A 'Best of the Class' First for Gifted Student

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Each year the WSAZ Best of the Class event honors the best and the brightest students from our region.

You don't have to go far to find a future engineer, doctor, nurse, chemist -- even an educator.

Drake Grizzell is one of those future educators, but it is safe to say his aspirations are a Best of the Class first.

"I would love to be his Celtic history professor," Grizzell said.

From the music he plays on the piano to the Celtic Style of calligraphy writing he uses everyday to the Anglo-Saxon alphabet he uses to write in his journals -- even the buttons on his jacket that are Celtic knots -- the old world culture is very much a part of his future.

"It's just a story that is not told anymore. When you go through and you look at the history books you might see one or two words on the Celtic people and you see all the different things they contributed," Grizzell said.

After Grizzell graduates from Hannan High School in Mason County, W.Va., where he is the co-valedictorian, he will go on to Alice Loyd College. After that he's headed to study in Ireland and continue to pursue his dream.

Drake hopes to give a voice to a forgotten part of world history.

"They get completely and utterly left out, and the only reason for that is because the Romans were one of their sworn enemies, and when the Romans conquered everything they were destroyed," he said.

His mother Kimberly thought his interest in Celtic history would fade.

"I didn't think it would stay. as time went on I could see it was his passion, now I say you better stay with it because you won't be happy with anything else," Kimberly said.

Drake is actually his middle name. Keniston is his given name.

"It's a Welsh surname," Drake explained, saying it has Celtic roots. "The fact that my first name unknowingly is a Welsh surname is just fascinating."

Unexpected roots that he plans to learn more about each and every day.

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