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Young Achiever's Spotlight- Mikey Ray

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KINGSVILLE, LA.- There's a teen here in CenLa who's taking his world-record strength to a new level.

News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to a teenage power-lifter in this week's 'Young Achiever's Spotlight.'

Tioga High School student Mikey Ray is only sixteen years old, but he's a young achiever who already holds a very powerful title.

He is the world record holder for bench pressing in the 114 pound weight class.

He lifted 225 pounds to set the record...a task he was doubtful about.

"I didn't think I was going to get it. I pretty much knew it wasn't going to happen," says Mikey.

It was at the national high school competition in Baton Rouge where Mikey lifted the weight...40 more pounds than he ever had before...and set the new world record.

"If you get two white lights you pass the lift. If you get two red lights you fail. I looked and there was a white light and a red light and I was looking to see what had happened. they put a red light and I jumped straight up in the air and gave him a hug," adds Mikey.

It was a moment that made everyone especially proud.

"Everybody was screaming. I was hoarse for two days. It was everything that a father put into a son," says Mikey's father Shawn Ray.

"He's one of those people in the world and that's rare that to whatever he puts his mind on he can be great at not just good but great," says his trainer Kalvin Hackney.

And as for his next big move? He is this year's top pick in his weight class to represent team USA at the world power lifting championship this November in Las Vegas.

Mikey has a big plans for what he hopes to accomplish there.

"I want to break the world record in bench press, squat, dead lifting, and the total record."

He's a young achiever whose sure to step into the spotlight under those Las Vegas lights...and far beyond.

"In power lifting I want to break all the teen records and I want to break the adult records as well when I'm a teen. Then, I want to go to the Olympics. My overall goal is to be a personal trainer, a body builder, and open my own gym," says Mikey.

Mikey also holds the titles of 2012 Louisiana, Texas, and United States Champion. He says he would like to thank everyone who has supported him in making it this far.

Between entry fees, uniforms, and travel costs the trip will be quite expensive for the family- about $6,000. So, if you would like to help Mikey and his family with funding for the trip email us at: news@kalb.com.

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