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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Townsend, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Townsend, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Townsend, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Townsend, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Townsend has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Townsend, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Townsend, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Townsend and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
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Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Townsend, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

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Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Townsend, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Townsend can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
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Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Townsend, GA

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Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Townsend. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.

New AC Installation
in Townsend, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

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If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Townsend, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Townsend, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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Atlanta Classics: Brick Store Pub celebrates 25 years

Back when Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore and Mike Gallagher partnered to open Brick Store Pub on June 27, 1997, the friends from the University of Georgia had no idea that the run-down brick storefront on East Court Square in Decatur would become a beloved neighborhood institution — let alone, one of the most celebrated beer bars in the world.“We didn&rsquo...

Back when Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore and Mike Gallagher partnered to open Brick Store Pub on June 27, 1997, the friends from the University of Georgia had no idea that the run-down brick storefront on East Court Square in Decatur would become a beloved neighborhood institution — let alone, one of the most celebrated beer bars in the world.

“We didn’t open as a beer bar; we just opened as a bar,” Moore remembered. “And, I think people were pleasantly surprised that the food was good compared to most bars at the time.”

Soon after passage of the 2004 Georgia law that made higher alcohol beers legal in the state, the partners added what became known as the Belgian Bar, celebrating distinctive Belgian beers, such as St. Bernardus and Orval. In return, the Belgian Brewers Guild honored Brick Store in 2016 with the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle for “loyal services to the brewing profession.”

Along with the Belgian Bar, the addition of a beer cellar, in what once had been a bank vault, provided a place for hundreds of vintage and limited-edition bottles to be stored, aged and offered on a special reserve list.

Brick Store has continued to evolve since then, with some of the most popular transformations during the past two-plus years.

When the pandemic closed the bar for a time, the partners took the opportunity to gut and revamp the kitchen. And, after that, two more major projects were born.

“The last few years have been the hardest in the 25 years we’ve had the pub,” Gallagher said. “But, like many things in life, it’s also been the most rewarding in many ways. We had to roll up our sleeves and get creative.”

In 2021, Brick Store opened a new area designed to serve only British-style, cask-conditioned ale on draft. Up above the main bar, the cozy mezzanine that once served as a secluded dining area was reimagined and renamed the Cask Bar.

And, in the early days of the pandemic, an outdoor beer garden sprang up in a back alleyway previously used for staff parking, recycling and trash pickup. Through at least three iterations, it has blossomed into an inviting outdoor space where there’s often a wait for a seat.

“I don’t think it’s too hyperbolic to say the beer garden saved Brick Store during the pandemic,” Gallagher said.

While the garden was “a game-changer” and “clearly had to stay,” Blanchard said, it was such a hit that “it wasn’t sustainable for our kitchen or our staff.”

The answer turned out to be a permanent food truck parked in the back of the beer garden. In addition to a separate menu, with items available only outside, the truck is equipped with a bar that features 12 taps, including a side-pull faucet, and four draft cocktails.

The tag line for Brick Store’s 25th anniversary week is “Celebrating 25 years of Community, Craft and Culture.”

“We could have the world’s greatest beer selection, but that wouldn’t mean anything if we didn’t have the community and the culture around us,” said recently returned Brick Store beer manager Neil Callaghan. “That’s what makes this pub unique. That’s what brought me back.”

Starting June 20, there will be guest chefs and special beers every day, culminating in a grand celebration on June 25.

“I swear, I can remember the 20th anniversary like it was yesterday, and I cannot believe we’re already at 25,” Blanchard said. “Having to turn around with the pandemic, and going from day to day, while trying to plan this huge to-do, is challenging.”

“It feels different than I thought it would, because of the last couple of years,” Gallagher said. “It’s this harried sense of being pulled in a lot of different directions. And, at the same time, it’s more deeply rooted and appreciative of our team, our community, and our regular customers. I’m in awe of all the support we’ve gotten. It’s our ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ type moment.”

Company Distilling readies Townsend tasting room in its quest to become a national brand

Whiskey fans should start planning a trip to Townsend. An East Tennessee homegrown spirits company is taking the next step toward its big ambitions of creating a national brand.After facing pandemic-related delays, Company Distilling's newly constructed Townsend tasting room is set to open July 8. Guests can look forward to tasting spirits, touring the production facility and listening to live music.In April 2021, ...

Whiskey fans should start planning a trip to Townsend. An East Tennessee homegrown spirits company is taking the next step toward its big ambitions of creating a national brand.

After facing pandemic-related delays, Company Distilling's newly constructed Townsend tasting room is set to open July 8. Guests can look forward to tasting spirits, touring the production facility and listening to live music.

In April 2021, Company launched publicly and announced it was investing $20 million into an Alcoa headquarters and the tasting room in Townsend.

The brand was founded by a team of whiskey experts, including former Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett. Company already is distributing its first product, a Tennessee bourbon, across the state.

"What's unique about us is the ability as a new company to assemble so much experience into one team with such complementary skill set," Arnett said. "I feel like we got the bench strength to do something really special for Company, and not every brand starts off with all those advantages."

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Townsend tasting room will feature whiskey and spirits

The roughly 3,700-square-foot Townsend facility is located off Highway 321 along Little River and will act as a production center as well as a tasting room.

In addition to offering whiskey and other spirits, the distillery will brew some lighter beers to pair.

Inside the tasting room, guests can sit at the bar or on some cushy chairs while looking out the building's glass front for a view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Guests can peer behind the bar to get a glimpse of the distilling area where Company will produce all its whiskey.

"It's a small footprint, but I think we'll be able to do some wonderful things here," said Kevin Smith, director of distilling and brewing. "I'm hoping that with this system, we'll be able to lay down a couple of barrels a week, which is would be a pretty phenomenal effort for this size facility."

When the weather is nice, guests will have access to a 2,500-square-foot outdoor area with a patio.

Maryville Italian restaurant Amici will open a restaurant inside called Amico, which is Italian for "a friend."

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“Food has consistently been a contributor to creating friendships and impactful impressions for our guests," Amici chef and owner Chris Thompson said. "It’s clear Company Distilling has similar goals of creating long-lasting relationships by bringing people together to share something they can all enjoy.”

The menu will be announced at a later date.

Update on Company Distilling facility in Alcoa

Company's Alcoa facility will open sometime in 2023 or 2024 and is expected to create at least 50-60 jobs, but president and co-founder Kris Tatum said there could be more.

"With Alcoa coming online for us, we feel like we can build basically a center to create a national brand," Arnett said. "Ultimately, our aspirations are more than just being a small, regional brand."

The roughly 25,000-square-foot building will be used for storing 10,000-15,000 barrels, according to Arnett. The facility will also have a tasting room, restaurant, retail and outdoor entertainment space.

Little work has been done to the Alcoa brick factory building, which was built in 1919. Arnett said the building's structure is solid, and it "just needed a little bit of love." Plans for the design have not been finalized.

The 31-acre plot of land across the street from Alcoa High School was chosen in part because of its proximity to traffic from the interstate.

"We liked the fact that this property was largely untouched," Arnett said. "When you look at this building, obviously you got to have a lot of vision."

Arnett and Tatum said they want the Alcoa facility to not just be a place tourists come to try some Tennessee whiskey but also a place for community members to gather.

Looking to the future of the whiskey brand

Right now, Arnett, Tatum and Smith are focused on "getting their feet wetter" at the Townsend facility, but then it's all hands on deck getting the Alcoa facility ready and renovating what was formerly H. Clark Distilling in Thompson's Station.

Company acquired H. Clark earlier this year for an undisclosed sum, a crucial step in Company's statewide expansion. The acquisition allows the brand to add Ghost Rail gin to its portfolio and increase production.

Company's inaugural 90-proof straight bourbon whiskey finished with maple wood is on shelves in retail stores now. Arnett said it's approachable for new whiskey drinkers, while also being strong enough for more experienced sippers.

"Part of the brand's philosophy is that we want to be able to take the mature drinker and the new drinker and have that one bottle that both can enjoy together," Arnett said.

Company's straight bourbon whiskey is available in Tennessee and Georgia stores, but the brand would like to expand to other states in the future. Arnett said a bottle is $57-$59.

More products will be launched leading up the grand opening, they said.

Chamblee’s Hopstix Asian Brewpub marks 5 years

One of the most unique destinations in metro Atlanta, Hopstix Asian Brewpub offers a wide range of starters and entrees, along with multiple robata grill and raw bar items, all meant to pair with beer.Owner Andy Tan grew up in Indonesia in a family that founded the first seafood company and restaurant in Medan. Tan came to Atlanta in 1997 and later graduated from Georgia State University....

One of the most unique destinations in metro Atlanta, Hopstix Asian Brewpub offers a wide range of starters and entrees, along with multiple robata grill and raw bar items, all meant to pair with beer.

Owner Andy Tan grew up in Indonesia in a family that founded the first seafood company and restaurant in Medan. Tan came to Atlanta in 1997 and later graduated from Georgia State University.

He opened Hopstix in Chamblee in 2017, and in March 2022, he debuted Lady Ha Vietnamese Kitchen on the Beltline, next to Ponce De Leon Avenue.

Recently, I caught up with Tan and brewer Justin Ramirez, who previously was the head brewer at Arches Brewing in Hapeville. With help from Ramirez, Tan has some ambitious plans for expanding Hopstix.

“Being the Asian brewpub, food-wise we’re starting to play with more Southeast Asian flavors,” Tan said. “Being from Indonesia myself and my wife being from Thailand, that makes sense. And, of course, our No. 1 selling beer is Rice & Shine, a rice lager brewed with house-steamed jasmine rice.”

Before opening Hopstix, Tan was a talented homebrewer who developed some of his Hopstix recipes after joining Atlanta’s Covert Hops Society homebrewing club.

“That hobby turned into a passion,” he said. “When I was doing group brews with Covert Hops, I would bring Asian food. And over the years, that’s how this vision of an Asian brewpub grew. I wanted to bring something unique to the craft scene. And, humbly I say, it’s turned out to be a very successful concept.”

Currently, Ramirez is brewing on the Frankenstein 3-barrel system that’s been reworked and reorganized a number of times since Hopstix opened. The newest addition is a pair of 10-barrel unitanks that do double duty for fermentation and conditioning.

Right now, the order of business is the brewpub’s fifth anniversary celebration on June 18. Ramirez is finishing a batch of Rice & Shine that will be canned and labeled to sell at the celebration.

“There’s not really any distribution for our packaged products,” Ramirez said. “The margins are better if we sell it here. But there might be a little bit in the future. I designed the Rice & Shine label with the intention of getting it approved so we could send it anywhere.”

Ramirez also has been tweaking the recipes for Hopstix staples, such as Hooligans ESB, while brewing many of his own beers.

“About half of the beers I’ve done since I’ve been here have been my recipes,” he said. “The Keris Czech dark lager was the first one I did. The Sin Falta Mexican lager is another one. That’s brewed with Oaxacan green corn, which is part of the kinds of weird things I like to do, along with Chinese black rice and smoked orange wood. That’s what keeps it fun.”

Tucked into a corner of the brewhouse, Hopstix has a small barrel-aged program, mostly using casks from Atlanta’s ASW Distillery.

“Those were all COVID-aged,” Tan quipped, pointing to a stacked rack of barrels. “We did our Seven Seas Foreign extra stout and our American Dream porter in bourbon barrels.”

Tan and Ramirez agree the brewpub is an ongoing collaborative process, and that extends to many parts of the business. For several weeks, they reworked the Hopstix logo, which is now on the wall the near the front bar. The concise graphic design features a hop cone intersected by a pair of chopsticks, and the timestamp, “Est. 2017.”

“Overall, I wanted to connect people through food and beer,” Tan said. “I came from a very diverse country, so I want to continue to walk people through that journey. Our motto is, ‘Brewing flavors and cultures.’ That’s where we are and what we’re going for.”

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Graduation 2022: Bremerton's Hurt in rare company as valedictorian

Pretty soon, before his journey across the country to begin his college career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bremerton High School senior Kendrean Hurt will offer a temporary farewell to his best friend: a black-and-white dog named Kita.Hurt isn't excited about being separated from his 3-year-old canine companion, who joined his family just a handful of months before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020."I love my dog," Hurt said. "She's not going to know where I am."When discu...

Pretty soon, before his journey across the country to begin his college career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bremerton High School senior Kendrean Hurt will offer a temporary farewell to his best friend: a black-and-white dog named Kita.

Hurt isn't excited about being separated from his 3-year-old canine companion, who joined his family just a handful of months before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

"I love my dog," Hurt said. "She's not going to know where I am."

When discussing the next stop on his academic journey, Hurt knows what people expect out of him based on his stellar high school performance. During Friday night's graduation ceremony, Hurt will join fellow senior Andrew Kehm as the two Class of 2022 valedictorians being celebrated at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.

Sporting a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Hurt is believed to be the first Black student since Marya Gingrey in 1986 to earn valedictorian status for the Knights.

While Hurt said it's important for other students of color to realize that reaching the academic pinnacle in high school is possible, he stressed that his past achievements don't guarantee future success. He plans to demonstrate the same hunger that he displayed at Bremerton during his time at Georgia Tech, where he plans to study business finance.

"I hate it when people say, 'Oh, you are going to do good things like you've always been doing,'" Hurt said. "I could literally go to college, and skip (classes) and be on the streets. Anything can happen. I can have all this motivation and lose it, while somebody can not have any motivation and gain it and succeed. I always want that chip on my shoulder."

Hurt admits he didn't always view college as a serious option. In eighth grade, he enrolled in Bremerton School District's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Briana Faxon, AVID director at Bremerton High School, said the program is focused on first-generation students — those whose parents did not attend college — and nontraditional students "that you wouldn't normally see on a college campus."

With 125 high school students enrolled in the AVID program, Faxon estimates that 70% qualify for free-and-reduced lunch and would fit into the first-generation college category.

"We teach them study skills and we push them to take those Advanced Placement classes that they wouldn't necessarily take on their own," Faxon said. "Some kids just run with it, like Kendrean."

Hurt, whose father recently earned his bachelor of science degree online through the University of Phoenix, said his initial motivation for joining the AVID program had nothing to do with college.

"The reason I joined it was for the field trips," Hurt admitted. "It wasn't for bettering my future, college, all that. It was like, 'Oh, they go on field trips? I'm joining.'"

When Hurt reached 10th grade, he began to realize that his future could include college if he kept churning out high marks. There were some hurdles along the way, including remote learning during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and a couple challenging AP classes. Yet Hurt never shied away from charging after his goals with drive and tenacity.

"If you are willing to put the work in, at any point in your life really, then you can make it in whatever you are trying to do," Hurt said. "It's just motivation. Motivation is the main thing."

Involved in football and track and field early in his high school career, Hurt spent the current school year focused on finishing strong and serving as an AVID tutor, assisting freshmen in mathematics. Faxon said it gave Hurt an opportunity to take on a leadership role while working with students who are starting the same journey he embarked on a few years ago.

"They look up to him as this amazing role model," Faxon said. "They can say, 'He was in our shoes.' They can see him as being one of them."

It didn't surprise Faxon when Hurt earned the AVID program's most inspirational award during a recent ceremony. It's an honor voted on by students.

"He is well-deserving of this award because of his work ethic and for being unapologetically himself," one student wrote about Hurt during the voting process.

Another student remarked: "He is someone I admire as a student, as a person, and most importantly as a friend."

When decision-time came for college, Hurt had no shortage of major universities to choose from, including Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia and Georgia Tech. In the end, Georgia Tech came through with a scholarship offer that Hurt couldn't turn down.

"It's a new experience. That's exciting," Hurt said. "I know what I have to do when I get there. I'm not going to be in bliss of a new spot and going out and stuff. I still have a job to do."

Chandra Hurt, Kendrean's mother, said she doesn't mind that her son chose Georgia Tech over Washington, his No. 2 option.

"I actually wanted him to get out and see the world a little bit," Chandra Hurt said. "Sometimes as a minority, you have no way of knowing the grass is greener on the other side. For him to come up with this goal and to achieve it, to maintain a perfect grade point average. ... he's done really well. It is something to be proud of."

Knowing that Kendrean Hurt isn't one to seek out the spotlight, Faxon is nonetheless thrilled that one of her four-year students will take the stage Friday evening as co-valedictorian, accept his diploma and begin to prepare for his next chapter as one of B-Town's brightest stars.

"I feel like it's a huge deal," Faxon said. "It should be celebrated."

CLASS OF 2022 GRADUATIONS

Bainbridge Island School District

Ceremony: Bainbridge High School stadium, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Valedictorians: Elise Bourmatnov, Madeline Brown, Keon Deng, Nicholas Fountain, Emily Hung, Lucy King, Elana Memke, Eden Michael, Eileen Miller, Everett Moore, Ellen Owen, Benjamin Reeb, Caleb Saks, Lila Schroer, Gillian Shields, Natasha Stragier, Jack Tinker, Camille Townsend

Bremerton School District

Ceremony: Bremerton High School stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valedictorians: Kendrean Hurt, Andrew Kehm

Central Kitsap School District

Ceremonies: Barker Creek Klahowya Community School, June 8, Klahowya Secondary School stadium, Thursday, 6 p.m.; Olympic High School stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.; Central Kitsap High School stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Valedictorians: Jorgie Neshem (Klahowya); Kaiya Moore (Olympic); Kal-El Drummond, Victor Gutierrez, Eleanor Hebard, Reece Huey, William Putaansuu (Central Kitsap)

North Kitsap School District

Ceremonies: North Kitsap High School stadium, Friday, 5 p.m. (North Kitsap); Saturday, 1 p.m. (Kingston)

Valedictorians: Dalton Brockett, Jason Hart, Trevor Martin, Laine Miller (North Kitsap); Claire Moe, Madeline Seid, Grace Epperson (Kingston)

North Mason School District

Ceremony: North Mason High School stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valedictorian: Robert Farster IV

South Kitsap School District

Ceremonies: Explorer Academy (at Discovery), Friday, 10 a.m.; South Kitsap High School (at Tacoma Dome), Saturday, 1 p.m.; Discovery High School, June 14, 11 a.m.

Valedictorians: Hana Chollar, Colin Cox, Jackson Fager, Emilia Hickle, Saqiya Sass, and Ashley Sciocchetti (South Kitsap); Jessica Martin (Explorer)

Take Five: The top American stories from 2022 Roland Garros

Welcome to Take Five, a weekly series on USTA.com recapping five of the biggest stories from American tennis over the last week on the professional tennis circuit. We're reacapping the last fortnight here, as the second Grand Slam tournament of 2022 was one to remember for Team USA.1. Coco Gauff's teenage dream: 18-year-old reaches singles, doubles finals in ParisSince she made her Grand Slam debut as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, many felt it was a matter of 'when,' rather than 'if' Coco Gauff would have a Grand S...

Welcome to Take Five, a weekly series on USTA.com recapping five of the biggest stories from American tennis over the last week on the professional tennis circuit. We're reacapping the last fortnight here, as the second Grand Slam tournament of 2022 was one to remember for Team USA.

1. Coco Gauff's teenage dream: 18-year-old reaches singles, doubles finals in Paris

Since she made her Grand Slam debut as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, many felt it was a matter of 'when,' rather than 'if' Coco Gauff would have a Grand Slam fortnight for the history books. While she fell just short of the ultimate goal of leaving Paris as a major champion, the now-18-year-old and newly-minted high school graduate earned an A-plus for her effort over two weeks.

Read more at usta.com: Coco Gauff finishes as singles runner-up to Iga Swiatek at 2022 Roland Garros

It took only a surging Iga Swiatek, the world No. 1 who's been unbeaten since February, to stop Gauff in singles: She didn't lose a set in six matches leading into the final, becoming the youngest woman in 18 years to reach a singles final at a Grand Slam. She and Jessica Pegula were also beaten in the doubles final by a pair of former major-winners in Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

Gauff's run in Paris plants her at new career-high rankings this week in both singles and doubles; she checks in at No. 13 in singles and No. 5 in doubles. But, she says, the biggest consequence of her run in Paris—which came after she was disappointed by her results in other big tournaments this year—is a change in perspective.

"I think this tournament was the first tournament this year that I went in trying to win for myself, and I think that was the difference in my mentality," Gauff said. "I think that now that I have found that mental state, I know how to get there. I think it will help me in future tournaments."

2. Pegula soars to WTA Top 10, becomes highest-ranking American

While Gauff continues to make waves as a teenager, Pegula is coming into her own at age 28. After reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January, Pegula matched the feat in Paris before losing to Swiatek; she joins the Pole as the players who got that far in both of the first two major tournaments of the year.

Her runner-up showing with Gauff in doubles was also Pegula's best career doubles result at a major; she had previously never been past the third round.

Possibly the most consistent player on the WTA this year outside of the world No. 1, Pegula continues to reap the rewards of hard work. After reaching the singles quarterfinals and doubles final in Paris, she reaches new career highs in both disciplines this week. Rising to a career-high world No. 8, Pegula passes Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins and becomes the top-ranked U.S. woman, and she also cracks the Top 15 in doubles at No. 13.

"I think really there's nowhere to go but up. ... I think it's just showing my level's right there," Pegula said in Paris.

"It's just amazing when you realize that you can go so much further than you think you can. ... I think the unknown, it can make it seem like it's so difficult, and I think I've learned that as I've got to the Top 20, Top 15 and now Top 10, that it's definitely achievable. I think you just have to believe in yourself and it's really such a big part of it."

3. Led by Gauff and Pegula, Americans shine in doubles draws

Gauff and Pegula weren't the only U.S. doubles team to thrive in Paris. Austin Krajicek continued his rise up the ATP doubles rankings with a run to the final alongside Croatia's Ivan Dodig, and Nicole Melichar-Martinez reached the mixed doubles semifinals with Germany's Kevin Krawietz. To reach the final, Gauff and Pegula ended the run of Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend in an all-American semifinal; Townsend, who gave birth to a son last March, was playing just her fourth tournament since the 2020 US Open. Eight U.S. men and nine U.S. women won at least one match in the men's and women's doubles events.

In juniors, 17-year-old Nicholas Godsick reached the boys' doubles semifinals with his Portuguese partner Henrique Rocha. The all-American pair of 16-year-old Liv Hovde, the 2021 Easter Bowl champion, and 17-year-old Qavia Lopez reached the girls' doubles quarterfinals as well; that added to a quarterfinal run for Hovde in singles.

4. Mathewson wins first Roland Garros match

Last year, Dana Mathewson became the first-ever U.S. woman to compete in the wheelchair event at Roland Garros. In 2022, she got her first win. In the first Roland Garros event to feature a wheelchair singles draw of 16 players, Mathewson won her first round match against Chile's Macarena Cabrillana in straight sets before falling to former finalist Aniek van Koot in the quarterfinals. She was close to her first-ever win against the former world No. 1 in the last eight—a win would've put her in a Grand Slam semifinal for the second time—but van Koot rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

"Great matches don't necessarily end in the greatest results," Mathewson later wrote on social media, "but I'm grateful for this week at Roland Garros. Merci, Paris!"

David Wagner was the other American who competed in the wheelchair event; his campaign ended in both the quad singles and quad doubles semifinals.

5. Nakashima, McDonald have best-ever showings in Paris

Playing their first and fourth Roland Garros main draws, respectively, Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald led the American men in Paris; both reached the third round. Nakashima, who lost in the first round of qualifying in each of the last two years, came from two-sets-to-one down to win his opener against Poland's Kamil Majchrzak, and later beat Tallon Greikspoor of the Netherlands before being defeated by No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev. McDonald lost his first set of the tournament to Italian lucky loser Franco Agamenone, but won his next six; he upset No. 22 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in Round 2 before falling to Italian No. 11 seed Jannik Sinner.

Nakashima's fellow #NextGenATP star Sebastian Korda also made the third round as the No. 27 seed; he was beaten by a fellow rising star, No. 6 seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.

Professional tennis wasn't only being played in Paris over the last two weeks. Chronologically, other notable American results around the world included:

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