My name is Gabe Duncan and I am graduating from Craven Early College with my high school diploma and an Associate’s in Science from Craven Community College. After graduation, I plan on going to NC State University and majoring in biological engineering. I believe education is very important and that began at a young age. I didn’t grow up in the greatest household, but I kept my head up and remained positive and focused on school. I eventually lived in foster care and ended up living with my grandmother, my older brother, and my younger sister. Even though I have been through hard times, I did not let that bring me down. Being in that situation has led me to be a much more positive and driven individual and I now know that nothing can stop me from succeeding. I believe that everyone has the potential to do great things with enough confidence, faith, and will. Being a Christian and knowing Jesus has been the cornerstone of my success and I would not be where I am without Him. It’s His life that has inspired me and will continue to inspire me to do greater and greater things. His faith has also inspired me to be very active in my local church. I spend much of my time volunteering and interning at Port City Community Church. Other than that, I like to spend my time with friends, going to the beach, working out, working at the Chelsea Restaurant, and skateboarding.
SCHOOL: Craven Early College High School
NAME: Gabe Duncan
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: NC State University
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: I think the most challenging thing is staying on track and focusing on doing well in your final classes. Senioritis is real, so giving that final push in order to graduate can be tough.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: Lots of people struggle with doing homework and that takes a negative toll on their grade. I recommend keeping up with a calendar, so you know what is going on in your life. A calendar helps me keep track of school assignments, work, church events, and plans with friends. If you can keep up that habit, it makes planning when you’ll do assignments a lot easier and helps you plan when you’re free to have a good time.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: I don’t know if this counts as a highlight, but all the time I’ve been able to hang with my friends and go skateboarding and take trips has been the best part. Since I have less classes and more free time, being able to spend that time with people I like has been great, and I wouldn’t have spent that time any other way. One specific event that was amazing was skydiving.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: In 10 years I’ll be 28, so I like to think that I’ll be deep into my career in biological engineering, I’ll have a wife and maybe a son that is maybe 1 or 2 years old. I think we’ll be living comfortably, and we had spent our years before our son travelling and seeing the world in our free time. I think I’ll be well travelled, happy with my job, and ready to start a family.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: Jesus is definitely the most influential person in my life. I think without Him, I would’ve given up on doing well in school a long time ago and I would not be anywhere near where I am right now. I think his death and resurrection and the freedom that came with it has instilled so much hope in me that I believe there is no feat too large. His life has forever changed me and given me the knowledge that I can and will do great things on this earth.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: I think I can get anyone to laugh or smile with enough time. I’m a very positive person and I love to make jokes, so I think I can spread my positivity to others and make them feel the same way. You give me someone feeling down, I can almost always help them feel better.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: “Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright.” - Bob Marley
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: Jesus, friends, family, music, nature
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I think I’d love to live somewhere in Australia. They have very beautiful beaches and I would love the chance to live so close to the Great Barrier Reef and possibly be involved in its conservation.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: A couple of them might know this, but most don’t know that I had my ears pierced when I was in third grade. I haven’t worn any earrings in almost 10 years, but I could probably force one in if I really felt the need.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: I think freshman year was probably my favorite. I didn’t have as much freedom as I do now, but classes were much easier and I didn’t have a job, so I spent a lot of my time goofing off and joking with my friends. I still got good grades, but once all the work was done, we spent a lot of time editing pictures which was a lot of fun. Senior year is a very close second, but everything was so new and exciting in freshman year.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: I would probably take a camping knife. I think I could do a lot of things to survive (shelter, food, fire, etc.) as long as I have a good knife.