Thursday, February 27, 2014
What’s it like to have your name written in stone and to never have it removed? Many may ask this question, but only 10 can answer effectively at North Augusta High School.
Ten students took the honor this year of being inducted into the North Augusta High School 2013-2014 Hall of Fame. Out of the many that applied, Ben Phifer, Hyuri McDowell, Brownwyn Bigger, Nick Barrs, Kelsey Williams, Olivia Oates, Eric White, Luke Smith and Sheena Amin were all inducted into the Hall of Fame.
One major trait about being in the Hall of Fame is being different. How do each of the inductees stand out, and how does this set them apart from each of the other inductees?
This question can be answered by observing what each of the inductees does in his or her community, school and in their free time. Throughout his high school career, inductee White has participated in sidewalk art, the school’s tomato launch, the mock trial ream, Palmetto Boys State, and he has received accolades such as junior marshal and various scholarships from colleges. White also said his work with special education students and his volunteer service has kept him active throughout high school.
However, inductee Barrs differs from him in various ways. Barrs has been a member of the school’s newspaper staff since he was a junior, was elected the vice president of the National Honor Society and enjoys singing in his free time. Barrs did, however, mention something very surprising; he admits that he is not the center of the world. Most teenagers believe the world revolves around them, but Barrs sees that there are others in this world who feel the same as he does. Knowing this, he tries to spread positivity the best way he knows how. He stays optimistic in tough situations and tries his best to be kind-hearted. On top of that, Barrs said he has lots of leadership abilities which set him apart.
Socially a standout in his class, McDowell was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Many people know McDowell and were proud of him for making it into the Hall of Fame.
Another inductee that really is a man of dedication and faith is Phifer. Phifer has stayed busy throughout his community by volunteering at his church, Grace UMC, and by participating in Salkehatchie Summer Service.
If one person is going to stand out in any class, it would be the valedictorian. A promising contender for valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class is Amin. She is also a Hall of Fame inductee. Amin said she has maintained a grade letter “A” in every class since she started high school. Fuller was also an inductee into the Hall of Fame. She felt very honored to be among such a great group of peers. She said she enjoys both the teachers and the students alike here at the school.
As the inductee seats began to fill during the Hall of Fame assembly, Smith’s name was called. As he walked down to the stage, a paragraph he wrote was read. In the paragraph he mentioned that, “North Augusta High School has molded me into the person I am today.” Smith has been a part of many things during his four years at North Augusta. One of those things is the school athletic department. Smith has played football and tennis while at North Augusta. Along with athletics, Smith said he stays deeply rooted in his faith and community. He mentioned something as honorary as this not only makes him proud, but his parents, as well.
So, how does each inductee stand out? They are proving through their countless extracurricular activities and their never-ending strive to excel academically, that they have the potential to be the new visionaries of their communities and the leaders of tomorrow. They have set the example, not only for the Class of 2014, but for those classes to follow.