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Sanderson scholar-athlete counts Walter Payton as role model

Sanderson’s Emmanuel Jackson clears the last hurdle to win his heat of the boys 300 meter hurdles race. High School track teams converged upon Garner High School for the Wake County Track Championships in Garner, N.C. on April 11, 2015.
Sanderson’s Emmanuel Jackson clears the last hurdle to win his heat of the boys 300 meter hurdles race. High School track teams converged upon Garner High School for the Wake County Track Championships in Garner, N.C. on April 11, 2015. newsobserver.com

Emmanuel Jackson

Sanderson, Sr.

GPA: 4.54

Athletics: track and football

Favorite course: biology

Most important U.S. document: Emancipation Proclamation

World’s biggest problem: close mindedness

I was fascinated to learn: elephants are pregnant for 22 months.

Most inspiring teacher: Mrs. Ewing, honors biology freshman year. She encouraged me as a freshman to strive for my full potential and to not sell myself short.

A book that has had an impact on my life: Walter Payton’s biography. He is my role model.

It is hard to believe that we used to: legally discriminate based on skin color.

Who epitomizes what a good American should be: willingness to serve the less fortunate

Favorite childhood toy: Robo-sapien

Is time travel possible? It is somewhere.

My favorite charity: Habitat for Humanity

Whose life inspires you: Andrew Carnegie

Ideal guest list: President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington

Something that you enjoy that would surprise people: I enjoy drawing comic books.

I wish I had been there for: the Harlem Renaissance.

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