Clark Oral and Facial Surgery’s Student of the Week highlights accomplishments by the city’s outstanding high school students.
Each week, one student from each high school is chosen by their principal to be featured for achievements including citizenship, volunteerism, leadership, academics, and much more.
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Southern Oral and Facial Surgery’s Student of the Week highlights accomplishments by the city’s outstanding high school students.
One student from Independence or Summit is chosen each week. Each student honoree is chosen by his or her principal to be featured for achievements including citizenship, volunteerism, leadership, academics and much more.
Summit High School – Marqus McDermott
Despite spending about two months in the hospital battling meningitis, Summit High School senior Marqus McDermott has persevered throughout the remainder of the school year and now has Belmont University in his sights after graduation.
The 18-year-old is an AP and honors student at Summit and the leader of the trumpet section for the Spartan band.
He is passionate about music, his faith and just being an all-around good person. He moved to Williamson County about six years ago from West Virginia, and the transition has been extremely positive.
“There I was scared to say anything, I was scared to express myself,” he said. “Here, teachers care for you more than just as a student. They don’t just say, oh that person’s an ‘A,’ that person’s a ‘B,’ that person’s a ‘C.’ Every school system could learn from Williamson County.”
Back around Thanksgiving break, McDermott began feeling very sick. Doctors originally thought it was the flu, but McDermott said he was severely dizzy and couldn’t even get up and walk.
“I don’t remember anything,” he said. “I remember just laying down on the couch, closing my eyes for a nap on Tuesday and I don’t remember anything else – except I remember opening my eyes and not being able to control my body, my movements or my speech, but just being able to see. I saw my friends like all around me, and my family.”
Since then, McDermott has worked hard both to recover and to get caught up in school, and all he has left to get to that point are two assignments.
He said his bout with meningitis truly has changed his life, and that it was a humbling experience to have so many people rally around him.
“There were people whom I didn’t even know I made an impact on their life. They’re people who I’ve become really good friends with now. And even that, it’s made me more humble. I remember I was always the guy if someone needed help, I would be there. It really made me take a few seconds, and really just rely on people.
“There’s a phrase in one of my poems, ‘they want to see the best you make a break-through.’ I live by that now. I’m getting to where I can help more people again, but it’s really humbled me just where all of these people, an entire school – if it wasn’t a prayer, if they weren’t religious it was at least a thought, and I think that’s insane.”
Next fall, McDermott hopes to attend Belmont to study commercial music in order to become a professional musician. Right now, his favorite classes are chorale and band, because not only do they allow him to practice his passion, but to be surrounded by his second family.
“Marqus is an extremely hard worker at Summit High School,” said SHS Principal Sarah Lamb. “He is a leader in our school and a great example of a Spartan. The school is lucky to have him on our team to show younger students how to live life to the fullest.”
His role model is his mom when it comes to his faith. For music, he said his entire choir class, including his teacher Jenna Elsberry, all inspire him.
His family includes one older sister and parents Carla and Kenneth McDermott.