BOONVILLE — Starmount High School graduate Samantha Nichole Cheek from Jonesville has been inducted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cheek is a freshman who wants to be an obstetrician and wants to major in biology and complete a chemistry minor.
At first, Cheek said she was shocked to hear of the NSCS invitation. Soon she said she realized, “Wow this is a pretty big deal at Carolina.”
Cheek said she views the NSCS as an opportunity to get involved and a place where she can fit in at a large university.
As the Starmount salutatorian for her graduating class in 2013, Cheek spoke to the student body about sticking to chosen paths, choosing right from wrong, and refusing to stray from goals and dreams. Cheek received an academic scholarship while at Starmount to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
“It is important to stay on paths, academically, socially and also religiously,” emphasized Cheek. She credited her parents with teaching the importance of those values.
Now she spends time on the Carolina Pre-Med Association’s shadowing committee, where part of her duties involve picking people to shadow doctors. She said it is an activity that she really enjoys.
Cheek’s mother, Samantha Grit, said she was happy for her daughter’s success and college accomplishment.
“She has always been very diligent in her school work and worked very hard,” said her mother. “During her summer break in early elementary years, she was in the Jonesville Library reading program and would read tons of books every summer. Samantha made straight A’s in elementary through high school. She made her first B in college and she struggled with that concept…she was not happy with that.”
In addition, Cheek loved to dance and was in the dance studio almost nightly while in school and kept up her grades through it all.
“It’s so amazing how she kept up her school work during those years and she also participated in some sports. I am also extremely thankful and blessed to have her and her brother, Ryan, as my children. Both are very good-hearted and kind.” She added, “Both my children have worked hard to reach their goals.”
Grit said along the way, school, dance, Sunday school teachers, coaches and her grandparents encouraged and inspired her daughter. Grit said she is grateful for the army of people in her daughter’s life who have made a difference. Grit added she feels further “blessed” by knowing that her daughter is attending a college she loves.
NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first and second year college students. Membership is by invitation only and is based on grade-point average and class standing.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.