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High school mourns loss of student role model

Posted July 15, 2008

— Granville Central High School is grieving the loss of a student who died in Saturday in an ATV wreck near Elizabeth City.

Trevor Guess, who was also the captain of the school's football team, was one of the first students to attend the school, when it opened last August.

School officials say he was influential in setting the tone of the school and made an impact that will be felt for generations to come.

"People wanted to be around him, and that was a good stabling block for us," said Granville Central's athletic director, Barry Moore.

As football captain, Guess would have started this season as a quarterback and middle line backer.

The football team is now practicing without him.

"They are just sort of going through the motions, right now," Moore said.

That's indicative of what is happening all over the school right now, Assistant Principal Jeannie Roberson said.

"It is going to be a loss, and even though it's happening in the summer, we are going to feel it when they (students) come back to school," Roberson said.

Roberson said that is because Guess was a role model for many students with his respect for teachers, warm personality and quick wit.

"He called himself my bodyguard, and that's the one thing I'll always remember," she said. "Every time I'd go out to the buses, he'd say, 'Can I walk you out to the buses, Mrs. Roberson? I'm your bodyguard.'"

Guess is the first student the school has lost.

"We'll miss him," Moore said. "We will definitely miss him."

Guess's funeral on Wednesday will have a police escort. His father is a Durham police officer.

ATV riders from across the country are expected to also pay tribute with a ride in his memory.


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  • harristm Jul 21, 2008

    I was Trevor's fifth grade teacher. What I remember is a dedicated kid. Dedicated to his academics and to his family. He worked hard and was successful. He was always happy and helpful. I saw him come to his niece's t-ball games to cheer her on. He did the same for his nephew. He watched his mother battle cancer and win. He was a great kid and will be missed by all whose life he touched.

  • l-rae17 Jul 16, 2008

    So many tragedies have hit Granville County this past couple of years - it's a different feeling, because you know everyone around in a small town. And every single young person that has died in the past 2 years, I mean EVERY - was one of the most outstanding young people you could ever meet. All taken way too young. They wouldn't life flight him, so he probably didn't feel a thing, we hope. Such an amazing young man.

    Rest in peace Trevor, Anna, Linsay, Maggie, Julia, Dante, and all the others who left their mark on the world during their short time on Earth. We love you.

    And weedy - shame on you.

  • wraltv Jul 16, 2008

    Quoting "How does playing football or sports in general make you a role model? OJ played football. weedy6969007"

    It doesn't, but if that's all you took away from this article, you missed A LOT! He had much more said about him that showed great character: respect for teachers, polite and personable, respected.

    Look for the positive things he brought to people's lives, though playing sports gives people a platform, not just bad examples. As in this young man's case, he used his role as an opportunity to have a positive influence on the people around him.


    How does playing football or sports in general make you a role model? OJ played football.

  • staycie68 Jul 16, 2008

    Him and his twin brother were on an ATV racing team and they were at a meet. He went over the embankment and hit a brick wall, some have said that the atv then landed on him, some say he died instanly, not sure...
    Just please remember his brother, he was right behide his brother when it happend. He also has a girlfriend that needs prayers too.

    Today, Tomorrow, and For always keeping his memory alive......

    May God Bless the Guess Family

  • something2say Jul 16, 2008

    too young! He seemed to have quite a bit going for him. I am sure he will be missed! We need more good positive roll models!

    Prayers for his friends, family and school!

  • xarabee Jul 16, 2008

    so sad. does anyone know exactly what happened? did the atv roll over on him?

  • scarletindurham Jul 16, 2008

    Aw he looks like he was such a good kid. I didn't know him but this makes me really sad.

  • Cookiemonster Jul 16, 2008

    This is so sad.

    Praying for the family.

  • volleyballqueen75 Jul 16, 2008

    R.I.P Daredevil

    ima miss you so much buddy!
    i love you
    and church isn't going to be the same.
    i loveyou trevor!

    please pray for trevor,his family,girlfriend,and friends