Dolphins News · Student-Athlete Spotlight: Padric Payne


Padric Payne- Senior at BCHS

Sports Played at Creek:

Football & Track

Who got you into the game of football and when did you start playing?

My dad got me into the game of football. I started playing when I was in elementary school. I played flag football for Upward until like 4th grade then I stopped playing football until 8th grade.

It is your senior year. How would you describe your time here at Battery Creek High School?

I’ve enjoyed every moment of being at Battery Creek. I have made lots of friends over the years. I have made friendships that will last forever. Most of the staff knows me so I can talk to them about anything important. There are even some staff members I can consider friends.  But there are some things I wish I could’ve done differently like being more active in the school my 9th and 10th grade years. Other than that it has been a blast.

Describe your experience as a high school student who takes classes at TCL (Technical College of the Lowcountry).

Doing classes at TCL is literally the greatest thing since sliced bread. I can set up my classes however I want, pick my teacher, and the time. I only have 2 classes a day and I don’t have class on Fridays. The work however is challenging. Most of the people in my classes are in their 20s & 30s so it is kind of hard to make friends and talk to them. Although I found out it is easier to get my work done because I don’t know anyone in my classes. The adults are talking about their kids or their spouse and I’m over here thinking about what I’m having for lunch.

If you could give your freshman self advice about high school, what would you tell him?

I would tell my freshman self to not wish my time away. Up until 11th grade I just wanted school to end and that is something you shouldn’t do. High school is a one-time thing and it will blow by if you want it too. You should be cherishing every moment of school because in a few years you will be missing it. You and your friends will go your separate ways once you go to college and you will be wishing you hadn’t had that mindset.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Right now I’m thinking about going to Coastal Carolina and majoring in Intelligence and National Security Studies. After college I am thinking about joining the Army because I believe before you exploit this country you must serve it.

What is your favorite quote?

Work hard in silence; let your success be your noise. – Frank Ocean