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Fishing hooked this Flowery Branch senior a scholarship and lifelong friendships
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Flowery Branch's Avery Hammock - photo by Scott Rogers

Growing up, Avery Hammock was known as “that kid who goes fishing every day.”

Starting in middle school, Hammock would spend all his free time hitching up a johnboat to the back of a golf cart and driving it down to one of the many lakes in the Sterling on the Lake community to go fishing.

“It was just a pastime,” Hammock said. “Just something to do.”

In the years since, it’s become so much more for Hammock, a senior at Flowery Branch High School. 

Hammock was in eighth grade when he hatched the idea of starting a bass fishing team at Flowery Branch. His cousin was a member of the Jefferson High School fishing team, and together, along with a few other friends, they put together the plans to start the Flowery Branch High School Anglers.

Class of 2020

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“We got information on how to start a team and how to get kids to be a part of a team,” Hammock said. “It was something me and my buddies really enjoyed to do. We really loved to fish, and we wanted to open it up to everybody in my school.”

At 14, Hammock secured sponsorships for the team, picking up financial support from local businesses like Nichols Bodyshop, Oakwood Bait and Tackle, AVC Marine, Marine Klean and Outdoor Depot, among others. He also had to contact and coordinate with boat captains, so each of the group’s 10 teams of two fishermen would have everything they needed to compete. Hammock said he connected with several boat owners on Facebook who were willing to take kids out fishing for free if the scheduling lined up.

“We had a ton of support behind us in the community, and they were able to make this happen,” he said. 

Hammock’s love for fishing is even helping to pay for his higher education. 

Following a first-place outing with partner Brooks Anderson at the SAF Early Bird Open this January, Hammock got a call from Erskine College head bass fishing coach Ryan Teems with a scholarship offer to join the team. Hammock said 75% of his college schooling is being paid for through the sport he has loved since his middle school days. 

The news was overwhelming. 
“I was in shock at first,” he said. “I was just completely overjoyed and very thankful for the opportunity. It’s something that I’ve seen happen to people, but I never really thought it would be me in that situation.”

Hammock said his time with the FBHS Anglers has defined his high school experience. He’s learned lessons in leadership, time management and, of course, fishing. 

“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I learned how to connect with kids that have the same passion that I do. There’s not a ton of kids that love to fish, especially in Flowery Branch. But the ones that did, I learned how to connect with them, and I’ve made lifelong friends with them.”

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Flowery Branch's Avery Hammock - photo by Scott Rogers
Flowery Branch High School graduating seniors

Melisa Aguirre

Sophia Alexandra Ahumada

Carlos Alba

Bretta Lane Alexzulian

Kaylee Jamileth Alvarado

Gaberiel Merritt Anglin

Nermeen Arif

Andrew Mack Armstrong

Kamryn Jayde Arzillo

Adarius Germay Bailey

Courtney Mae Bailey

Dylan Wesley Bailey

Courtney Taylor Baker

Ethan Jo Baker

Alexis Caroline Ball

Alec James Baltus

Guadalupe Alexandra Barajas

Vincent Drake Barbee

Austin Glynn Barge

Joshua Tashad Barnette

Ashton Jade Baxter

Alejandra Yubisay Bayona Patino

Gordon Hinckley Beals

Isaiah Cai Beasley

Elizabeth Nancy Ann Bell

Elizabeth Benavides

Kayla Marie Bettis

Rachel Kathryn Biasi

Briona Lyn Bierkamp

Tessa Catherine Black

Andrew Keith Blackwell

Christopher Lee Blackwell

Chavalya Alandra Blithe

Edgar Bladimir Bonilla

Gavin Alexander Boone

Alexander Joseph Bourdage

Liam Patrick Boylan

Olivia Faith Bradford

Alexa Jo Bradley

Olivia Hope Braselton

Morgan Ashton Brick

Colby Bryant Brookshire

Jasmine Alexandria Brown

Sarah Elizabeth Brown

William Alexander Brown

Gabriella Lynn Bulford

Judson Ty Burney

Heaven Aaliyah Bush

Tania Gisselle Caceres

Uriel Flores Calderon

Alejandro Jose Campo

Mariana Cardona

Destinee Kierra Carley

Ashley Nicole Carmical

Julisa Carrillo

Rafay Muhammad Choudhry

Angel Choummanivong

Brianna Gabrielle Clark

Melanie Makenna Combs

Brennan Rhodes Compton

Joseph Allen James Cone

Lewis Angelo Costales

Megan Elizabeth Costello

Amy Grace Cox

Ricardo Antonio Cruz

Stephen Benjamin Cuellar

Anna-McKinley Dahlgren

Mallory Paige Darbe

Justin William Davis

Dylan Richard Day

Trevor Caleb Dayton

Yared De Anda

Jacqueline De La Cruz

Lydia Jane DeGraaf

Georgia Margaret Deitz

Victoria Delacruz

Nicholas Scott DeVeau

Chandler Chance Dial-Watson

Chezley Chase Dial-Watson

Nyah Ray Dominguez

Emma Renee Donham

Karigan Rogue Dougherty

Haley Sheree Driggers

Kimmi Meigui Dulaney

Kyleigh Breanne Dupree

Lauren Elizabeth Durling

Hannah June Easterday

Cameron Jacob Eaton

Idalys Naeily Elias

Micaela Faith Escamilla

Colby William Eskew

Carlos Daniel Espinoza

Samuel Benjamin Eubanks

Sydney Grace Eubanks

Halie Kadence Evans

Samuel Richard Evans

Andrea Holland Farmer

Blake Edward Faulkner

Diana Alexa Felix

Elizabeth Ferrer-Jimenez

Connor Owen Fishman

Cristina Isabel Flores

Karina Flores

Steven Arrington Folkers

Samuel David Foster

Rebekah Abigail Fountain

Olivia Leigh Fowler

Alan Joseph Fredrick

Elijah Andrew Gainey

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez

Wilson Garcia Gonzalez

Giana Marie Gelormino

Sydney Grace Gerrin

Carmen Isabella Gewin

Hayden Samuel Gilbert

Parker Griffin Girard

Alessandro Giovanni Godina

Geanpierre Gomez

Denise Gonzalez

Armando Gonzalez-Mireles

Madison Delaney Gould

Anna Katherine Grady

Megan Elizabeth Green

Kelsy Lynn Guardado

Jose Juan Guerrero Jr.

Joshua Gutierrez

Angelica Guzman

Grace Jameson Haag

Wandriona Catheya Hale

Kelley Marie Hamilton

Christopher Avery Hammock

Russell Daniel Hardy III

Abigail Susanne Hartter

Lisette Desiree Helton

Brandt Isaac Henderson

Kevin Wesley Herndon Jr.

Gunnar Michael Hetzel

Elise Suzanne Hiers

John Mikel Hill

Bradley Allen Hobgood

Susana Holguin

Andrew Spencer Holt

Jessica Anne Houston

Georgia Lee Howard

Logan Garrett Hulsey

Victoria Ruth Hunt

Patrick Christopher Hutson

Regan Ansley Hutton

Austin Daniel Thomas Ingram

Rebekah Paige Inman

Jillian Irvine

Julian James Issac

Allison Nicole Ivory

Dontavius Kentrell Jackson

Justin Amaru Jackson

Cameron Michael James

Gonzalo Antonio Jimenez

Jermaine Kenneth Johnson

Trystan Matthew Johnston

Angie Lenora Jones

Anna Maria Jones

Parker Thomas Jones

Alexis Ismael Juarez

James Karl Keat

Chelsea Ross Keller

Melanie Joy Keller

Chandler James Kenny

Justin Max Keopraseuth

Isabella Sophia Kezios

Avery Caroline Kiewert

Devin Lee Kimball

Lexus Paige King

Brealyn Paige Kocjan

Bella Vey Kronenberg

Jonathon Czeslaw Kubiak

Kenady Marie Kukowski

Brandon Lee Lackey

Steven Grant Lackey

Michael Jeremy Lacy

Ryan Edward Laplante

Baonhi Le

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Gabriella Leon

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Courtney Jordan Linn

McKenzie Lee Lively

Tai William Lizdas

Cameron James Locklear

Alexis Lea Logan

Karissa Marie Longo

Kelsey Elizabeth Lopreste

Brandon Evan Lord

Jefferson Thomas Lovette

Amelia Maclean Luciani

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Dyllan Nicole Overstreet

Emerald Rose Gatherer Owens

Jonathan Pacheco

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Parker William Pascoe

Jerry David Passmore

Liliana Paura

Douglas Antonio Pena Jr.

Adrianna Nicole Peppers

David Perez

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