9:42 AM EDT, May 12, 2011
While many high school students were dreading their turn in speech and debate class, Bryson McGuire was teaching his congregation to “praise your way out,” with the story of three Hebrew boys who stand up to Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel.
He delivered this lesson during his first sermon as a licensed minister at Centennial Baptist Church on Aug. 14, 2010.
“It was so good to know that I was chosen by God to lead in that way,” McGuire said.
His leadership also extends to his time at DHS, where he is the student body president and a member of Young Achievers, student NAACP and National Honor Society.
His fellow students also elected him as a senior peer mediator to help students work through conflicts.
McGuire, son of Lonnie and Kaye McGuire, will attend the University of Louisville this fall and major in political science to pursue a career as a defense attorney.
He is no stranger to the hard work necessary to succeed in such a position because, along with maintaining top marks in school and preaching at church, McGuire works part-time at McDonald’s. He said the job has taught him the value of money and investing in the future.
“You never know what you will need, and it’s good to save up,” he said.
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