Seventy-First High School
Meet Jaysiah Leach
“All-Star Student, All-Star Athlete”
Jaysiah Leach has been playing football since he was three years old.
As a senior at Seventy-First High School, Jaysiah still loves the sport. For him, football is so much more than the game. It has taught him to never give up and always work hard. Next year, he plans to walk on the football team at North Carolina A&T State University, the same college his dad attended and played for in the 90s.
Football is part of his family’s legacy. Jaysiah’s dad and brother played football at Seventy-First. Also, Jaysiah’s number is 74, the same as his dad. He is honored to carry on the tradition of dedication, grit and hard work, both on and off the field.
A leader and veteran on the team, Jaysiah is an offensive lineman. Coach Kai, Jaysiah’s position coach, is someone who has made a lasting impression on him and taught him to persevere through adversity, a lesson Jaysiah will take with him throughout his life.
“Coach Kai believed in me when no one else did,” Jaysiah said. “I appreciate him so much. He taught me to never be satisfied with what I’ve done and to always stay humble.”
An all-star student-athlete, Jaysiah is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. He is a recipient of a National Merit Scholarship valued at $2,000. Scholarships awarded through National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students.
On the field, Jaysiah was selected for all-conference and received letters in both football and wrestling. In addition to sports, Jaysiah serves his community and helps to keep it clean by picking up trash on the weekends. He has accrued 100 volunteer hours. He also sings in the church choir.
For Jaysiah, community is everything. He is appreciative of the teachers and school leaders who have prepared him by helping him build a strong work ethic and taught him to not settle for anything less than greatness.
“High school was a journey,” Jaysiah said. “I am glad that I’ve had the experiences that I’ve had because it made me a better person.”
As Jaysiah moves on to college, his family, coaches and teachers know that success will come to him because of his work ethic and dedication. At A&T, he plans to major in pre-kinesiology. His goal is to become a physical therapist for a professional sports team.