Brandon Andrew Parker, a South Gwinnett senior, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Brent Lanier Soccer Memorial Scholarship.
Brandon is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Parker of Snellville, Ga. He is an outstanding young man, student, and athlete. Brandon’s teachers and coaches have described him as a “leader” on and off the field.
Soccer has been a very important part of Brandon’s life for the last ten years. Brandon refers to soccer as “ the Beautiful Game”. He began playing soccer at the age of eight years old at Briscoe Park. He moved up to travel teams and club teams. He played for Liberty S.C. in Snellville. Brandon had the honor of being the team captain on several teams.
Brandon has played varsity soccer while at South Gwinnett all four years. He has been honored by winning numerous awards. In 2014, Brandon was awarded the Scholar Athlete and Coach’s Award. In 2015, he won the Scholar Athlete and Most Valuable Player Award. In 2016, Brandon won the MVP Award again. This year, Brandon won the Coaches Award.
Brandon will be attending Georgia Southern University in the fall. He will be majoring in Criminal Justice. His professional goal is to go into law enforcement and eventually become a Special Investigator with the F.B.I.
In 2002, the Brent Lanier Memorial Soccer Scholarship was created in loving memory of Anson Brent Lanier. Brent graduated from South Gwinnett in 1996 as an outstanding athlete and student. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Brent is greatly missed by his parents, Don and Debbie, his family and many friends.
The scholarship was set up in Brent’s memory to honor him. The scholarship is given annually to a deserving South Gwinnett senior to assist him or her in pursuing their education. This is the sixteenth scholarship to be given.
Brandon Park will very ably represent the honor of Brent’s scholarship.