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Kristin Ewan

It’s not every day you run into someone who will admit they enjoy calculus. But Kristin does. It’s one of the reasons this 18-year-old has decided to study aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University.

Kristin hasn’t always been interested in exploring new frontiers, per se. But over the past year or so she’s figured out that aerospace engineering is a field of study that will allow her to pursue her appreciation for applied math and engineering in a practical way.

Kristin said she thought about applying to some private technical colleges. But in the end she chose NCSU because no other school truly interested her. Plus, it’s close to home.

Kristin said she’s enjoyed her high school experience. She points out that there’s more students in high school compared to middle school. But she has found high school to be a more open environment. Kristin said the group of students she’s been with at Fike have been a lot of fun and it’s been good getting to know them over the past four years.

Kristin said she thinks it will take awhile before it sinks in that high school is over. She considered signing up for some college classes this summer. But Kristin said she decided to enjoy her summer because she plans to take school more seriously in the future.

At Fike, Kristin has participated in cross country and outdoor track. She’s served as secretary of the Interact club and treasurer of the National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Kristin has worked as a hostess at Paul’s restaurant for most of her high school years. She’s also worked as a babysitter.

Kristin also enjoys reading newspapers when she has the chance. Most recently, she was struck by some of the details of cases reviewed during the recent News and Observer series about problems within the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.

On television, Kristin enjoys political comedy and will tune in for “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” You will also find her watching the American science documentary show, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Watching the show has helped inspire some of Kristin’s interest in aerospace engineering.

Kristin is the daughter of Dave and Patsy Ewan.

Thomas Smith

Thomas wants to one day use his knowledge to help design better, less expensive prosthetic limbs.

He got interested in the possibilities of biomedical engineering after reading an article about a man creating his own prosthetic leg. Thomas will major in biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina. He originally thought he’d be going to North Carolina State University. But he reconsidered Chapel Hill after spending a weekend there in hopes of winning a scholarship via the Morehead-Cain Scholars program. Thomas ended up being a finalist.

He also reconsidered Chapel Hill because members of his mother’s family have attended and graduated from the school.

In high school, Thomas has played soccer, tennis, basketball, and been a member of the swim team. He’s served as vice president of the Science National Honor Society and as an officer in SADD. He’s a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Thomas volunteers every Sunday morning at the soup kitchen at St. Timothy’s church and has held a part-time job at Dick’s Hot Dog Stand.

Thomas said it has been hard to consistently watch some of his favorite television shows this year. But when he does get to watch TV, he enjoys “Dexter” and “Prison Break.” Thomas also enjoys watching sports.

Like classmate, Kristin, Thomas reads newspapers. He’s been keeping abreast and is concerned about the scandal involving Veterans Affairs and the treatment of veterans.

Last summer he volunteered with the Sons of Unity 5K and ended up using his work on it as his senior project.

This summer Thomas will work for his grandfather at Thomas and Farris law firm as an intern. Thomas will be going to Europe with his mother. He said he thinks the trip will be a fun thing to do before he has to start paying for his own trips.

Thomas said it has been nice having a lot of the same people in his IB classes in high school, particularly since he came from a smaller school setting at Greenfield.

But this top senior admits he didn’t realize how lengthy college applications were. Thomas applied to six colleges.

“It took up every waking hour when I didn’t have school,” he said.
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