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All-County Scholars

These students have been named the Salisbury Post’s All-County Scholars for 2013. Members are chosen by their schools’ guidance departments based on grade point average, SAT score and class rank.

• Paul Christopher McNeely of Salisbury, son of Chris and Carol McNeely.

Clubs and sports: National Honor Society, Key Club, Physics Club, International Club, Junior Civitan Club, Spanish Club, junior varsity soccer, tennis, church league basketball.

Volunteer work: Mission trip to New Orleans, mission trip to St. Croix, Kiwanis Pancake Festival.

Extracurriculars and honors: St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth Group, Boy Scouts Troop 443, Venture Crew 443, Eagle Scout, AP Scholar with Distinction, Honor Roll, Graduating from the Academy of Math and Science with Distinction, Mayor’s Award, PTSA Scholar, Rotary Scholar.

Advice to freshmen: Work hard through high school so that you can find what you are interested in and take advantage of every opportunity.

Favorite high school memory: Backpacking in Philmont, N.M.

Proudest high school moment: When I received my Eagle Scout award.

If I had $10 million, I would: Travel the world with a few friends, donate to charity and buy an island.

• W. Brock Overcash of Salisbury, son of Bryan and Meredith Overcash.

Clubs and sports: varsity soccer, varsity tennis, indoor track, National Honor Society, Junior Civitan Club treasurer, Key Club president, Student Government, Spanish Club.

Volunteer work: Media volunteer for First Baptist Church, Kiwanis Pancake Festival, Historic October Tour, Raising South Sudan Project, Rowan Helping Ministries, mission trips with First Baptist Church to Honduras and the Navajo Reservation, New Mexico and Kanakuk CIT.

Extracurriculars and honors: Valedictorian, Elsie B. King Valedictorian Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, All County Scholar, Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship Finalist, 2013 Jack Campbell Scholar Athlete Award for highest GPA and letters, 2013 Bob Pharr Award for Citizenship and Leadership in Athletics and Academics, 2013 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, 2013 Salisbury Rotary Club Mort Lerner Civitan Scholarship Award, NC Scholar Award, 2013 Mayor’s Award, Salisbury High School Academy Scholar with Distinction, US Air Force Science and Math Award, 2013 Men’s Soccer Coaches Award, CCC Soccer All-Conference and All-Region, 2013 Men’s Tennis Coaches Award, All County Tennis Award, CCC Tennis All-Conference Award, County Tennis Player of the Year, First Runner-up for Conference Tennis Player of the Year, Camp Kanakuk Victor’s Crown Award.

Advice to freshmen: You can do what you love and get good grades. Just be prepared to sleep a lot less! And most importantly, live with integrity, be kind and make a difference in someone’s life.

Favorite high school memory: Winning the state championship in soccer.

Proudest high school moment: Earning valedictorian.

If I had $10 million, I would: Invest, donate to charities and start my own company.

• Katelyn Shull Storey of Salisbury, daughter of Andy and Diana Storey.

Clubs and sports: Indoor track, outdoor track, National Honor Society president, Latin Club, Key Club, Junior Civitan Club, Spanish Club, International Club.

Volunteer work: Sacred Heart Catholic School assistant tennis coach, ran two marathons raising over $7000 for First United Methodist Church building fund and music fund, Historic Salisbury Foundation October Tour guide.

Extracurriculars and honors: City of Salisbury Mayor’s Award, N.C. Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Salisbury High School Academy of Math and Science (Academy Scholar with Distinction), National Merit Qualifier, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Assured Admit Program, William S. Ludwig Award (Most Outstanding Female Athlete), Jack Campbell Scholar Athlete Award (highest GPA and at least six varsity letters), Salisbury Rotary Club Award for Outstanding Contributions to Athletics, Scholar Athlete, Tennis All Conference and Conference Player of the Year, Tennis All County and County Player of the Year, Tennis All Region and All State, tennis team captain, Cross Country All Conference and All County, Patrick Virtue Outward Bound Scholarship Recipient, Clifford Peeler Humanitarian, Salisbury Civitan Club Scholarship, Sacred Heart Catholic School PTO Scholarship, Jack Campbell Memorial Scholarship, UNC Summer Study Abroad Fellowship.

Advice to freshmen: Play a sport no matter what your skill level, because your teammates will become some of your first and best friends that you will have throughout the rest of high school.

Favorite high school memory: Competing for two state championships in the same day, and winning the tennis state championship and coming in third for cross-country.

Proudest high school moment: Being awarded tennis and cross-country M.V.P, the Jack Campbell Scholar Award, and the William S. Ludwig Award at the athletic banquet this year.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay off college and any debts for my family, donate some, save some, and build my dream house at the lake.

• Alexander Riggs Wimmer of Salisbury, son of Amy and Mark Wimmer.

Clubs and sports: Spanish Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Junior Rotarian, Cross Country Team.

Volunteer work: Volunteer at Rowan Helping Ministries’ Food Pantry, Camp Discovery, First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School.

Extracurriculars and honors: Play the piano, Boys State, National Merit Qualifier, AP Scholar with Distinction.

Advice to freshmen: Be your own motivator and do the extra work.

Favorite high school memory: Winning the Vortex Cannon Competition in AP Physics.

Proudest high school moment: Getting an “A” in AP Environmental Science.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay for my college tuition, travel the world, and put the rest into savings.

• Taylor Renae Barringer of China Grove, daughter of Chris and Tina Barringer.

Clubs and sports: National Honors Society, Student Government, Leadership Committee, varsity swim team captain, junior varsity basketball, junior varsity and varsity volleyball.

Volunteer work: Coached a volleyball team for girls in middle school, other volunteer work done through National Honor Society.

Extracurriculars and honors: Morehead Nominee, AP Scholar.

Advice to freshmen: Branch out and meet new people, because old friends will change and new friends will only be better. It is also helpful to keep good relationships with everyone you can.

Favorite high school memory: Senior prom night!

Proudest high school moment: Getting accepted to UNC Chapel Hill.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay my own college tuition and buy an island.

• Jacob Lloyd Fink of Salisbury, son of Dwayne and Catherine Fink

Clubs and sports: Cross country, baseball, track (indoor and outdoor), swimming, Student Council, National Honor Society, Junior Civitan Club, Jesse Carson Leadership Team, School Improvement Team.

Volunteer work: Work at Rowan Helping Ministries, Grace Lutheran Church youth projects, ELCA mission trips, Junior Civitan projects, “Be The Change” project in Carson’s Contemporary Studies class.

Extracurriculars and Honors: Church Youth Group, Co-Student Body President, President of Junior Civitans, President of Youth Group, All County and All Conference in Cross Country, All County and All Conference in Outdoor Track, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, “A” Honor Roll, Junior Marshal.

Advice to freshmen: Get involved with everything you can – clubs or sports – while in high school. You will make friends and memories you will never forget.

Favorite high school memory: Having my dad as a teacher and a coach in high school.

Proudest high school moment: Being on Carson’s first ever men’s conference championship team.

If I had $10 million, I would: Save some, give some to my family and to charities and pay for college.

• Zahra Celeste Khan of China Grove. Guardians are Barbara and Allen Welter.

Clubs and sports: National Honor Society Historian, Drama Club, National Thespian Honors Society.

Volunteer work: Volunteer at the American Legion Post 146 for almost six years, volunteer in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Explorers, volunteer pilot in the EAA Young Eagles Program (introducing aviation to youth), counselor at A.S.C.E.N.D. aviation camp at the Rowan County Airport, participant in Rowan County’s very first Girls for Change event (aided in the repair of a local house).

Extracurriculars and honors: Pilot (183 hours).

Advice to freshmen: Do something. Don’t be afraid to sign up for that Honors class or try out for that team. Challenge yourself, or else you might not improve. No regrets, right?

Favorite high school memory: The opening night of Footloose. The show was sold out and the energy was growing as we (the cast) stood in the warm up circle. Being a part of something bigger was such a delight. It was the feeling of being in an ensemble.

Proudest high school moment: On March 22, 2012, my 17th birthday and the day I received my Private Pilot License.

If I had $10 million, I would: Put the money in a savings account, using the interest to pay for the remainder of my education, invest a portion in rental properties and use the rest to support Doc Hendley’s Wine to Water Foundation and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

• Nickolas James Thornton of Salisbury, son of Laura and Darryl Thornton.

Clubs and sports: Student Council, Carson Leadership Team, Arts Academy, National Honors Society, varsity cross country, varsity outdoor track, varsity indoor track, varsity swimming.

Volunteer work: Special Olympics, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, Packages for Troops, Links for Life, blood drive, peer tutoring.

Extracurriculars and honors: Co-Student Body President, North Carolina Governor’s School attendee for mathematics, Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, Broyhill Leadership Conference, Project Uplift at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Junior Marshal, AP Scholar with Honors, All County Band, All County and All Conference for Cross Country, Captain for Cross Country Indoor Track and Outdoor Track, Chemistry Student of the Year, Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award.

Advice to freshmen: Don’t let your schooling get in the way of your education; while many of the things that you are taught in the classroom are valuable the most important information is often found through experiences.

Favorite high school memory: Every moment that I had with my cross country team from my first day of practice at the end of my freshman year to the very last race we had. We were like a giant family; from the arguments to the moments of pure bliss we were all there for each other and we all put the team first and foremost.

Proudest high school moment: Opening a tab on my computer and logging into my Penn Portal. I was so excited about getting into the University of Pennsylvania and their Wharton School Of Business that I spent the next hour calling everyone that has supported me throughout my high school years and telling them about the great news.

If I had $10 million, I would: Reserve half of it for personal use and put the other half towards opening a free, county-wide after-school enrichment program so that all children would have access to the tools and help that are necessary for their development into intellectuals, leaders and humanitarians.

• William Nelson Robertson of Salisbury, son of Nelson and Ellen Robertson.

Clubs and sports: Football, wrestling, track, tennis, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Advisory Committee.

Volunteer work: Various mission trips with Central United Methodist Church Youth Group, help with camps and tournaments for Rowan County Youth Wrestling.

Extracurriculars and Honors: Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout).

Advice to freshmen: “Do” high school, don’t just watch it go by.

Favorite high school memory: The day the announcement was made that Coach Nixon would be the head football coach at North.

Proudest high school moment: Being a two-time state wrestling champion.

If I had $10 million, I would: Take advantage of the opportunity it would give me to put my stamp on the world.

• William Alexander Gilland of Salisbury, son of Kevin and Dawn Gilland.

Clubs and sports: North Rowan High School Audio Visual Organization president, marching band (drum major, mellophone captain), Glee Club/Show Choir, Key Club, SGA historian, National Honor Society, several church youth organizations involving Central United Methodist Church and Bethel United Methodist Church.

Volunteer work: Class of 2013 Valedictorian, Chief Junior Marshall 2012, USC Honors Band, UNC Greensboro Honors Band, Rowan County All County Band, First Chair French Horn.

Extracurriculars and honors: Bethel United Methodist Church audio visual technician, DJ for local community events (such as Arbor Day celebration at Spencer Ball Park), Rowan County Special Olympics, employed at WSTP 1490 and Dan Nicholas Park, mission trips with Central United Methodist Youth 2010-2011 to Tennessee and South Carolina, volunteer ensemble participant at Bethel United Methodist Church, annual VBS assistant, Key Club fundraisers (Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Boys and Girls Homes of Lake Wacamaw), volunteer at the Norvell Children’s Theater with Key Club, CROP Walk, Bethel United Methodist Car, Tractor and Motorcycle Show.

Advice to freshmen: Take the classes that you need to take – the ones that will most benefit you and what you wish to accomplish in life. Take responsibility for yourself and your future, because how they turn out depends on these next four years. Buckle down and strive to show everyone around you what you are capable of, not what you will settle for, and not whatever the norm is. Have fun, make memories, make mistakes, and enjoy the way friends and teachers will touch your life.

Favorite high school memory: Standing onstage with my friends after the final Glee Club performance at the final chorus concert of senior year, though standing and conducting the marching band for the last time as drum major also cuts it very close.

Proudest high school moment: Receiving my valedictorian medal at the senior awards ceremony, and when during the 2012 marching season band camp, the entire band came into one classroom, grouped around me, and played the entire field show as I conducted from the center of the room.

If I had $10 million, I would: Ration at least 15 percent of the money to my home church, Bethel United Methodist; assist my family members in paying off bills and ensure my grandparents didn’t have anything to worry about; either purchase enough textbooks for my high school so that each student can have their own, or establish a scholarship that would help a student accomplish their college dreams; donate the rest to charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Rowan Helping Ministries.

• Micah Eli Bostian of Gold Hill, son of Myron Bostian and Lineta Coren Bostian.

Clubs and sports: Junior Civitan Club, Sigma Phi Gamma Science Club, Student Council.

Volunteer work: Church lawn maintenance, canned food drive volunteer, stuffed animal drive volunteer, Bingo caller and volunteer at The Meadows of Rockwell Retirement Center.

Extracurriculars and honors: National Merit Scholar Finalist, Boys State Delegate, East Rowan Junior Marshal, Sigma Phi Gamma Vice President, North Carolina AP Scholar, Rowan County Veterans American History Award, National Society of High School Scholars member, four-year Granite Quarry Civitan Academic Scholar, four-year East Rowan Honor Roll Student, Sweetheart Court King, Future Einstein senior superlative, Zion United Methodist Church usher and acolyte.

Advice to freshmen: Swallow your pride and GPA fears and take a Speech and Debate course. In almost every class you will find yourself needing the speech techniques that this single course requires you to develop, and the traditional debate procedures from the class will prepare you for effective arguments with anyone.

Favorite high school memory: While I thoroughly enjoyed absorbing as much information as I could from Honors and AP Chemistry, Drafting I, II and III and AP US History, I cannot forget the crazy lunchtime debates in which my friends and I always became way too involved.

Proudest high school moment: Receiving the Honors and Milton Rose scholarships from Pfeiffer University.

If I had $10 million, I would: Place it in a savings account, draw interest and save what interest I could to start a small business and create jobs in my area.

• Allison Niccole Brindle of Gold Hill, daughter of Jeffrey and Wendy Brindle.

Clubs and sports: Junior Civitan Club president, National Honor Society junior representative, SADD, DREAM Team, Younglife, varsity competition cheerleading captain, varsity women’s soccer, varsity track and field.

Volunteer work: Volunteer at Charlotte Men’s Shelter, volunteer in programs to fight childhood obesity locally, participate in peer tutoring program, raise funds and donate care packages for Nazarene Missionaries, teach toddler-age children at church, visit Abundant Living, donate Valentine’s baskets to the battered women’s shelter, serve at the annual East Rowan Project Unify Dance, volunteer at Granite Quarry Elementary for Read Across America, volunteer at a local clothing drive, numerous other service projects.

Extracurriculars and honors: Concord Church of the Nazarene Youth Group, Miss Junior Civitan 2011-2012, Miss Rowan County Veteran 2012, Miss East Rowan, N.C. Jaycees Top Five Outstanding Teen Award, Broyhill Leadership Conference Attendee, Student Athlete Summer Institute Attendee, AP Scholar, Chief Junior Marshal, Outstanding Senior, Scholar Athlete, Civitan Scholar, “A” Honor Roll.

Advice to freshmen: As a freshman, don’t be afraid to get involved. Try a lot of new things, but do not overwhelm yourself. Enjoy every second of high school, even the long nights of homework, because one day you will want it all back.

Favorite high school memory: Cheering on the sidelines at Friday night football games and at pep rallies, knowing that the fans and the student section are cheering right along with me! I am thankful to have attended a small-town high school where everybody truly cherishes these moments.

Proudest high school moment: I cannot choose just one because I am always proud to represent my school whether it be on homecoming court, in a scholarship competition, participating in a pageant for charity, cheering on the Mustangs or just making an “A” on a test in class. I hope that I have always set a good, Christ-like example for my peers.

If I had $10 million, I would: Go all the way through medical school free from debt, and give to my church, family and those in need. Of course, I would satisfy my shoe and pocketbook obsession along the way!

• Amy Nachette Shank of Salisbury, daughter of Charles and Barbara Shank.

Clubs and sports: Junior varsity cheerleading, varsity and competition cheerleading, Varsity Soccer, Student Council, Executive Council, Student Body Secretary, Student Body President, Junior Civitan, Drafting Club, Drafting Club Co-President, SASI/Dream Team, National Honor Society, Sigma Phi Gamma.

Volunteer work: Tutor in school and in community, Rowan Helping Ministries, Angel Tree Projects, helped start a clothing closet at East Rowan, lead a “Teddy Bear Toss” toy donation for Christmas presents for children.

Extracurriculars and honors: Bible School Teacher, Youth Service Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Service Award, Civitan Scholar, Granite Quarry Junior Civitan of the Year, Junior Marshal, Tar Heel Girls State Representative Faith Legion Auxiliary, East Rowan High School Presidential Scholar 2012-13, Rowan County Presidential Scholar 2012-13, Homecoming Court Representative.

Advice to freshmen: Never take a single breath for granted – neither yours nor anyone else’s. Never depend on time to wait for you, or for other people. Make the most of every second and realize the impact you have on people, immediately. Recognize the importance of other people in your life. Take advantage of your education – it is an opportunity of endless possibilities.

Favorite high school memory: The entire football season this year. We started out our Fridays singing the fight song over the announcements – the whole school joined in. In the afternoons, thanks to the band and the vice principals, the band marched the hallways playing East Rowan’s fight song. They would lead the entire student body to the football field or gym for a pep rally where something hilarious was bound to happen.

Proudest high school moment: Looking up into the stands at homecoming 2012 and seeing hundreds of fans wearing red white and blue, and singing the East Rowan fight song, watching the craziest team in Rowan County take the field in red, while standing beside some of the best friends I will ever have.

If I had $10 million, I would: Give half to Christiana Lutheran Church; give a portion to Rowan Helping Ministries for their new facilities; establish several scholarships at East Rowan so that nobody has to fill out as many scholarship applications as I have; donate money to my high school for actual textbooks; pay for my college and my siblings’, nieces’ and nephews’ schooling; get my pilot’s license; and get my parents a boat.

• Anna-Leigh Shuping of Salisbury, daughter of Jody and Kim Shuping.

Clubs and sports: National Honor Society, Junior Civitan, Sigma Phi Gamma, Student Council, golf, swimming.

Volunteer work: East Rowan Booster Club Oyster Roast Take-Out Coordinator, Rowan County St. Jude’s Walk-A-Thon Co-coordinator, made treat bags for the Town of Granite Quarry, volunteer at the Granite Quarry Easter Egg Hunt, collected supplies for battered women’s shelter, homeless shelter, Relay for Life, Adopt-A-Highway.

Extracurriculars and honors: Girl Scouts for 13 years (Gold, Silver and Bronze awards), Venture Scouts (Gold, Silver and Bronze awards), Wittenberg Lutheran Church Youth, Hand Bell Choir, Piano, Teens Encounter Christ, AP Scholar with Honors, Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award, Scholar Athlete for four years, Civitan Scholar for four years, God and Life and God and Church religious awards, Children of the Confederacy Honorary President Division, Swimming Team Captain, All-County Swimmer, All-Conference Swimmer, State Championship Finalist Swimmer, regional qualifier, school record holder, Golf Team Coach’s Award, Summer Ventures of Math and Science Participant, National Piano Guild Member.

Advice to freshmen: Study hard and live large; high school only lasts four years.

Favorite high school memory: The 2013 football season, from the parades through the hallways to singing the fight song in the student section.

Proudest high school moment: Receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award.

If I had $10 million, I would: Invest $2 million, live off the interest and use the other $8 million to establish trusts and scholarships to give back to my community.

• Seth Brown of China Grove, son of Steve and Denise Brown.

Clubs and sports: Youth Commission International, National Honors Society, FFA, Junior Civitan Club, Interact Club, Student Council, Swimming, Drafting Club.

Volunteer work: Blood Drive (four times), Service South Rowan, help with Main Street Mission, help with Rowan Helping Ministries, Meal of Hope, National Honor Society service projects.

Extracurriculars and honors: Church, chess tutoring at middle school, State Chess Tournament, Junior Marshal, eight-time academic letter recipient, two-time county and conference champion swim team, Outstanding Christian Leadership Eagle Award nominee.

Advice to freshmen: Make big friends early so you don’t have to worry about bullies.

Favorite high school memory: Senior prom.

Proudest high school moment: Getting accepted into the only college I applied for, N.C. State University.

If I had $10 million, I would: Give half to my church and use part of the rest to take care of my disabled mother.

• Benjamin James Cobb of Kannapolis, son of Malia and Jamie Cobb.

Clubs and sports: National Honor Society, Junior Civitan, Student Council Association, Show Choir, American Patriots, Youth Commission International

Volunteer work: Multiple mission trips, school cleanup projects, canned food drives, home repair projects

Extracurriculars and honors: Church choir, church youth group, youth choir, Vacation Bible School, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Youth Choir, All State Chorus, EAA Young Eagle Flight, National Honor Society Induction.

Advice to freshmen: Always aim for something better; never settle for average.

Favorite high school memory: Singing on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Varsity Singers in the National Youth Choir. It took weeks of practice, but the beautiful music achieved was well worth it.

Proudest high school moment: Also singing on the stage of Carnegie Hall with my friends and enjoying the rewards of our labor.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay off my family’s house, pay for my college, donate to my church and several charities, and then separate the remainder into specific investment accounts so that the $10 million would continue to grow, enabling me to continue to give to others who need it.

• Jonnie Lefebrve.

• Makayla “Cinnamon” Moore.

• Kayla Nicole Boley of Salisbury, daughter of Joey and Andrea Boley.

Clubs and sports: Varsity Women’s Soccer, FCCA Club Soccer, Varsity Women’s Golf, Varsity Basketball Cheerleading, National Honor Society, Relay for Life, YoungLife, Junior Civitan, HOSA, West Rowan Crazies.

Volunteer work: Volunteered at three Red Cross Blood Drives, built playground at Cleveland Elementary School, assisted the Lincoln County Coalition Against Abused Children in refurbishing a home used to interview abused children, provided gifts for Operation Christmas Child, various can drives, ALS fundraising and volunteer hours, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics.

Extracurriculars and honors: MVP Cheerleader 2010, two-time All County Golfer, three-time All Conference Golfer, MVP Golfer 2011 and 2012, two-time All County Soccer Player, three-time All Conference Soccer Player, two-time All Region Soccer Player, William “Billy” T. Cohen Award, West Rowan’s mathematics/calculus and science awards.

Advice to freshmen: Obtain a strong work ethic, give 110 percent in everything you do, and never settle for anything less than what you desire. I promise the numerous hours of hard work will pay off in the end and you are guaranteed success. Set big goals and dream big; the limit to your future is indefinite.

Favorite high school memory: Being a part of three consecutive women’s soccer conference championships and the first conference championship in West Rowan history in women’s golf.

Proudest high school moment: Realizing all my hard work through high school had paid off as I read my acceptance letter to UNC-Chapel Hill.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay off undergraduate and medical school, and proceed to practice my neonatal profession around the world. And of course, repay my father with the purchase of a boat.

• Katelyn Alexandria Myers of Cleveland, daughter of Butch and Donna Myers.

Clubs and sports: Student Government Association, Relay for Life, Junior Civitan Club, National Honor Society, West Rowan Crazies, Health Occupations of America.

Volunteer work: Special Olympics, local Red Cross blood drives, road clean-ups, Mt. Ulla Elementary School student tutor, Rowan Helping Ministries.

Extracurriculars and honors: Enon Baptist Church Youth Group, praise team worship leader, part-time job at the West Rowan Grill, Junior Marshal.

Advice to freshmen: Always focus on your academics, but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy high school. Participate in as many clubs, sports, etc., without overloading yourself and enjoy your four years in high school because they really do fly by.

Favorite high school memory: My AP Calculus class my senior year. There was never a dull moment.

Proudest high school moment: Opening my acceptance letter from my dream school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

If I had $10 million, I would: Donate to my church, help out my parents and open my own dental practice.

• Kimberley Irene Gada of Cleveland, daughter of Bob and Jen Gada.

Clubs and sports: Odyssey of the Mind, Sock Monkeys, Environmental Club, Dumbledore’s Army, JCL, Junior Civitan Club, National Honor Society.

Volunteer work: Feeding The Hungry Project.

Extracurriculars and honors: None.

Advice to freshmen: Don’t let the excitement of high school distract you from your studies.

Favorite high school memory: Participation in online classes.

Proudest high school moment: Reaching Goddess level at the JCL convention.

If I had $10 million, I would: If I have $10 million I would use it to help out my family and those in need.

• Nickolas Gene Waldo of Salisbury, daughter of Kevin and Angi Waldo.

Clubs and sports: Cross country, swim team (captain), track, tennis team, National Honor Society, Junior Civitan Club, JCL.

Extracurriculars and honors: North Carolina School of Sciene and Mathematics online program.

Volunteer work: National Honor Society and Junior Civitan Club projects.

Advice to freshmen: Do your best from the start.

Favorite high school memory: The cross country Boone trip.

Proudest high school moment: I don’t really have one.

If I had $10 million, I would: Have a lot of fast machines.

• Jacob Dylan Bruney of Mount Ulla, son of Tina Bostian and Eric Bruney.

Clubs and sports: Chess Club, Math Club, Running Club, Art Club, Junior Civitan Club, National Honor Society.

Volunteer work: Salisbury Block Work, Feed the Homeless, Eagle Scout Project (built outdoor exercise equipment for police at community college), Junior Civitan volunteering, run 5ks.

Extracurriculars and honors: Balanced Martial Arts (Black Belt Instructor), Venture Scouts, Eagle Scout, Valedictorian, Chess Club Spring 2013 Champion.

Advice to freshmen: Cliques are for people who are physically insecure and emotionally dependent on others. Don’t be afraid to break away from the norm. Be self-sufficient and become an individual.

Favorite high school memory: Spelunking with Mr. Rodney Clark for nine hours at Morrill’s Cave, Tenn., for my graduation project.

Proudest high school moment: Having the honor of both representing and bidding farewell to my classmates with my valedictorian speech, an opportunity to make one lasting impact on those who have impacted me.

If I had $10 million, I would: Not let it corrupt me. I would try to act on principle and share my riches to those who have given and are in need.

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