18, Senior at Murphy High School, Mobile, Alabama
Top 15 percent of graduating class
2014 Teen Focus GoDaddy Bowl Scholarship Winner
Has served over 300 hours of community service
“Seven years ago, I attended a Team Focus Camp where Coach Mike Gottfried taught me that not having the experiences that come with growing up in a two-parent home does not make me any less of a person or a young man because I have real power: knowledge.”
How it Began
When Paris was little, he wanted to be a Power Ranger, and as he grew up, he realized he could be one if he became an actor. He made his stage debut as one of the Wise Men in his church Christmas play and has since taken part in Mobile’s Playhouse in the Park and has been featured in short films, on Broadway and in other productions. As a participant in the Trumbauer Theater Festival, Paris was named a State Finalist and was chosen out of 100 other male actors to receive the “Best Actor” award.
At school, Paris is involved in the Advanced Drama Club, Advanced Chorus, Renaissance Arts Club, Mobile County Public School System’s “On the Move” Teen News and the Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of school, he is the President of the Flava ENT Arts Club and a member of the Mobile Kappa Leadership Development League, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Mobile Writer’s Guild.
As a writer, Paris has published a poem and short story and was accepted into the University of Alabama’s “Multicultural Journalism Workshop”.
Paris was recently interviewed by Harvard University admissions and plans to pursue a career as a newscaster while keeping his dream of becoming a professional actor as a backup plan.
PG (Parental Guidance) Rating
Sportscaster and former football coach Mike Gottfried has been a positive father figure for Paris and has given him the self-confidence he needed to become successful. He is “a mentor and, most importantly, he’s a friend.”
Paris’ mother Beverly advises other parents to lay the foundation for success. “Set the groundwork and encourage your children to be the best they can be. Allow them to make mistakes,” said Beverly. Then they’ll be able to make wiser decisions in the future.
“Paris is a responsible young man who enjoys helping others. He is always respectful and polite and willing to give others a helping hand,” Beverly said. “I made sure that he had a chance to partake in sports, music, theater and educational programs. I have always wanted to make sure that Paris was involved in positive activities during and after school.”