• Graduation 2016
     Ashbrook        Bessemer City        Cherryville        Stuart W. Cramer
    East Gaston        Forestview        Gaston Early College        Highland        Hunter Huss
    North Gaston      South Point       Warlick Academy     Webb Street
  • OUTSTANDING SENIOR:  Alex Matthew
     
    Highland School of Technology - Alex Matthew Technically speaking, Alex Matthew earned a million dollars on the stock market before he earned his high school diploma. 

    Matthew has earned honors in student investment competitions at the state and national level during his time at Highland School of Technology, and he is aiming to turn his talents into a career.

    Matthew is one of the founding members of the Highland Investment Club, a group of students who found an interest in the stock market after competing in the North Carolina Stock Market Game. Last year, he and his team earned fifth place in the nation in the Capitol Hill Challenge investment competition by turning a hypothetical $100,000 into $149,461.84 over 14 weeks. That win earned them a trip to Washington, D.C. where they were able to meet with investment bankers.

    It furthered Matthew’s interest in the field. This year, he and a teammate won both North Carolina’s fall and the year-long Stock Market Game.

    Matthew has managed to excel in a wide range of activities all while keeping an eye on the stock market. He’s a member of the Technology Student Association, Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America and earned first or second place in the statewide competitions for each club in categories as diverse as animatronics, music production, science and, of course, securities and investments.

    He’s also managed to practice and compete in the sport of fencing with the Queen City Fencing club. He has earned a spot on the NCAA Division I sabre team at UNC-Chapel Hill where he is planning to double major in mathematical decision sciences and finance.
     
    Congratulations, Alex Matthew -- an outstanding senior in the Gaston County Schools Class of 2016!