Garrett Academy awards night

Garrett Academy principal Charity Summers and Agustus Holt, right, unveil a new display to teach students about the Lawrence Holt Memorial Scholarship.

Like many students who came before him, 2013 Holt Memorial Scholarship recipient Garrett Academy of Technology senior JT Fabers-Thorne has a passion to serve his community.

Fabers-Thorne received the award May 16 at Garrett’s annual awards night. Augustus Holt, father of Lawrence Holt, a Garrett graduate who died at 18 in 1999 after fighting brain cancer, presented the award.

“What I tried to exemplify to Lawrence is that to have a good community you have to be of service. You have to be able to give,” Holt said. “Academics are great, but I wanted him to excel also in humanitarianism to understand that we’re not here just to be takers.”

Lawrence Holt was an exceptional student and athlete who graduated from Garrett despite fighting cancer after being diagnosed as a freshman. He was honored with the Beaux Affair’s Achievement Against the Odds award for his strength and determination. He was also named 1998-99 Teen of the Year by the Charleston chapter of Jack and Jill.

Fabers-Thorne was on the Garrett basketball, baseball, football and track teams. He also served on the student council as student body vice president in addition to mentoring students at James Simons and Memminger Elementary schools.

The $1,000-per-year scholarship is part of the Coastal Community Foundation.

Fabers-Thorne said this scholarship means a lot to him because he “will be able to focus more on school knowing that my parents won’t have to work twice as hard to put me though school.”

Fabers-Thorne will be recognized for the award at a RiverDogs game June 8. Lawrence Holt was an avid baseball fan.

Fabers-Thorne is the son of Lekeryon Fabers and Jermaine Thorne. He will major in accounting with a double minor in business management and sports management at Coastal Carolina University. His goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant.

“I’ll use this scholarship to the fullest to become successful to better my life so I’ll be able to better others’ lives in return,” Fabers-Thorne said.

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