I have never made any qualms about the fact that I am partial to Warner Robins High School, and today I am not making any qualms over the fact that I am partial to one of the 2013 graduates.
But if you want an example of the quality young adult that is a product of Warner Robins High School, or the Houston County school system, then look no farther than Brianna Russ.
Russ loves Warner Robins High School, but she really had no choice in that matter.
She is the third generation of her family to attend Warner Robins High, so her love for the school was probably genetically programmed.
It is not only her deep love of the school that makes Russ stand out, but also her devotion to the school and to the ideals that Warner Robins High School promotes.
She made a promise to her parents when she entered Warner Robins High School that she would graduate as a four-year academic letterman. At Senior Honors Night, Russ made good on that promise. She will walk across the stage with an honor graduate sash around her neck.
Russ is an active member of the Future Farmers of America and served as vice president this year. She worked for weeks planning the FFA Week activities at the school, and her efforts were rewarded when Warner Robins High was selected as the FFA Week winner at the area awards ceremony.
Russ has been involved in other activities at the school, including drama and football. Shes not a player, but Russ is the young woman who goes up and down the sidelines taking pictures of the Demons during the games. Her photos are posted online at www.robinsfootball.com.
And, yes, she is a beautiful girl, but Russ beauty isnt what you first notice about her. It is her inward beauty that shines though -- her happy and giving spirit, her willingness to do work without needing credit and her acceptance and kindness.
Russ loves her school, her classmates and her teachers. They all love her back. She made good grades and was actively involved in the schools extracurricular activities. As I tell her all the time, to me she is Warner Robins High School.
The school will lose a real asset when Russ walks across that stage to collect her diploma. Heres betting that she will be just as involved with the school as an alumni.