ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Soaring to excellence is a motto written all over Monroe High school's walls.
It's senior Napoleon Harris exemplifies those words as an athlete and as a role model for community kids and most importantly his two younger sisters.
The young man is mature, but if you ask his father who flirted with death just before having his son, Napoleon is fulfilling a prophecy.
"Napoleon was born one year from God almost taking me away," recalled Napoleon Harris, Sr. "To giving me the best blessing of my life. So I knew then that he was going to be a special young man."
Harris stands 6'8. Great height for a center, but an odd height for a math wiz who excels in advanced placement classes and strives to be a civil engineer.
Harris says the balancing act of hoops and school is a team effort.
"I don't do it alone, I can tell you that for sure.," said the athlete who also plays pitcher for the baseball team. "It's a lot of pieces that helped me out along the way. I want to take what I learned in high school and try to pursue that and start a career in college. So I figure d civil engineering would probably be the best fit for me."
And when the jokester isn't busy cracking his family up, he's making them proud.
"They didn't let their hard work, 18 years go down the drain. I'm trying to give them something to smile for every day," said Harris, Jr.
"He knows the responsibility that comes with being an athlete," reminded his mother Loretta Harris. "We had a policy of no C's. It was always A's and B's or you could not participate."
"He's my only son," said Harris, Sr. "So (I've) been truly blessed to have him, and to be a big part of his life."