also starts on the defensive line. He was named a Nike 1st Team Underclassman All-American as a junior and has been selected as a US Army All-American Combine Second Team.

Page has received over 40 scholarship offers and has narrowed his list of potential schools down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee. A.C. Flora Head Football Coach Robin Bacon says Page is "probably in the same class as 2004 Parade All-American Leon Hart," who is a junior at Auburn.

While his play on the field has earned him much-deserved acclaim, Kenneth says that academics are most important to him. He posts a 3.8 GPA, is on the school's honor roll, and is currently a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. While every student-athlete wants to go to a winning program, when asked what is most important to him about choosing a college, the future finance major answers, "Academics first, winning second."

Page has an active record of community service. He travels to elementary and middle schools to talk to the students about working hard, staying out of trouble, and maintaining high character. He also provides guidance to younger students by serving as a school tutor. At his church, Kenneth assists with a children's Sunday school class and sings in his youth group choir that travels to nursing homes (particularly during the holiday season) to sing to the patients.

"I can't stress enough how Kenneth is simply one of the best kids you will ever meet," says Coach Bacon. "He is extremely smart, very humble, and treats everyone the same way. He is an outstanding football player and an outstanding young man."

Kenneth and the rest of the 2007 Carolina Panthers Community Captain class will be recognized at Bank of America Stadium during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers game on December 16th. Award recipients will receive an authentic Carolina Panthers Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players.

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