Fields leads Southern on and off field
As a rising freshman at Southern Vance, Stanton Fields received some extra motivation to succeed in the classroom from his mother, Annie.
“My dream car is to get a Mustang,” said Stanton Fields. “And she said, if you get a 4.0 GPA by the time you graduate, she would give me a graduation Mustang and it would be hanging outside at graduation. So I got a 4.45.”
That GPA, along with a demonstrated ability to lead, earned Fields a spot in the NFL High School Player Development Leadership Program presented by the National Guard and hosted by the Carolina Panthers.
Fields, now a senior linebacker on the Raider football team, was one of 40 students on hand for the Bank of America Stadium event Aug. 6 and one of 700 high school athletes nationwide selected from a pool of 1.6 million. He was nominated by principal Stephanie Ayscue and Sylvia Raye, the site manager for the June NFL HSPD Development camp at Southern.
Fields went through a leadership course in Charlotte before participating in a community service project, making gift bags for spouses of Army members.
“You had to take charge,” Fields said of the course. “And that’s what they wanted — to take charge in any given situation and try to make the best of it.”
Fields had prior hands-on leadership experience at Southern, serving as a peer tutor for his football teammates.
Raiders’ head coach Lewis Young said Fields’ academic guidance had an immediate impact on the team.
Fields has been named a defensive captain in his second season on varsity,
“He does the same thing in the classroom,” said Raiders’ head coach Lewis Young. “Being a leader, he follows instructions and works hard. I think that’s why he has such a high GPA.”
“He knows how to lead,” Young added. “He’s like a coach on the field.”
Fields, third in his class, hopes to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Playing college football would be nice, he said, but he’s more focused on chasing his dream of becoming a surgeon.
“You have to go in with a can-do attitude,” said Fields. “You can’t doubt yourself. You have to make yourself believe that you can do it.”
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