Student of Month excels in more than just football

Hunter Lent is Student of the Month for November, 2014. / Photo submitted

By Joshua Fitzgerald
Times-News correspondent

   Hunter Lent, November’s Student of the Month, excels both on and off the football field.
An accomplished football player, an intelligent student, and a good role model, Lent is a senior at Western Alamance High School, where he plays on the varsity football team. He is a tight end, a defensive tackle and a punter. While most people can manage just one position, he excels at all three.
In fact, he currently is considering athletic scholarships from two universities in South Carolina, and he is communicating with many others who are interested in his playing. Football is not the only sport he plays; he also is a varsity basketball player.
Even though he plays three different football positions, Hunter finds time to be a good student.
“He’s very studious,” said his mother, Jennifer Lent. “He loves history and science.” He has been accepted into both the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. He is the son of Pierre and Jennifer Lent of Burlington and his sister, Dakota Lent, is in school in Florida.
Hunter also is described by his mother and grandfather as being a good role model.
“(He’s) just a good, decent kid,” said Howard Caudle, his grandfather, who nominated him. He went on to describe Hunter as “conscientious, quiet … and just a good boy.”
He also is considerate to his peers. His mother referenced how Hunter was so dedicated that he missed only two games of the Western soccer team’s season because he had friends that were on the team and he wanted to support them.
He also is a good example to others. He volunteers for DREAM Team (Daring to Role Model Excellence as Athletic Mentors), an organization seeking to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
“I’ve had many parents tell me what a good role model he is,” Jennifer said.
Hunter does not know what he is going to do after school. You may see him on an NFL team or as an accomplished historian. Still, one thing is certain: Whatever he does next will be great.

 Know an exceptional middle-schooler, high-schooler or college student? We’re currently looking for Students of the Month for January, February and March. Send nominations to or call (336) 506-3057 for more details. Student of the Month appears on the last Monday of each month on the Teens & Twenties page. No nominations submitted anonymously will be accepted.

Joshua Fitzgerald is a senior home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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