MELISSA N. FLEMING
My name is Melissa Fleming, and I am a super senior at Duplin Early College High School (DECHS). I have attended DECHS since 2012. DECHS is a place that is unique. It is unique because most of us students and the faculty in the school work hard to provide a better future for themselves and the people around them. I have a strong passion for hiking and poetry. During my senior year, I began getting involved with our school’s Outdoors club. This club gave me more than just taking a walk in the woods. It provided me with physical challenge and an emotional satisfaction. I have also been involved with the James Sprunt Newspaper, and that gave me an outlet for writing. I have learned that life is going to hand you a lot of things, and what is important is learning how to accept and to move on. In the words of Dylan Thomas, I “do not want to go gentle into that good night,” and I will “rage against the dying of the light.” (Poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas)
SCHOOL: Duplin Early College High School
NAME: Melissa N. Fleming
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: I plan on enlisting into the Unites States Air Force.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: Balancing school and life at the same time.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDERCLASSMEN: I have several things that I would like to share with them, one of those being to enjoy their time at high school responsibly, but also know that some things that they do now can affect their life later on. Another thing I would tell them is that life gets hard and it gets in the way of a lot of things, but it is important to have your goals in mind. It is also important to stay focused on those goals and keep why you have those goals in mind.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: The highlight of my senior year has to be the themes of life really coming into play. What I mean by that is that I am using the things that I have learned over the past four years now. From resumes to making rational decisions and weighing every option.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I will be in the Air Force pursuing my career, while drinking a cup of coffee.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: This was hard for me to decide because without everyone that has been involved with my life I would not be the person I am today. I would not know the things that I do now.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: I have compassion for people, I have always wanted to help them. I am also very outgoing. I always have been, I was the little kid that spoke to older people and asked how their day was.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: a. “We have our misfortunes. The darkest of days. We must endure and keep strong. Just look to the morning. The promise awaits. And know that this life must go on. And the sun always sets. The moon always falls. It feels like the end. Just pay no mind at all. Keep rolling. Rolling. Life must go on” Alter Bridge- Life Must Go On
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: Family/Friends, academics, teachers, goals, coffee
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I would want to move close to the Appalachian mountains because of my love for hiking.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: That I write poetry and I have some published online.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: This year is my favorite.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: A boat that came with all the necessary supplies to get home.