Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:51 PM
Academic Aces: Greenfield
The Wilson Times talked with the top seniors from each private school in the area about their high school experience, their plans for life after graduation and about what it's like to juggle academics, sports and part-time jobs.
The students highlighted in today's edition were selected by the administration at each school based on their grade-point averages as of early May.
Graduation at Wilson Christian Academy is Friday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium in the school's fine arts building. Graduation for Community Christian School is Friday at 7 p.m. at Raleigh Road Baptist Church. Graduation at Greenfield School is May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the school.
When Kenan Barnes and her fellow seniors at Greenfield School started doing exam reviews, the reality that she’d soon be graduating started sinking in.
Kenan, 18, has been a student at Greenfield School since kindergarten. Her older brother was already at Greenfield so her parents enrolled her there as well. It’s an experience she’s truly enjoyed because she knows the students and the teachers.
As Kenan explains it, students don’t come into classes blind. They already know the teachers and know what to expect.
"I’ve never been anywhere else,” she said.
Kenan has played three sports each year. She’s tried her hand at soccer, tennis, basketball and cheerleading. Kenan has also participated in the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, SAVE and SADD. Community service has also been a part of Kenan’s life in addition to spending time with her family.
Balancing school and her extracurricular activities has been a challenge.
Kenan was named the Greenfield Scholar this year after writing an essay about herself and how she embodies Greenfield in the things she does and how she tries to represent Greenfield in the community. The Greenfield Scholar receives a merit scholarship to help pay for tuition.
Kenan will enroll at North Carolina State University this fall. She plans to enter the university’s business school and most likely study accounting. Kenan said she applied to five colleges and she describes the application process as stressful. But she knew NCSU would be a good fit for her after visiting the campus.
During her free time, Kenan enjoys watching "Grey’s Anatomy” and "Big Bang Theory.” An avid reader, Kenan most recently completed "Silver Linings Playbook” after watching the movie. She describes the book as "a fun read” that’s written differently.
Kenan is the daughter of Keith and Susan Barnes.
Cameron Blair is headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.
Cameron applied to three colleges. She chose Chapel Hill because the school is close enough so she can come home but far enough away that she will get the college experience and be able to meet new people. Cameron considered the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of South Carolina.
Cameron, 17, has been at Greenfield School since preschool. The idea of leaving the people she’s watched grow up is sort of scary, she admits. When she looks back at old pictures, Cameron said it’s hard to believe they will be on their own finding their own paths in life.
Cameron plans to study psychology and minor in nutrition. She’s not sure yet if she will opt for medical school or graduate school. Cameron is interested in helping cope with issues they face in life. She hopes that minoring in nutrition will help her help people dealing with eating disorders.
Cameron said she feels really prepared for college. But she admits it’s difficult to balance academics, extracurricular activities, a social life and sleep.
At Greenfield, Cameron has been involved in tennis and cheerleading. She’s a member of National Honor Society, SADD and SAVE. She’s participated in Relay for Life and volunteers at community events like the Whirligig Festival.
During her free time, Cameron enjoys playing tennis and going to her family’s beach house. She’s also very close to and spends a good deal of time with her younger sister. Her sister will be a junior at Greenfield next school year.
Cameron said she likes that at Greenfield students can be involved in whatever they want to be. She also likes that her classmates feel like her siblings.
Cameron also enjoys reading and watching television. Some of her favorite shows include "The Office” and "The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. She recently completed reading "The Hunger Games.”
Cameron is the daughter of Larry and Tracy Blair.
When Stephanie McCormick’s family moved to Wilson, her parents wanted Stephanie in a small school similar to the one she attended in Ohio.
The family looked at their options and decided to enroll Stephanie at Greenfield. And she’s been a part of the Greenfield family since fifth grade.
The idea of graduating from high school still hasn’t sunk in for Stephanie.
"I don’t think it will be real until we’re on the stage,” she said.
Stephanie, 18, applied to four colleges after narrowing down her search to the ones that really interested her. She describes the application process as a lot of work but worth it once the acceptance letters start arriving.
Stephanie will enroll at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. She plans to major in biology and follow a pre-med track of study. Stephanie is interested in nutrition. But she’s doing the pre-med track so she can keep her options open.
Last summer, Stephanie participated in Summer Ventures, a science and math program. She presented biomedical research she completed during Summer Ventures during a symposium at Duke University.
Stephanie said she’s going to miss the comfort of Greenfield. At UNC, she won’t know everyone and she’ll have to learn her way around campus.
At Greenfield, Stephanie has been active. She was Student Government Association president this year. She’s in National Honor Society. She’s served as assistant coach for Greenfield’s Battle of the Books team since her freshman year.
Beyond Greenfield, Stephanie serves on the Wilson Youth Council and has been a team captain for Relay for Life. She’s also been active in Act for Youth.
During her free time, Stephanie enjoys watching "Big Bang Theory,” "Parks and Recreation” and "Saturday Night Live.” She just finished reading a book on Freakonomics.
Stephanie is the daughter of Thomas and Connie McCormick.