My name is Chibuike Uwakwe, but I go by Chibby. I am a student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Fike High School in Wilson County along with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Online program. I am the son of Evan and Ijeoma Uwakwe, and I have two sisters and a brother.
I have had the honor of serving as SGA President and President of the National Honor Society at Fike this year in addition to serving as co-captain of the varsity cross country team. Music is a huge part of my life, and I have been playing piano for over 10 years now. Through piano, I perform in recitals, compete, play keyboard for my church youth group, and accompany my school's choir. I have also enjoyed singing in my school's choir for the past four years.
My passion for service was stimulated by my participation in the HOBY leadership seminar at NCSU, and I have gone back in the following years to help develop the next generation of student leaders as a member of the Junior Staff. I stay civically engaged through membership in the Wilson Youth Council, and I volunteer throughout the community in student-curated events like Hope Fest, a benefit concert for the local homeless shelter, and in the local Upward Bound Program as a Spanish tutor.
I embrace the future God has in store for me, and I will continue to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to me in life.
SCHOOL: Ralph L. Fike High School
NAME: Chibuike Uwakwe
AGE: 18 years old
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: I plan to attend a four-year university next year, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Spanish. I am still undecided, but my top choices are Harvard University, Yale University, and Princeton University.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: My most challenging task as a senior is maintaining the momentum I have built up during these past 4 years in high school in order to finish strong. I've also found selecting a university to attend in the Fall to be especially challenging.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: Focus on developing your passions and cherish the time you have to discover who you are during your four years in high school, because it flies by in the blink of an eye.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: The highlight of my senior year was laughing, pondering, and reminiscing over the significant moments of Fike's Class of 2019's years in high school at the Senior Breakfast as keynote speaker along with my friend Myles Cyrus.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: In 10 years, I see myself working to develop my own biotechnology startup as I near the end of my surgical residency.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: The most influential person in my life is my father because he worked alongside my mother to ensure that I would have the best opportunity for success in the United States as a first generation American.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: I am Nigerian-American. I sing. I play piano. I worship Christ. I use my God-given talents and privileges to contribute to communities I belong to. I love to watch Downton Abbey and listen to obscure podcasts. I am Chibby.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: I value my faith, my family, my time, my health, and my mind.
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I would move to Nigeria, where my parents are from, in order to embed myself within the culture that defines my ethnicity.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: I have family all over the world: in Nigeria, in Canada, in the United Kingdom and more.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: My favorite year of high school would have to be my senior year! I have had the privilege of traveling all around the United States this year to cities I had never been to before like New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Practically speaking, I would bring a big, sharp knife. Otherwise, I would bring a lifetime supply of mashed potatoes.