By Kelly Legg,

Nick Graham is striving for excellence, which is no surprise to those that know him. A senior this year at East Bay High School in Gibsonton, Graham is busy juggling his academic schedule with his extra-curricular activities, family life, spiritual life and work.

Graham currently works at Publix, holds a weighted GPA of 4.8 and is a member of the Senior Class Steering Committee, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Baseball Club. In addition, Graham is regarded as an outstanding baseball player on the varsity baseball team at East Bay and is a duel-enrolled student where he is taking college courses along with his high school courses. Graham is also an active member in the youth group at his church, South Shore United Methodist. This would seem like a full load to the average person, but Graham is keeping himself in check every step of the way.

“The biggest obstacle is my constant battle within myself to overcome my own laziness because that only limits myself,” said Graham. “I have really had to work at trying my best so I can achieve my full potential.”

After his graduation, Graham plans on attending Florida Atlantic University to pursue a double major in Ocean Engineering and Biophysics with intent on pursuing a master’s degree in either subject field.

“After college I would like to become in officer in the United States Navy or Marine corps,” said Graham. “Post-military I want to gain more experience in Ocean Engineering and hopefully open my own Engineering firm.”

Graham credits part of his success to the people who have influenced him along his journey including his calculus teacher, Kevin Hughes, AP world history teacher, Dale Hueber and physics teacher, Samanthia Long, as well as Chris Newcomb, John Legg, Chris Haden and his parents, Mark and Sally Graham.

“We are proud of Nick for the way he is preparing himself for his next level,” said his mother, Sally. “It’s rewarding to see him not only work hard academically but think through where he needs to be spiritually, emotionally and physically.”

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.