OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Corey Swim
A talented artist, a hard-working student and athlete, and a good role model -- Corey Swim has been all of these things at Webb Street School, and his teachers know he will make a great employee as he moves on from graduation and into the workforce.Swim has made the most of the opportunities that came his way at Webb Street.
He was a three-time winner of the Webb Street t-shirt design contest and also won the Arbor Day poster contest. Not surprisingly, art was his favorite class.
“He’s really talented artistically. He draws all the time,” said principal Kelli Howe.
Swim was also selected to serve in Webb Street’s peer tutoring program, which pairs older students with younger ones. Swim spent time with his “buddy” each Friday, and they often spent time playing on an iPad together. It was time the younger student looked forward to each week. “Corey’s a good role model,” Howe said.
This year, Swim participated in the school’s Community Based Vocational Training program, which gives students the chance to learn job skills by working three days a week at local businesses. Swim worked at the Habitat Restore, Catawba Heights Baptist Church and Red Lobster, and his job coach is now helping him look for long-term employment.
Swim loves sports and has been an enthusiastic participant in the “Spider Bowl” football game and the school’s annual basketball game with the sheriff’s department. He also loves extreme sports, dirt bikes and four-wheelers, Howe said.
Swim works hard to achieve his goals, she added. He has earned the Kiwanis Terrific Kid award several times and was the school’s selection for the “Best and Brightest” awards sponsored by The Gaston Gazette.
Congratulations, Corey Swim -- an outstanding senior in the Gaston County Schools Class of 2016!