A WALK WITH A HAWK...FEATURING: PAUL JERRY
Oct. 18, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — Paul Jerry is the true definition of a renaissance man. The UMES Senior is an Applied Design Major, on the cross country team, a youth leader, an actor who has appeared in a commercial with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, performed on 106th & Park Wild Out Wednesdays, traveled to Europe with Team USA for an international boxing fight, and spoke before the State Senate and successfully raised money for the reconstruction of a Historic Museum.
Oh…and did I mention he’s on the dean’s list with a 4.0 GPA? Needless to say, Paul is a man of many talents.
A Washington D.C. native and King George High School graduate, Paul decided to skip out of possibly attending Harvard to attend UMES, following in the footsteps of his adoptive father, Cpl. Anthony Eric Murrill, a.k.a. “Mr. Metro Man.” According to Paul, Mr. Metro Man “helped me to become assertive and gave me the courage to even compete in a sport, because I thought I was too small to play anything.” Paul continues by saying Mr. Metro Man “is my life coach, trainer, motivator and my promoter.”
The teachings of Mr. Metro Man has transformed into from a timid child to an outgoing, personable young man with big dreams for the future. Accomplishments as vast as the ones listed in the first paragraph are enough to form a full résumé, but for Paul, he is just getting started. In fact, his career aspirations are as diverse as his accomplishments; hoping one day to work for the CIA, open his own art studio, and even venturing into authoring and acting.
But first, he has to graduate college. In the meantime, you might catch up with Paul on the UMES campus, where he has earned three top finishes on the cross country team this season. He will also be competing in the MEAC Cross Country Championships, hosted by UMES on October 26th.
However, Paul also has a passion for boxing, spending time in Ireland with Team USA, and Paul hopes to qualify for the USA Olympic Team at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. His ambition for boxing also comes from his mentor Mr. Metro Man. “He’s been with me through thick and thin from my days of preparing for states in Maryland and Virginia for wrestling, to traveling overseas to box in international fights.”
Despite his ambitious nature and big dreams for the future, Paul also is very happy living in the present. Paul describes UMES as “one big family”, and that “a lot of Hawks will always see me smiling, on the go somewhere, or talking.” Once you get to know him, you will find a young man destined for leadership. Not only has Paul served in a leadership role at his fraternity on campus, he also works for an outreach organization called X2rep, designed to bridge the communication gap between adults and youth and to mentor at-risk youth and empower them to have positive, healthy choices, according to the organization’s website. Who got Paul involved in this organization? You guessed it—Mr. Metro Man. In fact, Cpl. Murrill, a former Prince George’s County corrections officer, founded X2rep in order to reach young adults before making destructive decisions that could negatively impact their lifestyle.
So, what’s the secret to Paul’s positive energy and long list of accomplishments? Paul tries to be “always hyped, always hungry, always humble and always ready”, and by “being taught to be proactive instead of reactive.” With the backing of his mentor, Mr. Metro Man, Paul is off to a great start, with bright prospects for the future.