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Graduation: Kayla Coburn – New school for senior year turned out OK

By Sara Gregory
Salisbury Post
Kayla Coburn likes to have her cake and eat it. She also likes to make it.
One day, she dreams of opening her own bakery. That would be icing on the cake for the North Rowan High School senior.
“In 10 years, I hope to have my own bakery,” Coburn says. “I think it would be good to have a bakery in Salisbury.”
Coburn, who plans to study culinary arts at Central Piedmont Community College in the fall, will graduate this month after spending only one year at the school.
Her family moved to Salisbury from Indiana in April 2007. Transferring to a new school for her senior year was hard, Coburn says.
The move here meant she had to switch from the trimester schedule to a semester schedule, and she couldn’t play any more with her tennis partner since freshman year.
And at first, it was hard to make friends.
“If they haven’t talked to you since your freshman year they don’t want to talk to you,” Coburn says, adding that she’s now made some friends. “At my old school they’d talk to everyone.”
Coburn likes her teachers at North Rowan, though, and says she likes the smaller size of the school compared to what she’s heard of others.
She’s used to small. Salisbury is huge compared to her old one-stoplight town, Wolcottville. Coburn says she still gets lost in Salisbury sometimes.
“Growing up in a small town is really different,” she says. “I’m used to everybody knowing everybody.”
But while moving has been hard, Coburn says she still wants to stay in the area. She hopes to open the bakery with her younger sister.
The oldest of three siblings, Coburn lives with her mother and says she’s almost like a second parent to her brother and sister.Coburn says she’s always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes. As an intern in one of the school’s culinary classes and while working at Harris Teeter, she’s had a chance to practice.
“I like to cook it and eat it,” she says.
Contact Sara Gregory at 704-797-4257 or sgregory@salisburypost.com.

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