Blake Graham,of Pawleys Island, S.C. is a junior at Coastal Carolina University in S.C.
During his late years of elementary and middle school, he was verbally attacked by his peers on a regular basis. He was mocked for the way he dressed, talked and acted. "Blake you ain't black you're an oreo!" Some of his classmates would yell out. "Black on the outside, but white on the inside!" At a young age Blake learned to deal with being bullied. He ignored the rude comments and avoided any physical contact with his bullies. But as Blake got older he actually wanted people to like him. He didn't want to be the odd ball of the group anymore and he wanted to have friends. So he tried to change himself into what people thought he should be. This made him stand out even more.
The summer before his freshman year of high school Blake decided that he would no longer try to blend in with the crowd, but step into the spotlight. He began a journey down unchartered territory. His entire lifestyle changed. He ate healthy, exercised and in about a year he lost 80lbs. He started concentrating on helping others in his community and getting the best grades he possibly could.
Today, Blake Graham is a straight A student and senior class president. He is Waccamaw High's One-man Welcoming committee and has more friends than he can count. At the end of his sophomore year in high school a South Carolina House Resolution number 4932 was created in his honor.
Blake was selected to represent South Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Graham’s electric co-op experience began in June when he attended the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with 46 other South Carolina high school students and more than 1,500 students from across the country. The South Carolina students selected Graham to serve as their representative on the YLC.
During Blake’s junior year of high school he wrote two anti-bulling books. "A Letter For Andrew" and "A Crown For Victoria.” By creating these books he said wanted to illustrate a window into the lives of bullied teens to show people how serious bullying is.
Blake is senior class president and a youth ambassador of the Souper Bowl of Caring, a member of the high school chorus, teens against drugs club, fellowship of christian warriors, the art club, the newsletter staff, the student council and is also a 2011 -2012 teacher cadet. He is also a member of the National Honor Society for High School Scholars.