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I think it’s an honorable calling for any citizen to be a public servant… HOLDEN McLEMORE College Student, WFHS Graduate

In addition to Akridge’s mentoring, McLemore credits his success to several others: His mother helped him understand the importance of educating himself on both sides of an issue before arguing any point; his father instilled in him a strong work ethic and taught him the value of teamwork; and WFHS teacher Laurie Hartman challenged him to be better every day. “But, along the way, so many people have inspired

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me, from teachers and advisors to coaches and youth pastors,” he said. Lisa McLemore knows that her son’s desire to serve and be involved at the community level is genuine. “It’s a passion that

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no one could put in him, and no one can take out of his life,” she said. “He has achieved so much and has worked hard for everything he has wanted. His father and I are thankful to be a part of his life.”

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