June’s Student of the Month is a natural leader

By Kendall Wiggins
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com 

Jessie Miller is Student of the Month for June, 2013 / Photo submitted

Drive, perseverance and natural leadership skills manifest themselves in Jessie Miller, a rising junior at Eastern Alamance High School and June’s Student of the Month.
Jessie has two younger brothers, Kyle and James, and is the daughter of Benjamin and Kara Miller.
Jessie was nominated by her mother Kara, who felt that in light of her excellent academic standing and kind heart, a very humble Jessie “needs to be proud of herself” and her many accomplishments.
Jessie is involved in a myriad of activities such as the Debate Team, volunteer work with disabled children and the Eastern Alamance Marching Band, in which she plays the alto saxophone.
“I really like being in band,” said Jessie, who was recently appointed the captain of the horn line, the second-highest position in the band.
Her leadership skills, one of the qualities that Kara is most proud of in Jessie, also helped her to secure a spot in the N.C. State Young Scholars Program this summer. At N.C. State University, Jessie will work under Dr. Lisa Grable in the realm of renewable energy.  Jessie, who loves animals, has longstanding aspirations to attend N.C. State University to pursue a veterinary degree, which she hopes will “help out the world.”
Jessie is more than a passionate musician and volunteer — she is a driven student.  With a 4.23 GPA, it is evident that Jessie puts in much hard work in the classroom.
When asked to give advice to her peers, Jessie said that “you should begin with the end in mind.”
Even on the days that you aren’t enthused or totally excited to go to school, which most teenagers have experienced at some point, you “can’t take school as a joke,” Jessie said. Persevering and pushing through any obstacles that arise will ensure that “great things will happen.”

 Kendall Wiggins is a rising senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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