Preston Thorne teaches Summerville students about success

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Preston Thorne teaches Summerville students about success

Thorne engages SHS students with a story in the library.

Thorne engages SHS students with a story in the library.

Ms. Neal

Thorne engages SHS students with a story in the library.

Ms. Neal

Ms. Neal

Thorne engages SHS students with a story in the library.

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On April first 2019, Preston Thorne visited Summerville High School to talk to students about how to be successful in life and how to turn failures into accomplishments.

Thorne is a Summerville High School alumni who went on to work as a student success coach at the University of South Carolina and co-write the children’s book “#JustaChicken” with Langston Moore, a fellow USC alumni.  

“#JustaChicken” was about Cocky the Gamecock mascot and how he discovered that everyone has greatness within them.

Thorne and Moore were inspired to write a children’s book because they saw the existing stories about Cocky and thought they could do something new with the mascot, and maybe even better.

“We saw some other Gamecock books that we didn’t think were as good as the one that we could create, so we wanted to do a better one,” explained Thorne.    

Thorne hopes that people who read his book are able to feel more confident in themselves.

“We just want people to be able to look at themselves as the best versions of themselves and not compare themselves to other people,” said Thorne.   

Thorne decided to become a student success coach so that he could help students get through tough times.

“Seeing students that were in the same situation that I was in and being able to help them progress through some of the tough times as freshmen [is very rewarding].”

Summerville High School prepared Thorne for his future by giving him the knowledge and opportunities that helped him become successful.  

“Summerville High School is a great place to start because it gave me all the resources and skills that I needed to go out into the world, but more importantly it gave me the identity to be a winner,” said Thorne.   

Thorne advises Summerville High School students to take every opportunity they can to work towards future success.

“Take advantage of being in this great place because not everywhere has these opportunities, so just realize how great this place is and take advantage of it as much as possible and enjoy it,” said Thorne.

Summerville students are sure to be inspired by Thorne’s story.

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