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Graduation 2019: West Rowan High School All-County Scholars

West Rowan High School’s All-County Scholars.

Kacy Lauren Cole 

Kacy Cole is the daughter of Troy and Kim Cole of Mt. Ulla. A senior at West Rowan High School, she attended Mt. Ulla Elementary School and West Rowan Middle School. In the fall, she will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to major in exercise and sport science. From there, she plans to enter physical therapy school to earn her doctor of physical therapy degree.

Cole said she would like to help injured athletes regain their strength to rebuild them back up to their full physical potential.

During high school, she was a member of the varsity women’s soccer and swim team for four years, was in varsity cheerleading for three years, and served as captain of each her senior year She also served as president of the National Technical Honor Society, Senior Class vice president of Student Council and mentor and member for Student Leadership Club

Favorite assigned book: “Blue” by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Defining moment in my life : In the summer of 2017, I went to do mission work with my church in Haiti. I was a part of the team that helped out in the clinic and gave the people eye exams. Many of these people had never had an eye exam before and there was one specific man who made an lasting impact on my memory. I was able to find a pair of glasses that matched the prescription he needed and as he put his glasses on, he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said that this is the first time he had been able to see the wrinkles on his hands or see the words in his Bible without having to strain his eyes in over 15 years. This was a defining moment in my life because I realized that  , Kacy Cole as a 16-year-old, with no educational experience in optometry has made a monumental impact on this man’s life. I realized that I can make meaningful changes in this world.

The secret to high school success: The secret to my high school success has been to always give my best effort and never stop working hard. Throughout high school, I had to keep my priorities straight and make sure that I kept reminding myself of what my goals are. My high school success also came from making good relationships with my teachers and from the love and support that my family continues to give me.

If I had $10 million: If I had $10 million, I would first give back to my church and then to my high school, West Rowan High. West Rowan has provided me with so many opportunities and such a great teaching staff, that I would love to help out the school by donating a large portion of my $10 million. I would want to help and provide for some of the students to have scholarships money for college tuition, but I would also like to put some of the money towards remodeling or add-ons to the school.

Henry Grayson Hall 

Henry Grayson Hall is the son of Wayne and Kathy Hall of Woodleaf. A senior at West Rowan High School, he attended Salisbury Academy, Woodleaf Elementary School and West Rowan Middle School. In the fall, he plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to majoring in biology. His goal is to attend med school and become a radiologist

Hall lettered in baseball in high school and was a member of the National Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society and Serve U.

Favorite assigned book: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.

Defining moment in my life: Riding my motorcycle on the Trans American Trail this past summer was an eye-opening experience. Over 5,700 miles of dirt roads proved there is a lot more to experience in the world than I could imagine.

The secret to high school success: My secret to high school success is paying attention sometimes.

If I had $10 million: If I had $10 million, I would pay for all West Rowan High School students’ college tuition. 

Adisynne Dorina Henley

Adisynne Henley is the daughter of John and Elizabeth Henley of Cleveland. A senior at West Rowan High School, she attended Rocky River Elementary School and West Rowan Middle School. In the fall, she plans to attend North Carolina State University and major in human biology, with a  areer goal of working for Doctors without Borders.

Favorite assigned book: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hossein.

Defining moment in my life: A defining moment in my life was when I got accepted into my first-choice college. Before this I was stressed that I would not be able to continue my education at the college that was the best fit for me and would prepare me to fulfill my educational and career goals. Once I got in, I knew that I was on the path to living a successful life. The secret to my high school success is working hard to achieve your goals but remember that you are still young, so have fun and experience as many new things as possible.

If I had $10 million: If I had $10 million, I would donate a large portion of this money to medical research, particularly to areas that do not receive a lot of funding. I would also start a non-profit for countries that do not receive quality health care.

Chloe LaNelle Patterson 

Chloe LaNelle Patterson is the daughter of Doug and Michelle Patterson of Mt. Ulla. A senior at West Rowan High School, she attended Millbridge Elementary School and West Rowan Middle School. She will attend North Carolina State University in the fall to study nutrition science with a goal to specialize in nutrition as either a nutrition counselor or a sports dietitian.

Throughout high school, Patterson was on the varsity cheer team for three years, the varsity soccer team for four years and the varsity swim team for four years. She was also a member of the FFA, the Student Leadership Team and the ServeU team.

Favorite assigned book: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.

Defining moment in my life: A defining moment of my life was when I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder. Although the diagnosis was not shocking, as I have been living with symptoms all my life, this diagnosis encouraged me to dedicate my life to helping others who are going through similar situations and feel like they have no help. It helped me choose a career path that will accomplish my goals. Although it was a defining moment in my life, I strive to not let this diagnosis define me as a person.

The secret to high school success: The secret to my high school success was to stay focused. Although high school is a time full of many distractions and opportunities to stray off path, if you stay focused on your goal and the life you imagine for yourself, you will be successful.  

If I had $10 million: If I had $10 million I would spend it on research for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and other genetic diseases to hopefully come up with cures or remedies that help people who are struggling in their everyday lives find comfort and healing.

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