Rowan County Early College All-County Scholar

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 27, 2021

MacKenzie Rippey

Parents: Joyce and Darrin Darling.

Elementary and middle schools: Landis Elementary and Corriher-Lipe Middle School

College and expected major: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, psychology

Career goal: I am not sure what field I want to specialize in, but I know I want to do something with psychology.

Senior project: This was not required for Rowan County Early College.

Leadership positions: Rowan County Early College does not have sports, and I was not a leader in any of my clubs. However, I was involved in Red Cross, Junior Civitan, and National Honors Society.

Activities outside school: I volunteered at the Horse Protection Society through much of high school, I also try to help at my church when I can.

Defining moment: I think the most defining moment in my life was when I got in a wreck because I realized how short life can be, so I started deciding to make the most of my life by spending it doing things that make me happy.

The secret to your high school success: There is no secret because success comes in many forms. I strongly believe that success in school is not based on grades, but on whether you achieved your personal goals. I may have done “well” academically, but that alone is not a success to me. Going into high school, I wanted to set a firm foundation for college, and to make friends.

If I had $10 million: I would donate some of it. I would also give some to my parents to thank them for everything they have done for me. I would then put the rest of the money into savings, so it can accumulate interest. I would probably spend some of it on personal expenses, but I would try to save it to send my kids off to college.

About Carl Blankenship

Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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