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Star basketball player shines off court
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
June 04, 2014 01:47 PM | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lithia Springs graduating basketball player Myles Howard is also an honor student.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lithia Springs graduating basketball player Myles Howard is also an honor student.
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As Lithia Springs graduate Myles Howard reflects on his past four years representing the school in the classroom, the basketball court and in the Douglas County community, he takes pride in what he’s accomplished.

“It was an honor playing for Lithia Springs and I had fun during my entire time at the school,” he said. “The coaches were great here and I learned a lot.”

Howard’s basketball journey began slowly as a reserve off the bench during his freshman year. However, he became a starter for the Lions in his last three years. This past season, Howard was named to the All-Region and All-County First Teams after averaging a team-high 18.8 points per contest. Highlights included scoring a season-high 33 points in a victory over Clarkston on Dec. 21, 32 points against Villa Rica in a double-overtime contest on Jan. 3 and hitting the game-winning shot for the Lions against New Manchester on Jan. 31.

“Myles is a good boy that excelled in the classroom and on the court,” Lithia Springs head coach J.W. Cantrell said. “He was a great scorer who you knew what to expect on the court and a competitor.”

Howard excelled academically as well, becoming an honors student at the school while earning membership into both the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society.

“Focusing on academics helped me on and off the court,” Howard said. “I wanted to be consistent with my grades because education will take me far in life.”

Another important project Howard took on his senior year was a student-produced video titled “Every 15 Minutes.” Howard played the lead acting role as a drunk driver who leaves an off-campus party and gets into an accident that kills his fellow passengers and other drivers. The video shows Howard being arrested on the site of the accident, arranged in a Douglas County courthouse and ultimately sentenced to 136 years of jail time for vehicular manslaughter.

The video, which was made available on YouTube in April and has nearly 4,000 views, promoted awareness of drunk driving among young adults in the county.

“We worked on the project all year with the help of our resource officers, Investigator Christy Clark and Deputy Aaron Smith,” Howard said. “They approached me with the idea and each of us added our own aspects to it as actors.”

Lithia Springs has appreciated the contributions Howard made to the community.

“Myles’ character is second to none,” athletic director Alton Bias said. “If my own sons grow up to be half the young man Myles is already, I’ll feel very good about the men my sons have become.”

Howard has decided to pursue a career in the medical field, either as a surgeon or anesthesiologist.

“I took classes at school and we were able to dissect body parts of animals such as a sheep’s heart and that interested me as a potential career,” he said.

Howard will attend either Georgia State or Georgia Southern this fall.

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