Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and Legal Services of Alabama, will highlight and recognize Rising Star Character Students of the Month from each school in the district during the 2022-2023 school year. Each month, two to three students will be highlighted in this series.

The first recipient of the inaugural Tuscaloosa City School's Rising Star Character Student of the Month for Northridge High School is John Walker.

Walker, a junior, is a member of the Northridge Jaguar's basketball team and is a part of Northridge's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where he assists with organizing meetings for the organization.

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Walker was honored with a plaque and a gift certificate to Whataburger Tuesday morning during his anatomy class. He said he was surprised, yet honored to receive the recognition.

"This is surprising to me," Walker said. "I was not ready for this. I'm very honored to receive this. I'm happy that people think that I'm a good person and student."

Walker said demonstrating good character is something that he strives to do while being involved throughout the Northridge community.

"Our coaches always tell us that we need to give it our all in the classroom, on the court and in everything, just always give your best and that's what I try to do every day in the classroom and on the court," Walker said.

Walker plans to attend college after graduating, where he will study medicine or engineering.

Walker challenges other students to demonstrate good character and give their best in all they strive to accomplish.

"If you give your best, you can do anything great," Walker said. "If you try to help others, they'll look up to you as a leader."

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for highlights of the second student of character for the month of September, as well as future announcements in this series.

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