Hill: Rewriting the Southeast

Marcus Hill

By Marcus Hill
The Southeast Express

So I won’t give you a rundown of what I deem accomplishments in my life, I’ll simply get to the gist of what you desire to know.

Yes, I was an “athlete” in high school, but I’m not about to make an effort to convince you I was the next (insert any dominant player you’d like) at all.

I made it to state in track and field my senior year at Harrison High School (class of 2008, let’s go!), and John Wingo, Ray Hart, Rapheal Jones and I managed a sixth-place finish in the 4×100 relay team. Now, I didn’t say that to brag (is sixth place bragging, anyway?); I say it to illustrate that I remember how my whole perspective changed my senior year.

A kid seeing their name in print does wonders for the psyche and creates a paradigm shift to let them know people recognize their work.

I saw my name in the paper prior to track and field season and I felt like a superstar. You couldn’t tell me otherwise, and no one could convince me I wasn’t the fastest kid in the state.

Now, in retrospect, I understand that clearly wasn’t true, but I recognize the profound effect it had on me. A kid seeing their name in print does wonders for the psyche and creates a paradigm shift to let them know people recognize their work. As long as nothing crazy is attached to their name, of course.

But it’s important to give praise to those who work hard, and I hope to provide that opportunity to the athletes and many others in this community.

I’ve been in the journalism game for nearly eight years and have covered pretty much the gamut of high school sports … and a myriad of topics outside my comfort zone. That includes: baseball, softball, swimming, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, rodeo, fiber festivals, water festivals, mutton bustin’, etc.

Those experiences and stories converted me into the person I am today, as well as shaped the potential I see for a story in almost all aspects of this community. Southeast has plenty of positive stories waiting to be told, and I am eager to find those and bring them to light.

Many kids from our community are talented and overcome more obstacles than a level in “Super Mario Maker 2.” We want to allow those youths, as well as adults, to have their voices heard, and I hope to be a large part of that process.

If you have stories you believe need to be heard, contact us and we’ll do our best to get those out for the world to see.

It’s amazing how a few words can change a life. I look forward to doing that in a positive manner.

Contact Marcus Hill at newsroom@southeastexpress.org, or follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @MarcusLHill.

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