Meet Jackson Lazenby! Jackson is a senior at North Hall High School and will attend Young Harris College in the fall and run cross country. We want to congratulate Jackson and his family on his upcoming graduation and best wishes in the future.

Question: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Answer: “I’m the oldest of four children. I have two younger sisters and a younger brother. My parents are in their 20th year of marriage and I am blessed to have both sets of grandparents.”

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: “I look forward to attending Young Harris College to run cross country. I was fortunate enough to be awarded an academic and athletic scholarship.”

Q: What are two of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: “My favorite local restaurants are Mellow Mushroom and Luna’s. I really love pizza and Mellow Mushroom has great pizza. The fried Jamaican chicken at Luna’s is really good.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “My parents had plans to take me on a senior trip to Portugal this summer. I really look forward to quarantine being over so we can go and get to experience the different cultures and interesting food.”

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: “‘Stranger Things ‘ and ‘The Office’ would be at the top of the list. ‘Limitless’ and ‘The Sure Thing’ are two great movies as well.”

Q: If you were asked to give advice to your senior class and the younger students at your school, what would you say?
A: “Live in each moment and value it because time flies. Find something you love and put everything into it because you will get a return on your hard work one way or another.”

Q: If you were able to be cast as yourself into a television show or series, what show would you want to be in?
A: “‘Stranger Things’ because it would be cool to be part of a show set in the 80s.”

Q: If you could choose anyone to have lunch with, who would you choose? Why? And where, locally, would you meet for this lunch?
A: “I would choose lunch with Steve Prefontaine. I know he passed away years ago, but running has never been more big and more significant than when Steve Prefontaine was in his prime. I would probably choose to eat at Mellow Mushroom with Prefontaine as it seems to fit his taste and personality well.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about our community?
A: “I think Hall County offers so much, it’s a great size and the people always seem welcoming. There are many attractions like Lake Lanier, the mountains and its location only an hour away from Atlanta.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?
A: “In five years I hope to be in graduate school. In 10 years I would like to be well on my way to establishing my career.”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would say my bucket list revolves mostly around traveling. I’ve visited three continents, and I would like to touch them all.”

Q: What is your go to band / singer when you cant decide what to listen to?
A: “It would probably be Post Malone or Rex Orange County. Frank Ocean is up there, too.”

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
A: “I would say August because school starts back up and cross country season has its first meet during that month. My favorite holiday is probably Christmas because it brings the whole family together and there’s always good food. One of the best days always seems to be the first day of spring break.”

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A: “Spending a sunny day at the beach with my friends while listening to music.”

Q: What is something you want to do as soon as this pandemic is finished?
A: “I want to hang out with my friends, go eat somewhere nice and relax in a crowd at a concert or movie.”

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: “My parents definitely set a great example for me. I would also say my coaches and teammates have helped push me to become a much better runner and teammate.”