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Chattooga Student Athlete Spotlight: Makiya Parrish

This student athlete spotlight is brought to you by Jim Aaron’s Summerville McDonalds features Chattooga High School Lady Indians junior basketball player, Makiya Parrish.

Parrish is 17 years old, maintains a 4.0 GPA and plays guard, shooting guard and power forward.

She has been playing basketball for 11 years and wears jersey #31.

Season stats:

16.4 ppg
2.3 stls
6 rebs
2 ast

“MaKiya has had a real impact on our team since her return. She’s provided an offensive spark when we’ve needed it, she’s had a few games in which she led the team in rebounds. In another, she led the team in assists; she’s capable of contributing in every phase of the game,” Alvah Beasley, Chattooga Lady Indians head coach said.

AOG: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your coach?
Parrish: That the only person in your way from being successful is yourself.

AOG: What do you want to do after high school?
Parrish: Play college basketball and be a behavioral therapist.

AOG: What’s been your biggest accomplishment in sports?
Parrish: My attitude. having a more positive attitude on the court.

AOG: Do you play any other sports?
Parrish: No, growing up I cheered and competed. Around 11 years old, I wanted to solely focus on basketball.

AOG: What are your goals this season and for your high school career?
Parrish: To score 1,000 points and win the region championship.

AOG: Who is your role model and why?
Parrish: My mom is my role model because she has taught me to hold myself accountable and push through adversity everyday that I wake up, I have a chance and a choice.

AOG: What’s the best thing about your teammates?
Parrish: That even though we have our ups and downs, our disagreements, we push through and get the job done when it comes game time. We are a family, a sisterhood, when we step on a basketball court, any gym is our home.

AOG: Favorite class, favorite teacher?
Parrish: My favorite class would have to be Spanish.
My favorite teacher would have to me my 9th grade ELA teacher, Ms. Arden.

AOG: In your spare time away from school and basketball what do you enjoy doing?
Parrish: I enjoy just being with family.

AOG: What is your favorite food?
Parrish: Chinese and Mexican food.

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