Next Gen: Haywood seniors share best memories, plans for future

Jun 04, 2014

Name: Alexa Cook

Age: 17

High School: Pisgah High School

College Selection: Appalachian State University

Major: Education (Special Education) & Psychology

High School Take-Away:

My most memorable experience from high school is participating in the Teacher Cadet program. Teacher Cadet is available to juniors and seniors. It is held at Pisgah during the first level of the course, and during the last five weeks the student chooses a classroom, at a school of their choice, to work in. During the second level of the course the student gets to continue going to their field experience classroom for an entire semester. I worked in my mother's EC classroom at Clyde Elementary school. This program has provided me with opportunities to work with students with disabilities in a classroom setting. I have learned what it is like to be a teacher and different strategies to use when working with students. It has been a memorable experience because of all of the things that I learned and the relationships that I formed with the students and other teachers. I will never forget the wonderful students who were in my classroom and all that I was taught. I also learned that sometimes I have to step out of my comfort zone. At times I would have to complete tasks for my teacher that made me uncomfortable. I was glad that I was forced to step out of my comfort zone because it often led to some of my most valuable lessons. Overall, this experience was the most memorable over my high school career and has helped shape the person that I am today.


Name: Lidia Davis

Age: 18

High School: Tuscola High School

College Selection: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications

High School Take-Away:

I have definitely made friends to last a lifetime during my high school career, and I look forward to keeping in touch with them throughout the future.  One of my fondest memories of my high school experience would, without a doubt, be the trip to Europe we took this past spring break.  I loved being able to utilize the Spanish I had learned for the past four years at Tuscola, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to immerse myself into the culture amongst some of my best friends.  All of my teachers at Tuscola have been wonderful, but I would have to say that one of my favorite classes would be AP US History with Mrs. Cecelia Ruth Marcus.  I also really enjoyed AP Calculus with Mr. Randy Pressley. Having to travel to Asheville for dance classes almost every day of the week for 3-4 hours per night on top of a heavy course load was not easy, but I would have to say these experiences have helped me to manage my time. I have learned how to find a healthy balance between working extremely hard to reach my goals and enjoying the journey along the way.  I look forward to being part of the Tar Heel family, and being on the Chapel Hill dance team.


Name: Richard Lewis McKinney

Age: 19

High School: Central Haywood High

College Selection: Haywood Community College

Major: Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice

High School Take-Away:

Special rewards that meant a lot were getting Student of the Month for Altrusa Club this year and selected as their scholarship recipient. Also, CHHS chose me for the Nick Mastriana Memorial Scholarship. I am going to put my scholarships to good use at Haywood Community College. Mr. Barclay Taylor was a favorite teacher of mine in high school. His classes in agriculture have been very meaningful and enjoyable for me.


Name: Jordan Henry

Age: 18

High School: Haywood Early College

College Selection: Western Carolina University

Major/Minor: Nursing/Social Work

High School Take-Away:

The biggest thing I learned in high school is that you've got to learn to be comfortable with who you are. You can try to be everything for everyone, to get friends, but in the end, you've got to accept who you are as a person. Show who you really are, because people are going to like who you are, as a genuine person before they'd ever like who you try to be to make people happy.

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