The end of May is typically filled with smiling, happy high school seniors looking forward to their next step in life, and celebrate graduation. For Southwest Onslow High School, they are left in mourning as one of their own has died, drowning while swimming with friends.
Star QB Shak Pershey was found 2am Friday morning, after he was reported missing at 7pm the night prior off the coast of North Topsail Beach. Pershey was a well liked student, who led his school to a 1-AA state championship during his senior year.
According to Yahoo Sports, Pershey passed for 1,149 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 929 yards and 18 touchdowns. Pershey played both sides of the ball and came up with five interceptions on defense, along 73 tackles. He also returned kicks on special team, taking back 3 for touchdowns.
Along with his athletic prowess, those who have spoke of his memory have mentioned the young man's character and how he was loved by all of those in his community. He had plans to attend Chowan University after graduation.