Southwood's defensive end Emmanuel Bass is a young man of many talents.
He does well in the classroom and also mentor's the younger students around his high school.
Emmanuel's teammates call him Big Easy, he's a 6 foot 2, 243 pound senior defensive end and he's one of the leaders on the Southwood football team.
His life hasn't always been easy like his nickname, he's had up's and downs off the field and on the field his team went on a 17 game winless drought.
"Before the Fairpark game this season the last time we won a game was my sophomore year against North Desoto," said Bass.
Bass is not just a solid football player, he's a solid student and recently started his own photography business.
"My cousin loaded me his camera and I started taking pictures, I recently bough my own camera and it's taken off from there. It's homecoming season and I've been having back to back shoots so I'm making good money now," said Bass.
He's also apart of the newly instituted Southwood Mentorship program.
"The gist of it is to get students to help students," said the Program Director Jonathan Mitchell. "We have teachers that are here everyday all day by obligation so to actually get help to the teachers, we try have some of our older and more commendable students to help the younger students with educational activities. They will also help with conflict resolution. Maybe if a child has a problem at home he may not want to go to a teacher, instead he can go to a peer."
This program is near and dear to Emmanuel's heart. He says it's programs the Southwood mentorship program, reminds him of his middle school Walnut Hill.
"Everybody knows about Walnut hill is the best school ever," said Bass.
Emmanuel's former principal Albert Hardison has enjoyed his 36 years at Walnut Hill.
Mr. Hardison had such an impact on Emmanuel that he and his friends decided to raise money to purchase a scoreboard for Walnut Hill middle school.
"I started a gofundme account and raised about $500 and on Southwood's senior night I donated the check to Mr. Hardison," said Bass.
""It's about family, we have about 25 former students who are now teaching here and the thousands of students who have gone on they come back and they say thank you to this great faculity," said Hardison. "
"I think it's awesome, for him to do that and get it together and raise the money like that, I thought it was awesome," said Emmanuel's mother Valerie Bass.
"He has never forgotten Walnut Hill as his village, they helped raise him because without them it would have been hard for us," said his grandmother Betty Bass.
"I'll come back, everybody misses Walnut Hill," said Emmanuel Bass.
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