Youth to Watch: Jason Holliday Jr.
Every year, The Drum presents individuals who our readers need to watch and take note of. For 2017, we begin with youth to watch. Because of their leadership skills, gifts, talents, and personality, twelve Louisiana youth have been selected as Youth to Watch in 2017. “These youth show exceptional character and work ethics. They have vision and ability to be successful with excellence.”
Meet: Jason Holliday Jr., 17
Brusly High School
Parents: Jason Holliday Sr. and Ledidra Carter
College and career choice: I am currently undecided about what college I want to attend. I want to become a professional football player or professional basketball player.
Biggest accomplishments: Being selected as 1st Team All District Basketball, 1st Team All District Football, and All-State Athlete for 2016-2017.
I was named WAFB’s player of the week last month! I was selected to represent Louisiana in the EPS Texas vs. Louisiana Bowl being played at the AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas, as well as selected by Louisiana High School Athletic Association to play in the Red Stick Bowl in Baton Rouge. I have been playing sports since the age of four and I attend the AAU Junior Olympics in track and field on the 4×1 relay team for Eagles Wing Track Club in 2009.
I also attended the ESPN World Wide of Sports AAU basketball national championship in Orlando, Florida with the AAU team Tarheels Select. We won the championship in 2012. I returned to the national championship in Las Vegas with another AAU team, Elfrid Payton Elite Basketball team 2013.
Life aspirations: I want to be a professional athlete. I want to give back to the people who helped me and kids who look up to me, be a positive role model.
What is your motto, core belief, or favorite quote? My motto is, “Go hard or go home!” I believe that there is always someone out there as hungry for success as I am and willing to work as hard as I do, so that makes me work even harder.
Mentors? My mentors are my mother and Coach Marc Brown, they both push me to be the best I can be in whatever I do and never let anyone tell me that I CAN’T do something!
Goals for 2017: To graduate from high school and sign a full scholarship to the school of my choice.
What are you reading? “The Mind of Champions” by Jim Afremow
What music are you listening to? Rap, Hip Hop, and R & B.
Hobbies: Play basketball and football and video games.