Local standout shines on court and in classroom

By Anthony Rhoads

Eagle's Landing's Tamera Means is a text-book definition of a student-athlete.

As a student, her record speaks for itself. She has a 3.9 GPA but she has also participated in many activities and has won many awards.

She's been a four-year member of the Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America, a three-year member of the National Honor Society and has also been involved in the Partners Club, been a student assistant for the Paralympic Games, was a member of the Eagle's Landing High School chorus and has volunteered in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Habitat for Humanity and has been active at the New Birth Church.

Some of the awards and honors she has received include the Venture Scholars Award for math and science, the prestigious Tuskegee University Veterinary Medicine Summer Program, Who's Who of American High School Students (four years) and is a three-time winner of the National Athlete Scholar Award.

As an athlete, she was a four-year starter in basketball and volleyball and also played soccer at Eagle's Landing.

She was a Wendy's High School Heisman Georgia State Finalist and was a McDonald's All-American Girls Basketball Team nominee.

"She's worked hard to build her high school resume; that's the kind of person she is," out-going Eagle's Landing girls' basketball coach Donnie Byrom said. "She was a four-year letterman and that's rare. I was fortunate to have athletes like Tamera, who took their academics seriously."

Now, Means will be attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. She will play basketball for a team that went 22-6, won the Centennial Conference Championship and went to the NCAA Division III tournament.

"I'm really excited," she said. "I know it's a great school and I'm looking forward to the experience."

Johns Hopkins' academic reputation is what attracted her to the school.

"I was looking for a good education and I knew it was the place for me," she said.

She wants to study neuroscience and become a veterinarian.

She also wants to earn her pilot's license.

"Tamera is just one of our student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically," Eagle's Landing athletic director Bob Stinchcomb said. "We're proud of her and we hope she takes the gold and navy blue wherever she goes. She's a great example of the kind of student-athletes we have here."