Barham has earned a 3.7 grade point average in Hillside's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Quinn has also integrated community service into his everyday life. "In my community, I tutor young children with the Sigma Beta Club, clean my school's campus periodically, and volunteer at the Food Bank," said Barham. This Community Captain is also a member of the National Achievers Society and Who's Who Among America's High School students.
"It would mean a lot be named a Community Captain," said Barham. "It would tell me that all my hard work has paid off. It would let my parents know that they have done a good job and that I have done a good job and that I was successful."
Barham, a senior football captain at Hillside, has verbally committed to Penn State University.
"My parents have pushed me to become a leader since I was young," stated Barham. "I feel like I'm one of those people that lead by example."
The Community Captain Class of 2006 recipients so far this season are Kerry Neal of Bunn High School (Bunn, NC), Cameron Ford of T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), Reid Phillips of Myers Park High School (Charlotte, NC), Gray Gardner of Camden High School (Camden, SC), and Samuel "Quinn" Barham of Hillside High School (Durham, NC). Beginning with Week 1 and ending with Week 10 of the Carolina Panthers regular season schedule, the team will select ten elite high school student-athletes as Community Captains.
The 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers final regular season home game versus the Pittsburg Steelers on December 17th.
Winners will receive an authentic Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players. Recipients are also featured on the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Horse Trailer on www.panthers.com.