North Rowan High School
Son of Terry and Sheila Mulkey.
Clubs and sports: Junior Civitans, National Honor Society, Key Club, varsity golf.
Other extracurricular activities or honors: Relay For Life participant, All-County and All-Conference Golf, All-County Scholar and North Carolina Scholar.
Advice to freshmen: “Be you, don’t change who you are in order to be accepted. Going along with the crowd may not always be the best thing. Don’t try too hard to fit in with the upperclassmen.”
Favorite high school memory: Filling a bottomless box with peanut shells and putting it near Mr. Howard’s desk so when he moved it peanut shells went everywhere — one of the many jokes performed in his class.
Proudest high school moment: Playing golf my senior year and making All-County, finishing runner-up in the CCC conference and qualifying for regionals.
If I had $10 million: I would save my parents money and pay for my education, finance a college education for the younger children in my family (nephews and cousins), buy a house at the beach for my family, donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society and Agua Viva Ministries for missions in Costa Rica, buy myself a Sea-Doo, buy Carter a duck boat, build Coach Nixon a new weight room, and if there is any money left, I would save it to have after college.
Son of Vincent and Angela Connolly.
Clubs and sports: Junior ROTC, Student Government Association, wrestling, men’s cross country.
Other extra-curricular activities or honors: ROTC Scholarship, Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award and Regional Champion at 106 weight class in wrestling.
Advice to freshman: “Get involved, find your niche and perfect it while staying true to yourself.”
Favorite high school memory: Helping my team win the Individual Team State Wrestling Championship.
Proudest high school moment: Winning a four-year ROTC scholarship to Wake Forest University.
If I had $10 million: I would give a portion to the Veterans Administration and Rowan Museum.
Son of David and Kim Billingsley.
Clubs and sports: National Honor Society, Student Government Association student body president, Key Club president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, basketball.
Other extracurricular activities or honors: Eagle Scout Rank through Boy Scouts of America, NCHSAA Mens 2A Basketball Championship Sportsmanship Award 2014, 2014 SECU Foundation “People Helping People Scholarship.”
Advice to freshmen: “Get involved. If there is any school club or activity you are interested in, join in. If there is an organization you are interested in, but the school doesn’t have, get a teacher to support it as the adviser and don’t be afraid to start the club yourself. Remember to enjoy high school! You only have one chance, so get involved in school and in the community. You can make high school as fun or boring as you want, but you will be happier and more successful after high school if you get involved. Grades are very important! If you slack off early on in high school, it will be difficult to get your GPA up later on. Your grades are just as important senior year as they should be freshman year, sophomore year and junior year. Do not settle for less than your best!”
Favorite high school memory: Scoring the basket that got our basketball team’s score above 100 points in a single game, for the first time since 1989, the crowd going crazy, and seeing my name in the newspaper for it the next day.
Proudest high school moment: Being named valedictorian at the Senior Awards Ceremony.
If I had $10 million: “I would save enough to pay for my college, my sister’s college, and make a down payment on a house after college. I would save and invest enough to one day pay for any of my future descendants’ college. I would also give a portion to my parents, and the rest of my family. I would not be where I am today if not for my parents help and guidance. I would use some of the money to create two scholarships for deserving students who are going to college and dedicated to service. One scholarship would be for deserving students based on need and the other based on academics. The rest I would use to pay for mission trips to various countries and places all over the world. I would go on many of these myself, and pay for other groups who are going, or would like to go, on missions. I would donate to various organizations, such as UNICEF, Rowan Helping Ministries, Relay for Life, and March of Dimes. Just like Mahatma Ghandi, I feel that ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’ ”
Daughter of Russell Todd Smith and Kelly Morgan Smith.
Clubs and sports: Marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz band, drum line.
Other extracurricular activities or honors: Student Government Association, National Honor Society, junior marshals.
Advice to freshman: Do not care about what other people think of you. Do whatever it takes for you to be successful. Do not be afraid to take risks and open your mind to new possibilities and ideas. Discover what you are passionate about and pursue it.
Favorite high school memory: Performing at Walt Disney World with the North Rowan Marching Cavaliers.
Proudest high school memory: Being captain of an award winning drum line.
If I had $10 million dollars: I would use part to start a charity to help local businesses make their facilities more environmentally friendly, part to fund projects making clean drinking water more accessible in third world countries, and use the rest to travel the world.
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