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Graduating Class:Graduating Class of 2017
College Acceptance:Louisburg College
What year did you start at JPII?
I started here at the beginning of my senior year. I moved from Chicago my junior year and I was being homeschooled. Before we came down, my aunt already had some different schools in mind that she wanted me to look at, including here. I was coming from a charter school so I really wanted to go to a public school, just because I had never been and I really wanted that experience. Once I came here and shadowed for a day, I knew this was where I wanted to be. It was just such a perfect fit for me. I didn’t get accepted here when we moved, so I worked really hard to make sure I got in for my senior year.
What did you do for your Senior Thesis?
I looked at teacher pay and evaluating our teachers. I found that vigorous teacher evaluations could positively impact education. One of my biggest pieces of evidence was a survey I had from the public school system in North Carolina for Pitt County. It gave me a little evaluation of what the teachers did, how they were and how they worked in their classes for the years 2012 and 2014. It showed that 64% of teachers agree that teachers should have a “talk time” to discuss things for their students. That was very helpful for my research because it showed that this system for the comprehensive school reform is actually working. I also did two interviews for my thesis, one from a private school point of view and one from a public school.
Where you heading after graduation?
I am very excited that I will be going to Louisburg College. Even though it’s only a two-year school, I think it’s good in between stage that you might be looking for. I am very proud that I will going there off of various scholarships, two of which are for track, and I’m very proud of those. One is for cross-country and the other is for track and field. I have been working very hard since my freshman year to say that I am going to school on a track scholarship. I am going in undecided but I know want to be a lawyer and go to law school, and you don’ t have to have a certain major to get in. You just have to pass the LSAT. Plus, there is a Starbucks on campus. Which is huge; everyone loves Starbucks!
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at JPII?
I have various ones, but if I had to pick I would have to say it was at a volleyball game in the fall. It was senior night, and the whole team already decided we really wanted to win this game. It had been a rough season for me so I really wanted to win this game. The ball was set to me in the back row and I had the most killer spike! It went straight down and I aced the girl so hard, it left her lying on the ground. I was so proud!
What is one piece of advice you would leave behind for an underclassman?
You have one-on-one help from all of your teachers. If you are looking for an environment where you can really learn and really get the grades that you want I really recommend giving this school a chance. I would also tell them to always go out for a sport, especially track and field, since I started the team.