2020 West Rowan High School All-County Scholars

Published 12:05 am Sunday, May 24, 2020

Skylar Loraine Jahnke

Parents: Tina and Greg Jahnke

Elementary school: Woodleaf Elementary

Middle school: West Rowan Middle

College: Attending UNC-Chapel Hill to double major in political science and public policy.

Career goal: Go on to law school and become a lawyer.

Sports: Women’s tennis team

Leadership positions: President of Future

Business Leaders of America, co-vice president of National Honor Society, member of Crosby Scholars.

Outside of school: Working as a hostess at Olive Garden since June 2018, serving with Meals on Wheels.

Defining moment: A defining moment that occurred recently in my life was the stay-at-home order being put into place due to the current pandemic. I realized how many “normal” things I had taken for granted all these years, and how I never wanted to take these things for granted moving forward.

Secret to high school success: Learn how to properly study! It’s easy to make good grades on homework and classwork assignments, but the tests are what can make or break your grade. Learn what studying technique works best for you and allot plenty of time to fully grasp the material.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay off all the student loans I’m about to incur after many years of college.

Sarah Grace Day

Parents: Teresa and Danny Day

Elementary school: Woodleaf Elementary School

Middle school: West Rowan Middle School

College: UNC-Chapel Hill to major in biology

Career goal: My career goal is to become a radiologist.

Sports: Varsity cheerleader

Leadership: NHS officer, FBLA secretary and Relay for Life captain

Outside of school: I helped coach the West Rowan YFL cheer team this past football season. I tutored a high school student in math.

Defining moment: When I got accepted into UNC Chapel Hill. All my hard work the past four years of high school in order to get into my dream school had paid off. All the classes, time, and effort really was worth it, and getting accepted made me realize that if you truly want something you will make it happen.

Secret to high school success: Challenge yourself. Find someone to compete with and and use them as motivation to do more than the average student. It also really helped having the goal of wanting to go to UNC because that encouraged to me work hard as well.

If I had $10 million, I would: Pay for my college, medical school, pay off my brother’s college debts, pay for his graduate school, and then when we both become doctors I would invest some of the money into starting a joint practice for the two of us. I would also like to donate a large sum to scientists and research for climate change and other environmental programs.

Kevin Matthew Sullivan

Parents: John and Sharon Sullivan

Elementary school: Hurley Elementary School

Middle school: West Rowan Middle School

College: I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I plan on majoring in statistics and analytics, with a minor in either public policy or business.

Career goal: My career goal is to make the greatest positive impact I can. As a statistician, I will use math to help people make decisions. I want to give back to others since so many have given so much to me. I hope to work in either the sports, business or agricultural sector.

Sports: I was a four-year starter on the varsity men’s tennis team. I captained the team my junior and senior year.

Leadership positions: I served as vice president for the West Rowan High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America and oversaw a growth in club membership from four students my freshman year to more than 30 my senior year. I was a prominent member of the Student Leadership Team and an active competitor and participant in Future Farmers of America.

Outside of school: I am an active parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and have done community service with my church. I also love to play basketball and tennis with my friends.

Defining moment: The most defining moment of my life came in my eighth-grade confirmation class. It was during this period of my life that I began to take my faith seriously. My faith is what has gotten me through the difficult moments of my life, and is the key reason I am the man I am today.

Secret to high school success: Hard work. I was blessed with a good mind, but I have put in the work to cultivate it. It has been truly rewarding seeing my hard work pay off.

If I had $10 million, I would: Put $3 million of it in the bank, with about half of it deposited in a certificate of deposit or other long-term account, the other half in a more liquid checking or savings account. I would buy my parents a nice beach house, and then donate the rest. I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money, I don’t want a lot, I just want enough where I can go to the grocery store and get what I need without having to look at the prices.

Angela Madison Smith

Parents: Matt Smith; Angela and Larry Thompson

Elementary school: Woodleaf Elementary School

Middle school: West Rowan Middle School

College: Catawba College to possibly major in chemistry

Career goal: Possibly a pharmacist

Sports: I lettered in girls varsity tennis as well as marching band for all four years.

Leadership positions: I was executive treasurer for the Student Council, National Honor Society member and on the West Rowan Marching Falcons Leadership staff.

Outside of school: I assist in any way that I can at my church and I also volunteer at Rowan Helping Ministries.

Defining moment: When I chose to join the Marching Falcons my freshman year. The marching band has helped me grow so much as a person and it has also taught me many valuable life lessons. The band has given me many good memories and it is a very defining part of my life.

Secret to high school success: Finding a studying method that worked for me as well as finding activities that I enjoy and continuing with them.

If I had $10 million, I would: Doate some to my church and then pay for my college and a car. I would then pay my mom and step-dad back for all they have done for me over the years and then put the rest into savings