Arketa Banks Makes the Plays and Grades at Warren County High
Posted October 27, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST
WARRENTON — Warren County High School is in the midst of an undefeated football season, and a lot of credit has to go to senior quarterback Arketa Banks.
Banks is also a starting defensive back. Eagles coach Morton Jones says Banks makes things happen at any position.
"He's probably one of the most versatile athletes we have ever had in Warren County," Jones said. "He can make a play out of nothing. For example, last week there was a bad pitch on the ground, he ran back picked up the ball and gained 25 yards - not many people can do that."
Banks is a leader on the field and off the field. He is a honor student, a member of the National Honor Society and president of the senior class.
"Arketa is probably what you would call your dream student," teacher Susan Dickens said. "He comes to class on time and always does what he is supposed to do. I never, never have to ask him if he has done his work because you know he has."
"I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated," Banks said. "Some people always say that I am the bossy type, but I just want things to get done the right way. I have a brother and two sisters and they really look up to me as their big brother. I try to show them the way things should be done right."
"He's just a role model and a leader," Dickens said. "There's just not a better kid."
"You just can't do anything but like him," Jones said. "He's very down to earth and very honest."
Arketa Banks of Warren County High School is this weeks winner of the Extra Effort Award.