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A student to the rescue

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

If you’re one of those folks who is discouraged for whatever reason by today’s youth and seeming differences between them and previous generations, this story is just for you.

Mary Tanner Mitchell found herself in a jam last week while picking up her daughter from Emanuel County Institute. Then, a student came to her rescue.

“I ran over a screw on the way to pick up Charley and barely made it to the school in Twin City to get her,” the mother of two said. Meanwhile, her friend, Jamie Boatright had already gotten into her own car with her daughter, Lauren, because Mitchell wasn’t sure her tire would hold up for the remainder of the drive.

Thankfully, it did—but it wouldn’t have gotten her back to Swainsboro. What happened next is what she refers to someone—a youngster at that—being in the right place at the right time with all the right knowledge and, most importantly, a desire to help little ol’ her.

“Kendall Wiggins… He’s a student at ECI. Let me just tell you, he was my angel on earth. He changed my tire so fast and dirtied up his school pants, didn’t think twice about it,” she explained. “I really hope I raise kids like that. If you know him, pat him on the back and tell him just how wonderful he is, and shoutout to whoever is raising him right, too. You’re doing a wonderful job.”

The Chronicle did a little digging on Wiggins. As it turns out, he is a 17-year-old (just a few days shy of his 18th birthday) senior at ECI. A member of the golf team, his parents include Scott and Michelle Wiggins.

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