Besides scoring 7 touchdowns for the Brookwood Warriors this season, Justin Johnson has also been recognized by the National Achievement Scholarship Program as an Outstanding Participant in the program. The Brookwood senior's scores were among the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores. Johnson took the PSAT early in his junior year. He has received a certificate recognizing his potential for academic success in college and Johnson is on the roster of Outstanding Participants being referred to about 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities.
Not only is he among the 3,100 Black American high school students receiving this academic recognition, Johnson has been active at Brookwood School in honors organizations, extracurricular activities and sports. Among other involvements, he plays varsity basketball, serves on the Honor Council, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a journalist on the student newspaper, "War Cry." He's won numerous medals for his top grades in his Brookwood classes, including at least 10 gold medals for having the highest GPA in those courses. He won the top regional award in the Georgia Stock Market Game in 2009. Besides his volunteer work in his church and community, Johnson also enjoys playing the saxophone in his spare time.
"Justin is an offensive and defensive starter on the Warriors football team," said Coach Robert East, the athletic director of Brookwood. "He's a wingback on offense and cornerback on defense with 598 rushing yards, 9-yard average per carry, 7 tackles and one interception returned for one of his 7 touchdowns so far this season."
"Justin's sister Lauren, who graduated in May from Brookwood, is also an outstanding scholar and athlete, and we take special pride in the accomplishments of these excellent students," said Brookwood Headmaster Mike Notaro.
Their mother is Chandra Johnson of Cairo, Ga.