2017 Best & Brightest Finalist: Jason A. Weaver

Academy of Richmond County

Jason Weaver is among the 20 finalists for The Augusta Chronicle’s 2017 Best & Brightest award. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF

School activities: Beta Club, varsity basketball; Rho Kappa History Honor Society; ARC Golden R Honor Society; Youth Leadership Augusta; SAT Scholar.


Awards and honors: Dual Enrollment Scholar; Dean’s List (Augusta Technical College); A/B honor roll; Rigor Award Recognition; Volunteer Award Recognition; basketball All Region first team Class AAAA.

Community activities: EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) lead member; Steps 2 Success volunteer; Augusta University Medical Center volunteer; Augusta Tech Barbering Department free haircut event at Bon Air Apartments; Fielding Spring Baptist Church choir member and usher; volunteer at Ironman 70.3.

College/career: Will attend Georgia Southwestern State University on a basketball scholarship.

Of note: Was the 2017 Homecoming King and has earned a barbering license from Augusta Technical College.

From his essay: “Be self-sufficient. It is the only way to ensure escaping the clutches of poverty. I want to be known as that person – someone who can take care of himself and his family.”

Nominator’s note: “I have known Jason eight years. During that time, I have observed many of the outstanding qualities he possesses. He is cooperative, pleasant, ethically and morally an outstanding young man. Jason is extremely loyal and mature. He is proactive and takes the initiative to take care of responsibilities required of him; he also welcomes the opportunity to lead others toward a common goal.” — Steve Nobles, ARC head basketball coach.