By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
As Corinth High School student Tameron Patterson sat in his living room on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday, he said the civil rights leader impacted many lives.
King not only made a difference for African Americans but also brought people together, Patterson noted.
If King had not led the civil rights movement, the world would not be the way it is today, Patterson said. Many people look up to King for the legacy he left, he added.
Patterson, a junior, has grown up in a single-parent household since he was born and has achieved great academic and athletic success.
He attributes his success to many factors — God, family, wanting to be a good role model and putting in the extra work.
The 16-year-old has been an A and B student for many years and scored 23 touchdowns in the last football season, breaking a rushing record last season with 1,814 yards.
His mom, Tiffanie Patterson, only hears positive comments from his teachers and others about how respectful her son is.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also important to Tiffanie. She noted that African Americans have come a long way from “way back then” and that “means a lot.”
Tameron also demonstrates leadership abilities, saying he wants to set a good example for the younger people in his family. As he did this interview, his 2-year-old niece, Karleigh, played in the living room.
He knows the importance of having positive role models in his life, since he looks up to both of his hardworking and supportive parents. His two older brothers have also been influential in guiding his life. Patterson gives all the glory to God, who is the head of his life and always by his side.
He calls on God to help in hard times and says the Lord already knows what lies ahead in his life. Patterson understands that he may go through some tough times, but ultimately it is part of God’s plan to prepare him for the future.
Patterson looks to Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Without failure, Patterson said, people cannot have success. Patterson’s dream is to play football for the University of Alabama and go to the NFL, but he still places his school grades ahead of athletics.
Corinth High School is one of the best high schools and helps the students become college and career ready, Patterson added. It is important for him to do well in school and to be looked up to as a student athlete. If he does not have the grades, he realizes he cannot go to college to play football.
His dad has a saying he likes to share: “Good, better, best — Never let it rest until your good can be better than your best.”