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Academic Aces: Hunt
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Academic Aces: Hunt

The Wilson Times talked with the top seniors from each public 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.

Graduations will be held Saturday at Fike High School at 10 a.m., at Hunt High School at 1 p.m. and at Beddingfield High School at 4 p.m.



The best advice Olivia Ingram can offer high school freshmen is to get involved in something they care about but also be involved in other things.

It’s important these days for students to show college admissions staff and scholarship judges that they’re well-rounded and are involved in a variety of things.

Olivia, 17, has been actively involved since the day she walked through the doors of Hunt High School.

"Don’t be afraid to jump into it as soon as you get here,” she said of Hunt’s programs and student activities.

Coupled with a tough academic load, Olivia has found time to play tennis and participate in a number of clubs — Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Club Unify, Key Club, Interact Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Hunt’s Student Booster Club.

She’s also done Act for Youth.

The toughest part of high school for Olivia has been learning time management. Olivia said it’s a skill she developed due to the strenuous curriculum and because she wanted to go out and support her friends at different events and do other things.

Overall, Olivia describes time management as a "good skill I’m ready to take to college.”

"Thank you high school,” she said.

The reality that high school is over started to sink in for Olivia when she finished her last exam. This fall, Olivia will head to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An Honors College student, Olivia will study chemistry and hopes to one day do medical research. Olivia said Chapel Hill feels like somewhere she belongs.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys watching "Gossip Girl,” "GLEE,” "Criminal Minds,” and "Big Bang Theory.” She most recently read the book, "Help Me Find Your People,” a book sent to her by the university to read.

Olivia is the daughter of Michael and Cindy Ingram.



Danielle Wilson hopes that when she arrives in Chapel Hill this fall she’ll meet and find people there who have something in common with her.

She’s really excited about going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And that’s a tough thing for a Duke University fan to admit.

Danielle chose UNC-Chapel Hill because she’s interested in possibly pursuing a degree in biology and getting on the pre-medical school track. Danielle already knows she’ll get to spend one summer during college studying abroad because of a scholarship she received. Danielle will also be part of UNC’s first-year fellowship or seminar program.

Danielle has been an active member of Hunt’s student body. She’s played soccer, volleyball, ran cross country and swam. Danielle has also participated in Science National Honor Society, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Club Unify, Key Club, Interact Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes among others.

Danielle has also played WYSA soccer.

Danielle said she will miss Hunt’s spirit and attending sporting events. She’ll also miss not seeing people next year.

"Hunt is one big community,” she said.

It’s already hit Danielle that high school is over.

"After my last IB exam, it hit me I wouldn’t be coming to Hunt High School every day,” Danielle said.

During her free time, Danielle likes watching "That 70s Show,” "Big Bang Theory,” and "Dancing with the Stars.” She most recently read "Heaven is for Real,” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

Danielle’s advice for high school freshmen is to challenge yourself with courses and to definitely get involved in sports, clubs or both.

"Find a passion and stick with it,” she said.

Danielle is the daughter of David and Denise Wilson.



Emily Darr fell in love with the campus the moment she arrived at Geneva College in Pennsylvania.

Her parents went to college there. This fall, Emily will start her college journey there as one of 40 students in Geneva’s Honors Program.

Emily applied to four private colleges, all of which are located outside of North Carolina. She got accepted into each one.

At Geneva, she won the school’s highest academic scholarship worth $60,000 over four years. Still, making decisions about where to study after high school wasn’t an easy process for her.

Right now, Emily, 18, is undeclared when it comes to her major. But pursuing a career in accounting is a possibility.

Emily said she’ll miss seeing certain teachers and certain people she’s built friendships with during her four years at Hunt High School. But she doesn’t think the reality that high school is over will really hit her until she’s in college.

Emily, who participated in the arts program at Hunt, also spent time outside of school working with Act for Youth, a community theater group.

For the past two and one-half years, Emily has worked with Narron and Holdford attorneys part-time.

Balancing work and academics isn’t easy. But Emily has tried hard to find the right mix for her life.

Emily wants other students to challenge themselves during high school but to not forget what they love doing. She took art because she loves it. Emily said students also need to learn to manage their time but to not forget to enjoy life every now and again.

When Emily isn’t busy, she’ll take time to enjoy watching "Dancing with the Stars,” "Psych,” and "The Middle” with her family. Emily describes "The Middle” as a family favorite. She’s watching "Dancing with the Stars” for the first time this season. She also reads her Bible on a regular basis.

Emily is the daughter of Michael and Vonda Darr.
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