High school opportunities support life choices

By Leah Waddell, Cherish Gwyn, David Byrd, and Luis Rodriguez - For The Tribune
Cheerleading is one of the many activities offered at Elkin High School which build friendships and help students make decisions about the future. Cheerleaders here are Ragan Crosby, Emilee Major, Kayla Felts, and Makayla Carter. - Luis Rodriguez | EHS

“These are the greatest years of your life, with wonderful memories,” said Makayla Carter, an EHS senior. Like so many of her classmates, Carter is looking forward to life after high school with decisions made now about career and college.

Carter enjoys varsity cheer, Elkin shooting sports, and is a part of the Fellowship of Christian Students. After high school, she wants to go to Surry Community College for a year, and then transfer to Forsyth Tech to study sonography. She hopes to become an ultrasound technician.

Looking back across her high school years, she does have a few regrets. She would make a few better decisions, as reflected in her advice to freshmen. “I would tell incoming freshmen to stay out of trouble, and just be happy with friends. Do not hang out with anybody that would tempt you to make terrible decisions that could change your life.” Carter feels it is most important to focus on priorities, like grades, and let sports and clubs come second. However, those sports and clubs shaped the decisions she has made about her future.

EHS senior, Micah Baker, who participates in swim team and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), said his future goals were shaped by his time spent pursuing his musical interests with friends. “Probably when my friends Nathan and Rhett and I, all got together to play music for the senior play last year with, Mrs. Smith, [that was my favorite]. That was a lot of fun!”

The senior play is a big part of twelfth grade at Elkin High School, so that was a wonderful opportunity for a junior to help. “I definitely want to go to a four-year university and major in audio and recording engineering, and minor in business. These are the guys that record music for artists and bands.”

A junior at EHS, Caroline Owings, looks forward to becoming a senior next year. She takes part in varsity cheerleading, Student Council, BETA, FCCLA, Interact, FCS, Elk-appela, Future Teachers of America (FTA) and Yearbook.

Owings admits that she was very scared on the first day of freshman year, but she has gotten more comfortable by meeting new people and joining clubs helped her to make new friends. A challenge she has struggled with, however, is being too involved.

“My toughest challenges would probably be pacing myself and not becoming too overwhelmed with school and extracurricular activities.”

Owings hopes to continue her education at Appalachian State University and work to become a special education teacher, which is why she is a member of FTA. She wishes to come back to Elkin after college, to teach in the elementary school. She is only a junior, but she already knows what she wants to pursue after high school, probably because of her many experiences with activities in high school.

All seniors interviewed see being involved in school clubs or sports as extremely important because the high school years are short. As Baker explained, “For the freshmen, high school is probably some of the best years of your life, and I know you might not realize that now, but trust me, they are and they go by fast, so stay cool and don’t freak out over little things and most importantly, have fun. Life moves pretty fast and if you don’t take a minute to stop and look around at it, you’ll miss it!”

Leah Waddell, Cherish Gwyn, David Byrd, and Luis Rodriguez are members of the Honors English I class at Elkin High School.

Cheerleading is one of the many activities offered at Elkin High School which build friendships and help students make decisions about the future. Cheerleaders here are Ragan Crosby, Emilee Major, Kayla Felts, and Makayla Carter.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_EHS-activities.jpgCheerleading is one of the many activities offered at Elkin High School which build friendships and help students make decisions about the future. Cheerleaders here are Ragan Crosby, Emilee Major, Kayla Felts, and Makayla Carter. Luis Rodriguez | EHS

By Leah Waddell, Cherish Gwyn, David Byrd, and Luis Rodriguez

For The Tribune