Busy Sam Dixon prepares now for medical career

A mission to heal

By RICK WATSON
Posted 5/16/19

SUMITON – Sam Dixon has been busy at Sumiton Christian School. He was in the SGA for a year, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and the Eagle Emissaries which is a service organization. He worked …

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Busy Sam Dixon prepares now for medical career

A mission to heal

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SUMITON – Sam Dixon has been busy at Sumiton Christian School.

He was in the SGA for a year, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and the Eagle Emissaries which is a service organization. He worked on the bus ministry for the church, and can food drives for the needy. But the senior’s time at Sumiton Christian is winding down, and he has his sights set on a career in medicine.

Dixon is familiar with the medical field, as both his parents work in medicine. Dr. Scott Dixon is a physician at Premier Health Center in Dora and his mother Becky works at the facility as a registered nurse. Both his parents have been mentors, according to Dixon.

After graduation, Dixon plans to take some time off and vacation in Hawaii. After the holiday, he wants to shadow some local physicians to get a feel for the work they do. His parents support his decision to go into medicine, but they want him to be sure because of all it will take to become a doctor. 

Dixon’s favorite sport is baseball and he pitched for the Eagles. His best pitch is a fastball. “I’m a lefty, so it (the ball) moves a lot,” he said.  When he’s not pitching, he plays in the outfield.

One of the most valuable things he’s learned in school so far is: “Push through and don’t give up when things get hard,” Dixon said.

His favorite life quote is one by Michael Jordan – “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Dixon said he loves to read. Some of his favorite books at the moment are the Harry Potter books. He also enjoys learning new things.

How would Dixon’s friends describe him? He was quick to say reliable. “I feel like I’m always the person who is there for everybody,” he said. “If they need something, I will always be there.”

He’s leaning toward becoming an emergency room doctor and later, when he’s older, have his own clinic.

Dixon has two older sisters. One sister is about to graduate from law school, and the other one is an engineer.

The faculty weighed in on Dixon’s time at Sumiton Christian.

“Sam has been a great part of our program over the years. He has been one of the most dependable and solid players we have had. He is one of those kids that makes coaching easy and worthwhile,” coach Lance Blair said.

“Sam is a wonderful young man of character and belief,” said Joe Timmons, who is one of Dixon’s teachers. “He is an amazing student academically, athletically, and personally,” he said. His servant spirit is obvious to family and friends, according to Timmons.

“Sam is an excellent student and athlete,” Sumiton Christian principal Cheryl Capps said.  “He works hard and excels in all that he sets out to accomplish."

But Sam's strength is that he truly has a servant's heart, according to Capps.

“He enjoys helping and ministering to others, whether it is unloading the food truck, loading sacks of food, collecting food, or spending time with underprivileged children. He truly loves serving others,” she said. “He is a wonderful Christian young man, and we are proud that he is a student of Sumiton Christian School.”