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A hillbilly music song written by a local high school student is getting national attention.
With just weeks before graduation, Fleming Island High School senior Jaime Atkins says the song is meant to encourage students to take a step back and
soak in these final moments of the school year.
"I'm excited about the future, but it's a little sad," Atkins said. Atkins wrote the song, called 'Senior Year', in November. He first performed it at Mr. Fleming Island High in December, and says he was shocked at the feedback he received."I got up there and I did it on the acoustic guitar and just, everybody that was there that night and heard it, they're like, you've got got to get in the studio. You've got to record this," he said.
Atkins won the competition and decided to take his song to the big screen.
Last month, he was able to shoot a music video for the song on campus with the help of faculty, the Clay County Sheriff's Office, and his fellow classmates. "We came here and stared filming at 6:30 p.m. and didn't wrap up until 2 a.m.," he said.
The now viral music video has thousands of views on YouTube. "It happened almost over night, you know? We posted that thing up and it started going around Facebook and I looked it up the next day and it was at 6,000 in I think 10 hours or something like that," he said.
The song focuses on the memories the graduating class of 2016 has made. He says while it's tough to close one chapter, this song is something they'll always have to remind them of the fun times they had at Fleming Island High.
Jaime is heading to Delta State University in Mississippi to major in entertainment industry studies.
Lisa Robbins, WTLV