Described by his peers as a great leader, West Ashley High School senior Anthony Nelson is always willing to go above and beyond to help others and to do the right thing. When asked what he thinks of being named April’s Student of the Month, Nelson says, “It is really cool, it makes me happy and proud, and it makes me want to sing.” Among his favorite songs to sing when he’s happy is “I’mma Be” by The Black Eyed Peas.
Nelson is a hard worker no matter what the task. “Anthony is a leader in my classroom. He is always ready for the next learning task, and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need without asking,” says WAHS teacher Heather Acrey. “During all of his classes and lessons, Anthony is attentive and sets a positive example for others in our class! When he is given a task to complete independently, he does so responsibly and respectfully.”

“I’ve made a lot of friends here and I’ve been in some really fun classes like P.E. and music,” says Nelson of his time at WAHS. It is that kind of enthusiasm that has made him popular among faculty and students alike.
Ask almost anyone about him and they will probably say the same thing — Nelson is always smiling, always happy, and always willing to lend a hand. “Who am I going to get to be the leader in our class when you graduate?” Acrey asks Nelson. “Do you think I’m going to cry when you walk across that stage?” Nelson nods. “You’re right. I’m probably

going to cry a lot.” Acrey knows that students like Nelson come along only so often in a teacher’s career and leave quite an impression long after they’re gone.
Not only is Nelson a great leader and student at WAHS, he’s also very involved with the community. He serves as an usher and sings in the choir at his church, he often times goes with his class to work at the Palmetto Goodwill near the high school, and recently volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Nelson is excited to see what the future holds after graduation and hopes to one day have a job at a place like Goodwill, where he could continue to help others.

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