By LARRY VAUGHT
Zion Harmon and his father, Mike, know the negative impact the shooting at Marshall County High School in January where two were killed and 18 injures had on everyone in the community. They know plenty about the low percentage of African-Americans living in the county.
Yet the Harmons felt transferring from Adair County, where he spent one season and led the state in scoring, to Marshall for his sophomore year was the right move to make.
“We believe all God has done with him and the people he has been around from USA Basketball to Nike Elite to traveling overseas has laid the groundwork for him to handle this opportunity God has given him,” Mike Harmon said. “We know about the shooting and the low percentage of African-Americans. But Marshall County seems like a great place to us.”
Harmon grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and Mike Harmon’s oldest son attended Bishop O’Connell High School because of its high academic and athletic standards. Mike Harmon said “education is high on our family list” and he’s impressed with the professional accomplishments of Marshall graduates.
“Marshall does have great athletic facilities but similar to the school my oldest son attended, it is founded on a great educational program. I am happy he’s in a place that is so respected educationally and I was very impressed by what the school’s graduates have gone on to do professionally,” Mike Harmon said.
“When he was younger, Zion went to a private school that laid a good educational foundation for him. He went to a Christian school (Lighthouse Christian School in Tennessee) that had a great spiritual influence on him. All that helped create who he is as a kid and person. Now his experiences at Marshall County will just add to who he will become.”