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Former Augusta resident stars in new movie

News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 18, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Before he was seen on the big screen, Quinton Aaron spent his days in front of a much smaller audience: singing tenor in the chorus at Glenn Hills High School.

"He liked to sing," said Sherry Puryear, his chorus instructor. "He liked to sing, but he was very shy."

Sherry Puryear remembers Quinton when he first moved to Augusta. They soon bonded and have stayed close. She found out about his new role from his Facebook page.

"I saw the little trailer," Puryear said. "I didn't really realize the magnitude of it until I actually saw the trailer on TV and was like wow, that's big."

His nearly six foot, six inch frame made him a shoe in for the football team, but while both coaches and players tried their best to recruit him, he never set foot on the field, saying he just wasn't an athlete.

After moving down south from New York, it was right here at his grandfather's house where Quinton spent a lot of his time...playing with his younger brother and working on his music.

Quinton's grandfather Rev. William Mack says despite the success, his grandson is still the same guy who used to sing in church on Sundays.

"He's just a sweet young man. just a gentle young man, just a big teddy bear," Mack said. "Big guy, but so humble."

And it's this success that former classmates say is so inspirational.

"I'm very proud of him," said Travis Carter, who graduated with Quinton. "Especially to see someone from our community doing something positive."

Mack says that even though Quinton only spent three years here in high school, he calls Augusta home. His chorus teacher says she plans to invite him back to Glenn Hills High School to speak to students there.


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  • by Mom Location: Evans on Nov 20, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Well done young man! Keep it up! There is a lot one can do and achieve in the entertainment field. If this young man is smart, has the proper professional support, and can navigate intelligently he has the potential for enormous success.
  • by jackie Location: aiken on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    good job
  • by Delia Location: Aug on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    Nice to hear something positive that came out of South Augusta for a change. Just goes to show that there are some good young people out there trying to do the right things in life.
  • by Concerned Location: Augusta on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Im glad about that mane Lol. I went to that school and it has a few....well who am I kidding, alot of thugs running them hallways clowning and doing no good. But glad that I made it out of high school and this shows that there are a few good seeds there. Good for the Hill, this story has made me really, really proud!
  • by Steve Location: Martinez on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Local kid makes good. Congratulations.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    bless the children that stay in school and try to do something positive in life. did'nt let peer pressure get to him, had his own opinions, chose to spend time with siblings...don't know the young man at all, but i'm proud for him. any youth making it any where the legal way should make us all proud!!!! let's pray for the ones on the dead end road
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