Thursday 20 Sep 2018


Rotary-Exchange October Student Of The Month

The Scholarship & Awards Committee of North Duplin Jr/Sr High School is pleased to announce Anna Lee Thornton as the October Student of the Month for the Mount Olive Exchange Club and the Duplin Rotary Club. Anna Lee is a senior at North Duplin, and she is the daughter of Allan and Laura Thornton of Faison, NC. She has been an active member and officer of the Duplin Health Sciences Academy, Beta Club, Student Council, Science Club, and Rebel Reach Out.  She also plays volleyball at the varsity and club level, and she is on the varsity softball team. Anna Lee actively volunteers at Sampson Regional Medical Center, and she is also a math tutor. She has created and advocated for two service projects throughout high school, including Books for Buddies to enhance the Backpack Buddies program at the elementary school, as well as promoting concussion awareness through her senior project.

Anna Lee has many achievements she has accomplished throughout high school. In Grade 10, she attended the Shelton Leadership Challenge and was our school’s HOBY Ambassador. In Grade 11, she won the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award, attended the Perry Initiative, and was the Superintendent’s Choice for Governor’s School East. In Grade 12, she has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and has been named the Athlete of the Week for the Goldsboro News Argus.  Throughout school, Anna Lee has played the piano and received the State Finalist in Piano Guild Award. She has also received many academic medals for having the highest average in her class.

Anna Lee is an avid reader, and her hobbies include playing the piano and volleyball, as well as volunteering. Her favorite book is “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, and her favorite musical artist is Frank Sinatra.  Her favorite quote is “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

When asked about an achievement she is most proud of, Anna Lee stated, “I am most proud of my senior project entitled “Raising Concussion Awareness.” When asked if she could invite someone to dinner, past or present, who would she invite? She responded, “I would invited Eleanor Roosevelt because she was such a trailblazer of her time. She did not let society define her, and she used her resourcefulness and determination to define society.” Someone that Anna Lee admires and looks up to is Jane Goodall, who to her, is another trailblazer. Anna Lee says, “Her work is truly inspirational both with chimpanzees and as a spokesperson for the wild.”

In the future, Anna Lee plans to attend a major university and major in Marine Science & Zoology. She is fascinated with research and would like to someday work with animals in the field of research.

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