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‘The Underdog’: Jackson High Schoolers Get Free Tickets for Thomas ‘Snacks’ Lee Documentary Premiere

Jackson State University alum Thomas “Snacks” Lee approaches the podium, about to dress the auditorium of Jackson Public High School seniors on Jackson State’s campus the morning of April 22. The historically Black college is hosting High School Day, inviting high-school seniors from the seven high schools in the Jackson area to visit campus and learn why Jackson State should be their college choice.

The energy in the room is a little stagnant compared to the intense energy from earlier when each high school fought for dominance to determine who could be the crunkest and loudest, so to bring the energy up, Lee places a bet.

“Everybody likes Cash App, right?” Lee asks the students.

“I need five people to walk to the front. If you can guess what high school I went to, you get a Cash App (prize),” he encourages.

The room erupts in a cacophony of sound, some students power-walking to the front of the stage for a chance at some money. Lee walks to the edge asking students one by one to guess which Jackson Public School he attended. A winner is crowned soon, a young woman from Lanier High School guessing the correct answer.

“I went to Provine,” Lee confirms after returning to the podium.

At Jackson State University’s High School Day on Monday, April 22, volunteers for Chosen Studios, who produced the documentary titled “The Underdog: The Story of Thomas ‘Snacks’ Lee,” passed out fliers with QR codes for high-school seniors to scan for free tickets to the May 3, 2024, screening at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Miss. Photo by Malcolm Morrow

He graduated from the school in 2015 and then began college at Jackson State University, graduating in 2020. Lee always wanted to be a part of a team, though he never played sports his entire life.

During his senior year at Jackson State, as the basketball team manager, he was allowed to check into the game. A video of Lee hitting a three pointer against University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff right after entering the game went viral, accumulating millions of

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