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Graduating Class:Graduating Class of 2017
College Acceptance:Chowan University
What year did you start at JPII?
I started here my sophomore year. It was a joint decision between my parents and myself. My freshman year I went to North Pitt High School and we both wanted me to get a better education. This school provides some great athletic opportunities for me that I might not have gotten during my high school career somewhere else. My grades really excelled once I started and I really got the attention that I needed. Once I walked in the door here at JPII, it was a fresh start for me. This is such a family environment and everyone here always pushed me to be better and as great as I could be. I am so happy that this where I am graduating.
What did you do for your Senior Thesis?
For my senior thesis, I looked athletics and college scholarships. Especially whether schools should look at skill over injury, and if students should be able to keep their scholarship when they are injured. I was injured earlier in my career, so for me, I looked at whether you should have to tell a school about a previous injury and if it is beneficial for an athlete to redshirt for a year.
Where are you heading after graduation?
I am heading to Chowan University on a full ride scholarship for basketball and I’ll be studying exercise science. I am really comfortable heading off to college because I really feel like JPII has prepared me really well for this next step. We take really hard classes and your teachers really teach you the steps you need to know to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at JPII?
My favorite memory is when I got hurt and had surgery. When I got home from the hospital, some of my friends came over and they brought me a giant card that had been signed from the entire school. It showed me just how much JPII really is a family and that the whole school is behind you, no matter what.
What is one piece of advice you would leave behind for an underclassman?
I would have to say don’t take anything for granted that happens to you. You never know what can happen one day so always be thankful. I would also have to tell them that high school is just a “warm-up” for the rest of your life, so don’t take everything so seriously.