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High school senior Chad Thomas offered 150 college scholarships

High School Senior Chad Thomas Offered 150 College Scholarships
For many, college scholarships are hard to come by. But that's not the case for a Booker T. Washington high school senior with many talents. He's been offered 150 scholarships.

Chad Thomas is a talented football player, and he also plays nine instruments.

That's right, nine! He plays the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums! He's practically a one-man band. Thomas' football coach Tim Harris told the Miami Herald:

'I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all these instruments. Then he started playing them in front of me ... I was impressed.'

Thomas says he fell in love with music while listening to his late grandmother's gospel music. WFOR spoke with the teen, who says it was that gospel music that led him to his passion for various instruments.

'I just took it upon myself to learn how to play the instruments that I hear in the songs.'

WFOR says Thomas' grandma bought him a guitar and signed him up for piano lessons. By the age of 5, he was performing. But that's not Thomas' only talent - he's got skills with the pig skin, too.

'The 18-year-old helped lead his football team to back-to-back state championships and a national title this season.'

Thomas was offered scholarships for both football and music, and WFOR tells us he's chosen to pursue both.

'He's decided his future home is with the U as part of the football team and with the Frost School of Music.'

Thomas seems to be happy with his decision. Back in February he told the Miami Herald he's been throwin' up the University of Miami 'U' since the beginning of the season.

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Living Legend March 20 2014 at 10:44 PM

Nice to hear a good story about a high school student...

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jwyola March 20 2014 at 12:07 PM

Keep up the good work Mr. Thomas, but be careful. You have been endowed with many talents, and with those come much responsibility.

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jaguarpro1161 March 20 2014 at 12:07 PM

Such a wonderful story of a young man doing sports and music. So well rounded, smart, creative and athletic.

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sgard206 March 20 2014 at 12:14 PM

It's so nice to see a young man who seems to understand having a "back-up" plan to sports is very important. An athletic scholarship can open many doors, but physical capacity does dwindle with age and injury. Kids, always have a back-up plan.

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RETIRED LADY!! March 20 2014 at 12:24 PM

How nice to see a well-rounded young man. How amazing to see a school that still has a music program (or any of the Fine Arts). This scholar, musician, athlete will go far -- a role model for those with dreams and the 'get-go' to persue them. Kudos to you, Mr. Thomas!
Now I wonder who will be the first 'commenter' to make this story into something political (no, I haven't read the other comments yet).

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Josh March 20 2014 at 1:08 PM

Good luck young man... work hard and reap the benefits your Grandmother helped bestow on you.

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GENE Josh March 20 2014 at 1:36 PM

ya know,sittin here reading these comment's,you are the only one,who said anything good,im proud of him,most kid's these day's wouldnt do this,he is gonna become a great man!!
Glad to see some positive people in this screwed up world.

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jnwesner March 20 2014 at 1:11 PM

I missed the mention of his academic talents. I hope he has them; some universities really want their students to be, well, students. I wish him the best.

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Kate jnwesner March 20 2014 at 1:35 PM

Music schools like their students to be musicians, smile. I'm sure he'll be fine academically, because very few U's allow their sport scholarship students to maintain less than a certain GPA.

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johntangier jnwesner March 20 2014 at 1:42 PM


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rhair0907 March 20 2014 at 1:24 PM

Good luck, young man. You're off to a great start. Don't forget, hit the books!

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Kate March 20 2014 at 1:32 PM

Good for him! He better be careful of those hands, though, when he's on the field.

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Judge Davis March 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

To all of our young people in America: This young man chose to learn to play these instruments. Choose for success. DO NOT choose to just get a JOB. Get a career and be the absolute best at whatever you do.
Don't say or do anything you don't want posted on Facebook or want your parent(s) to know about. Make your family members proud.

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posthuf Judge Davis March 20 2014 at 11:58 AM

Key word here - "chose."
Government didn't do it for him. Didn't make him the successes he is. HE did it himself!

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