Devin North, a 12-year-old 6th grader at Lead Academy Middle School, said he’s all about sports, school and going to church on Sundays.
“Sports have impacted me by keeping me busy and not being on the streets and helping me become athletic,” he said. “Church has impacted me by letting me accept Jesus and God and even when times get hard I can prevail through them by just praying.”
Devin goes to West End Community Church and said what he likes most are the people, the pastor, and their Sunday school classrooms.
Originally from Nashville, he lives on the west side of town in the Preston Taylor neighborhood.
“the GOOD and NOT the BAD”
Devin recently won the 6th grade Ethos Award for discipline at Lead Academy Middle School. An Ethos Award is an accolade given to a student in each grade in different categories ranging from discipline to leadership and teamwork.
“It feels great to be recognized for something like this and that people know me by my good personality.”
Along with winning an Ethos Award and having perfect attendance at school, Devin also received Youth of the Year at the Preston Taylor chapter Boys and Girls Club.
“I’ve been going there for about seven years helping kids younger than me with their homework and helping around with the adults,” he said. “I want to be recognized for the good and not the bad.”
Honored to accept the award, he said he was shocked when he first found out he had won.
“There are many other people there who deserve that award but they chose me and I am thankful for it,” he said.
A big fan of football and baseball, Devin said his favorite teams are the Baltimore Orioles and the Titans. When he’s passing the pigskin he’s usually the quarterback, and when he’s on the diamond, he plays third base or left field.
“Sports are a good way to build character on a team. Being a team leader shows other people how to become great and be a good role model.”
He said through sports he’s able to see if he wants to go to college to pursue it or eventually do something else.
Don’t get him wrong, he loves his sports, but Devin also stated that there are other things that are better.
“You can be a veterinarian, a doctor, an environmental attorney and other things,” he said. He admitted he had been thinking about becoming an environmental attorney one day.
“I like to argue my points,” he said. “I love studying nature and I love science too.”
Interested in learning about animals, the universe and genetics as well, Devin wants to go to either the University of Oregon or Notre Dame University for college.
Devin said over the past few years, he’s seen Nashville become more crowded.
“I went downtown for the [July 4th] fireworks and I couldn’t see anything anymore. We used to go to a hotel and see it clear before the buildings. I just think, ‘Man, what’s happening?’”
Devin said he’s concerned about the city becoming overpopulated and traffic becoming worse.
“I love Nashville, but I think they need to quit constructing so much and focus on things like the homeless. The homeless need someone by their side. They might have nothing or just a little bit and all they need is love and someone to help them.”
He said a community is a place where people live with their families, where people are there for each other and where people help one another.
Devin said some of his other concerns are about what’s going on in the world, like the terrorist attacks in Paris and who’s going to be the next president.
“I want a good president,” he said. “It’s bad for people around the world. Why do they do the things they do? Why do they hate the people over there? We’re supposed to love and not hate.”
Devin said his community has taught him how to be a good team player, how to be a role model and a team player and a good big brother.
“I have a little brother. He’s six and he goes to Sylvan Park Elementary. He’s annoying at times but, he’s cool to have around.”
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