We Are APS: Neco McClure

Neco Tremayne McClure, 17, is known around campus as the funny guy. He graced the hallways of Carver Early College High School with tons of personality. Connecting with people has always come easy for Neco. He carries a natural ability to influence.

A member of the varsity baseball team, Neco also participates in “The Ambassadors” travel team, which has allowed him to experience many different places.

“The world diversifies once you see it,” said Neco, reminiscing on all his travels.

Adversity had its role in Neco’s life. His father was murdered when he was 11 years old, leaving his mother as a single parent of five children.

“I am striving to change the dynamic of my family,” Neco said. Next fall, he will matriculate at Savannah State University as the first-generation college student in his family.

He knows struggle, but also knows there is something better to come. Though he struggled with being off track in his first couple of years, a few of his favorite teachers at Carver Early College saw his potential and were willing to invest in it.

His childhood dreams of becoming a dolphin trainer flourished when his class visited the Georgia Aquarium. It was there that that he was able to talk to the dolphin trainer, who told him she went to school for marine biology.

Neco has plans to follow a similar path, studying marine biology. He also plans to join the military.

He leaves his classmates with these words: “If you want to better yourself, stay focused on what you’re doing, and keep your eye on what you want to do.”

College/UniversitySavannah State University
Intended MajorMarine Biology
Career GoalsMilitary and Dolphin Trainer
Awards/RecognitionVarsity Baseball

Atlanta Public Schools will host high school commencement exercises Saturday, May 18 – Friday, May 24, 2019. All ceremonies — except Atlanta Classical Academy and Charles R. Drew Charter School — will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology, McCamish Pavilion,965 Fowler Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information on commencement exercises, go to http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/gradnation.

We Are APS highlights APS visionaries (parents, students, teachers, principals, support staff, community members, partners, etc.), who exemplify our vision of a high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators inspire, families engage, and the community trusts the system. To recommend an APS visionary for a We Are APS feature, contact your communications liaison or email apscommunicationsoffice@gmail.com.

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