Coaches and teachers say Tyree Giles is a leader on the basketball court and in the classroom.
Giles, 18, was among the 207 students who graduated Saturday from Francis Scott Key High School. A point guard for the Eagles basketball team, Giles said he plans to attend Frostburg State University in the fall where he will major in mass communications focusing on video production and try out for the college's basketball team.
"For the past four years, Tyree has meant everything to the basketball program," said Ryan Kimble, FSK basketball coach and social studies teacher. "He's a quiet young man but his leadership speaks volumes. Other kids in the program follow him and over the last couple of years, our program has turned from one of the bottom teams in the county to being a respectable team."
Kimble said Giles spends extra time in the gym shooting to continually up his game.
"He constantly keeps a basketball in his hand," Kimble said. "He is just the greatest kid. His spirit and will is constant positive energy. There's a lot of negative forces in high school and he's such a positive leader."
Brian Chaapel, a school counselor at FSK, said Giles has a great drive and commitment to be successful.
"One of the most outstanding things about him is his leadership ability. He was a captain on the basketball team and he takes one of the most rigorous class schedules here," Chaapel said. "He has excelled in all the forums that high school has to offer."
Giles' mother Samaria Giles said teachers have always told her that her son would achieve a lot in life.
"He's always been really smart and a go-getter," she said. "He likes to be challenged academically. He started taking Advanced Placement classes his sophomore year."
When he's not on the court, Giles is behind the camera.
"In eighth grade, the Career and Technology Center gave a presentation on video production, and it made me want to go down that path," Giles said.
He attended classes at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center for two years to supplement his education at FSK.
"The classes that I took gave me basic info I needed to know," he said. "I took a different variety of classes to let me get a feel for everything."
Giles has also created an instructional video for the Carroll County Public Schools website.
"The video is to help students cope in lock-down situation. We wrote our own script and shot it at three schools [Century, Liberty and FSK]. I do behind the camera work and voice-overs," he said.
Tony Hooper, a video production teacher at Tech Center, said he looks forward to seeing what Giles does in the future.
"He has amazing abilities," said Hooper. "Tyree is definitely all around a great kid. He has amazing creativity and dedication to everything he does."
Francis Scott Key High School Class of 2015:
207 students graduated
67 percent are college-bound
32 percent are work-bound
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1 percent are military-bound