• 55°

2020 East Rowan High School All-County Scholars

Sarah Margaret Dyer

Parents: Kerry and Heather Dyer

Elementary school: Granite Quarry Elementary School

Middle school: Erwin Middle School

College: I plan to attend the University of Georgia and major in business management.

Sports: East Rowan varsity tennis captain, track and Field, swim team, cheerleading

Leadership positions: National Honors Society parliamentarian, Student Leadership Team East Rowan representative, student body president

Outside of school: First Baptist Church Circle of Friends volunteer, Special Olympics volunteer

Defining moment: Attending North Carolina Governor’s School West was a defining moment in my life. I had the opportunity to be challenged academically and make incredible new friends.

Secret to high school success: Staying organized, getting involved, always giving my best effort.

If I had $10 million, I would: I would travel the world.

Jennifer Courtney Lohmeyer

Parents: Robert and Jodie Lohmeyer

Elementary and middle schools: Homeschool and North Carolina Connections Academy

College: I will attend a four-year university, and my journey begins by taking classes at Harvard starting in June. I plan to major in computer science or biology.

Career goal: I plan to become a veterinarian or a computer programmer

Sports: I participated in varsity cheerleading and varsity track

Leadership positions: I was also a member of FBLA, Junior Civitan, Sigma Phi Gamma, and Phi Theta

Outside of school: I volunteer at Faithful Friends, attend Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, played violin for the Salisbury Symphony Youth Orchestra for about seven years and was in competitive cheer for 11 years.

Defining moment: Winning the U.S. Finals for competitive cheer with Impact One Allstars North.

Secret to high school success: Balancing time for school with time for activities and sports. It was also helpful to have supportive family members such as my parents and grandparents, and great mentors including

Mr. Waddell, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Adkins, and Mrs. German, who all taught me how to problem-solve and that I can accomplish anything with hard work and determination.

If I had $10 million, I would: Donate money to the animal shelter, to my church, and to local schools. I would also buy a house at the beach and save/invest the rest of the money.

Tyler James Johnson

Parents: Ray and Angela Johnson

Elementary school: Morgan Elementary School

Middle school: Erwin Middle School

College: UNC-Chapel Hill to major in neuroscience and premed

Career goal: Neurosurgeon

Leadership positions: Founder/president of Future Healthcare Professionals, secretary of National Honor Society, member of Junior Civitan and East Rowan Business Academy.

Outside of school: Junior volunteer at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and intern at Salisbury Orthopedic Associates.

Defining moment: When I discovered my passion to become a neurosurgeon.

Secret to high school success: The most important factor in success is believing in yourself: believing that you can do it, believing that you deserve it and believing that you will do it.

If I had $10 million, I would: Figure out how to make $10 million more.

Athena Thomas

Parents: Todd and Miriam Thomas

Elementary school: Grace Academy

Middle school: Erwin Middle School

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in biology or mathematics

Career goal: I plan to enter the medical field, but I am still not completely sure of what career I might want to pursue in the future.

Sports: I did varsity cheerleading during my senior year.

Leadership positions: I was president of Junior Civitan, president of FBLA, vice president of National Honor Society and secretary of Student Council.

Outside of school: I have participated in competitive cheerleading for nearly seven years and have volunteered at Rowan Helping Ministries serving many meals over the past couple of years.

Defining moment: One defining moment in my life would be skipping first grade. I remember since I would be missing some of what I had to learn to prepare for second grade, I was told I would most likely be behind in a few core topics. I had to work extremely hard to catch up to the other second graders, which is where I believe that my academic motivation sparked from, and has kept me driven throughout my entire educational career.

Secret to high school success: Throughout high school, I have had to learn the importance of persistence, which has truly been the greatest factor in my success. Regardless of how hard things get, I’ve always found that persisting with my work and obligations has given me the upper hand. in staying organized and keeping myself up to date in order to produce successful. results.

If I had $10 million, I would: First, set aside enough to pay for college, then pay off all debt/interest of my parents, buy myself and my parents newer homes, schedule one or two long-term vacations and then invest/save the rest.


High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker


Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank


North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys


Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools


Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house


Quotes of the week


Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid


When will gas situation return to normal?


Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart


GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire


Black high school softball player told to cut hair


State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors


One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday


Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases


‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack


Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem


Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store


West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant


Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team


All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium scheduled June 18