OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Haley Abernathy
Few students have the opportunity to hold national leadership positions before they graduate high school, but when Haley Abernathy receives her diploma from the Highland School of Technology, she will already have had three years of experience as the national president of SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere).Abernathy is also a member of SAVE’s National Youth Advisory Board, one of 10 students who serves as spokespersons for the organization and also helps organize the national conference. It’s a weighty responsibility: nationwide, SAVE has more than 2,000 chapters in 48 states and 230,000 student members.
But Abernathy has managed to balance these duties with her coursework at Highland where she has maintained a high grade point average in the medical science pathway classes.
As the president of the SAVE chapter at Highland, Abernathy has organized programs to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving and has led the group of about 30 students in volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gaston, at local elementary schools, and with bullying prevention efforts.
And as if that weren’t enough, Abernathy also serves as president of Highland’s chapter of HOSA, the Future Health Professionals club. Her leadership skills will help her succeed next year as she heads to UNC-Wilmington. She’s planning to major in biology with the hopes of becoming an infectious disease doctor.
Congratulations, Haley Abernathy -- an outstanding senior in the Gaston County Schools Class of 2016!