The Man

Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

Edward Davis is the greatest person I’ve ever met. He’s always happy, he’s hilarious and he’s a caring person. Ever since the beginning of junior year he has sent me me texts every morning saying, “Good morning Kyle Smith,” and every night saying “Good night Kyle Smith.” He has never missed a day. 

He’s a true fan. A fan of all things Kayhi and the Seahawks. He knows all of the Seahawks players names, the teams schedule for the whole season, and where they play for each game, which is pretty impressive.

Edward and I have daily conversations about football. I joke around with him and ask him what team the Seahawks will lose to the upcoming week. I always tell him whoever the Seahawks are playing are my favorite team. He usually laughs and tells me there’s no way the Seahawks will lose, and when they win, I don’t hear the end of it until the next game.

There’s not one Kayhi basketball game, boys or girls, that I don’t see Edward sitting in the stands, smiling and talking it up with the ladies. He loves watching the games and socializing with everyone, he’s laughing and smiling the whole time.

But Edward not only cares about football and basketball, he also cares about the people around him.

After the Senior Carnival some friends and I were in the parking lot just about to call it a night when one of my friends got in his truck and started to drive away. Another kid just getting to the school wasn’t paying attention and ran into my friends truck. All of us went to check on my friend to make sure they were alright, and we called the police to report the accident. 

Within 2 minutes of us reporting the incident we each got a call from Edward, checking in to make sure everyone was safe and no one was hurt. We all asked each other, how he knew there was an accident? So we asked him.

“I heard your name on the police scanner,” he said, “I was just calling to make sure you were alright.”

Come senior night I will have to think of my favorite basketball memory. Usually this is a hard thing for people to think of, but not for me. My teammates will most likely have the same favorite memory from last night’s game against Petersburg.

The game started, we tip the ball, Marcus receives it, passes it to Chris who then gives it to Edward. He eyes the hoop, puts it up and boom. He hits it. First try.

The crowd went absolutely insane, screaming Edward’s name. I’d be surprised if there was anyone in the gym who didn’t tear up.  

Watching Edward catch the ball and drain a jumper on his first try is by far my favorite memory of my high school career. Leading up to his shot I pictured him draining it and the crowd going wild, but nothing will ever compare to actually witnessing it. It was perfect.

During halftime, the dance team performed to Edward’s favorite song, Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

He was sitting dead center of the bleachers dancing along, singing and clapping, he was living it up.

This night was by far one of the greatest things I have ever seen, everything about it was perfect. It couldn’t have gone any better, and I have never been so proud to be a part of this community as I was last night.

5 thoughts on “The Man”

  1. Thank you Kyle Smith and everyone involved. I was never so proud or happy as I was last night.
    Edward is my nephew, I always knew he was special to me but never in my wildest dreams did I realize he is special to others.
    Wow, what a night. What a year. What a game. What a great group of friends Edward has.

  2. The King is by far the kindest kid I have ever met and I’m proud to say that I’m the Kings aunty! I would love to come to his graduation and by golly, we will make room in our schedule to be there! Thank you so much for your kind words and I know he has a lot of friends and his favorite person was his papa Marvin in heaven! Merry Christmas and that video is the best gift ever! 🎄🎁

  3. As his uncle…Thank you to all involved! Everybody who took the time to help with those first 2 points…Generally, everybody who helps to make his time at Kayhi, enjoyable, to say the least. I always enjoy coming up from Anacortes to the Xmas classic. A highlight of my year. Again, thank you to the students, teachers and fans of Kayhi Kings.

  4. Thank you Kyle for this fine article. He has gone through so much in his 17 years. I am glad he has so many friends at Kayhi
    . I want to thank all the Coaches, basketball players, cheerleaders pep club and all his teaching staff.

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