Your time in high school is what you make of it, and I myself have thoroughly enjoyed my time. Some highlights of my high school career include winning Shakespeare Competition at my school and regional levels in 9th grade, earning me a free trip to compete in Nationals in New York City, attending multiple enlightening leadership seminars such as Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership at NC State, and Pitt County Teen Leadership Institute, volunteering as a counselor for local art camps, Special Olympics, and Episcopal youth retreats, having the honor of being accepted to Governor’s School of North Carolina in the area of Theatre, getting a part time job as a children’s caregiver at my local gym, and hosting North Pitt’s first ever benefit show for the arts.
This summer, I will travel to Rome, Italy, for my first international experience and I have been accepted to East Carolina University’s Honors College and EC Scholars Program, where I will be studying psychology and communication this coming fall. I am so grateful to those who have supported me, especially my parents, sister, close friends, and teachers. Best of luck to every student who is graduating this year, Arrivederci!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
SCHOOL: North Pitt High School
NAME: McKenzie Laurel Shelton
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: East Carolina University (Honors)
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT: Psychology
FAVORITE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Singing in downtown Greenville
FAVORITE BOOK: It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
FAVORITE SONG: "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
FAVORITE BAND: Sublime, Walk the Moon, Adele, Iron & Wine, Justin Nozuka
FAVORITE TV SHOW: New Girl, Ugly Betty, Workaholics, Arrested Development
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Easy A, Thoroughly Modern Millie
FAVORITE ACTOR/ACTRESS: Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr., Meryl Streep, Judi Dench
FAVORITE FOOD: Penne Vodka
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON WEEKENDS: Enjoy (the hopefully warm) weather at a festival and play music with friends!
FAVORITE SEASON: Spring
FUN FACT: I have a weird quirk...because my mom made me learn how to type on home row when I was really young, I "air-type" things out when I hear them! It looks like my fingers are twitching but I'm really just subtly typing words that I hear!
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: A distress flare