Glynn Academy senior Xavier McClinton is the 2017 recipient of the Keith Waters Memorial Scholarship, which has been presented annually for 30 years to recognize scholastic and athletic excellence.
While at Glynn Academy, McClinton excelled as a leader of the student body and as a member of the football and baseball teams. He was senior class president, served on the student council for four years and was captain of the football team. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, FCA and the GA Chorus. McClinton graduated with a 4.25 grade point average and a class rank of 21 out of 416.
Active in the community, McClinton was a member of the Zion Baptist Church band and Youth Core Team. He served as a Doulos intern for The Gathering Place and was involved in 707 youth groups. He was also a member of the 2016-17 Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Glynn class. Among his numerous honors and accomplishments, McClinton’s peers voted him 2017 Glynn Academy Homecoming King while the GA faculty and staff voted him 2017 Outstanding Senior. He won the Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science Fair Award, the Frederick Douglas Award for Top Reader in AP US History and was named Rotary Club Student of the Month in November 2016. He also served Haitian refugees during two mission trips to Eleuthra, Bahamas.
McClinton received an academic scholarship to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., and plans to play either football or baseball for the Rattlers.
The Keith Waters Memorial Scholarship was created in 1988 by family and friends in memory of Keith Waters, a 1974 Glynn Academy graduate who was one of five siblings to attend the school. He then attended Cornell University on a scholastic/football scholarship and graduated in 1978 with a degree in engineering. He is survived by his wife and two sons.