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Coleman Grider, a graduate of Hazel Green High School and sophomore at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., encouraged local youth while on Thanksgiving holiday last week.
He gave presentations to a Boy Scout Troop, Hazel Green High School, Columbia High School, Huntsville, Meridianville School and Madison County High School.
In his presentations to the younger students, Coleman encouraged them to set themselves up for success, so that they would have a good foundation.
To the older students, he carried a similar message, but urged them to focus on college and also on character.
“It’s not just about school work, but to develop yourself as a better person,” Coleman explained.
He said he was glad that he got the opportunity to put out the word about West Point and to positively represent the academy. He said hopefully he will generate even more interest in it.
Coleman stated that West Point opens him up to opportunities that he wouldn’t have at other colleges.
Coleman is a systems engineer major, and he also plays travels with a handball team. So far, the team has traveled to California, Canada, Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina.
Coleman is the son of Rodger Grider, Jr., and Pam Carroll Grider of Hazel Green and the grandson of Rodger Grider, Sr., and Carol Grider and Marvin and Becky Carroll of Mulberry and the late Pate Carroll. Coleman has a younger brother, Hunter, a senior at Hazel Green High School.