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Aaron Meadows, HHS Valedictorian shares his experience

Havelock High School’s Valedictorian Reflects on His Experiences

By Aaron Meadows


As the valedictorian of the Havelock High School Class of 2019, I am appreciative of the opportunities I have been given and proud of the results of my hard work and dedication throughout these last four years.

During high school, I have had opportunities to take challenging courses and develop leadership qualities. I was the National Technical Honor Society president and a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club where I was honored to be surrounded by like-minded peers that also had the determination to excel. These friends and fellow students helped me develop leadership and social skills which I will take with me throughout my life.

I was also the captain of the golf team at Havelock High School for the 2018-19 school year and enjoyed playing all four years of high school. We placed in the top three schools of Eastern North Carolina and qualified for state regionals this past year. I really enjoyed playing and plan to continue golfing while in college and beyond.

While attending Havelock High School, I participated in the Career and College Promise program and earned nearly a full year of college credits. Through this program, I took classes face-to-face as well as online classes which gave me more flexibility to get school work done so that I could also volunteer in my community and hold a part-time job. Taking these dual-enrollment classes, along with my Advanced Placement classes, played a significant role in helping me be prepared for the rigorous coursework I expect in college.

I developed my passion for engineering and technology in high school. From my first Career and Technical Education (CTE) course at Havelock High School, I discovered my love for using math and science to solve problems. Once I determined that I wanted to pursue a career in computer science, I found it easy to pursue projects that were tailored to my interests such as programming robotics and designing graphics. My engineering classes helped me stay focused and excited about school. In addition, they provided valuable hands-on experiences and helped me build relationships with encouraging teachers who share similar passions. Completing CTE courses sparked my creativity and curiosity and also taught me how to think critically and collaborate with others.

 Through the CTE department, I participated in piloting an internship with Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East). It turned out to be an unforgettable experience and taught me much about working as an engineer. As an intern, I had the opportunity to visit and observe each department. As a capstone project to this experience, I was provided the opportunity to work on engineering problems specific to my computer science interest while I also learned a new computer programming language.

I have been accepted into the Honors Program at North Carolina State University and am looking forward to attending in August. With the assistance provided by the guidance counselors at Havelock High School, I have received multiple scholarships that will help me pay for my college education. I am excited about what my future holds as I embark on this next chapter in my life.