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Top of the Morning, March 6, 2024

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On Wednesdays, we'll introduce the students who make up Year 8 of High School Confidential, powered by Danville Area Community College. Next up: Tuscola's Brayden Gough. Follow him on Snapchat and Instagram (@braydenjgo).

He's done pretty much everything in four productive years at Tuscola:

Homecoming king, National Honor Society president, Scholastic Bowl star, Rotary Student of the Month, three-time golf MVP and Sons of the American Revolution award winner to name a few.

But Brayden Gough's crowning achievement just might be fanning the pickleball flames in town.

Last summer, the avid player convinced organizers to include a pickleball tournament as part of the annual July 4th Sparks in the Park celebration. "They hold basketball tournaments, a 5K run and mud volleyball — I thought that others might share the same interest and liking of the game," he said. "That turned out to be true, as we had around 70 people show out. I had shirts made and even raised $1,000 in prize money. It wouldn't have gone so smoothly without the assistance of my friends and family who helped."

Brayden's headed to Vincennses (Ind.) University to play golf and study business. At Tuscola, he starred in both, even obtaining his Illinois insurance license and landing a job at John Davis State Farm in a town he loves: "The best part of living in Tuscola is the people that I have met and the support that they provide for the community. They are always happy to see others succeed."