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Athlete of the Week – Summer Fulghum

SUMMER FULGHUM
Rosewood High School

By ANDREW STEVENS

As a senior at Rosewood High School currently juggling a full course load at Wayne Community College, a full time job and a passion for art, it’s no surprise that Summer Fulghum thrives in a sport measured by time.

Fulghum has been an integral part of the Eagles’ 4X200 meters relay team that has reached the 1-A state meet in each of the last two seasons. She maintained a 4.375 grade point average this past Fall and has also won multiple awards for her work as an artist.

Fulghum is this week’s Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week. The High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group and Mt. Olive Pickles to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.

The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.

Fulghum began her career as a distance runner until Rosewood track coach Robert Britt convinced her to give sprinting a try. The Eagles’ 4X200 meter relay team finished second in the region last season and 11th in the state.

“My freshman year, I didn’t have anything else to do so I decided to try something new,” Fulghum said. “I actually started out in distance and I wasn’t good at it. Coach Britt saw me run one day and told me I was going to sprint, and that’s how it started.”

Fulghum is also a member of Rosewood’s 4X100 meter relay team, and she also competes in the triple jump, the long jump and occasionally the pole vault. Britt sees Fulghum’s contributions to the Eagles not only in what she provides on the track, but also in her leadership to her younger teammates.

“When Summer first started running track she had some issues with asthma,” Britt said. “She’s gotten control of that and it’s allowed her to work harder in practice. She’s also a leader on the track for us. Summer does a great job of working with our younger track members and taking them under her wing and showing them the ropes.”

Fulghum underwent knee surgery in October of 2018, and five months of strenuous rehab has her healthy and focused on her senior season.

“Five months of physical therapy really put me through it,” Fulghum said. “I’m ready to show what I can do and hopefully be better than ever.”

Aside from balancing academics, work and track, Fulghum is also an accomplished artist.

“Art is my get away, I love it,” Fulghum said. “I’ve won the Principal’s Choice (competition), I got third place in the

Superintendent’s Choice and I got first place in a competition held by the school.”

Fulghum plans to attend Catawba College next Fall and major in Biology.

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations Summer! It’s so reassuring to see a young person set goals and strive to accomplish them. I hope that others will see your efforts and achievements and be inspired by you.

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  2. Susie Stewart says:

    Congratulations Summer! They picked a great person. You’re a hard worker and you never give up. I’m thrilled to see you recognized in this way. Very deserving.

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  3. Phyllis Seigworth says:

    Summer is ny niece and we’ve always knew she was going to go far. Very level headed and smart young lady. We are very proud of her. Way to go Summer.. Aunt Phyllis…

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