Scholar-athlete, volunteer, and leader -- Rebekah Manning is all of these things and more at Hunter Huss High School.
School counselor Lisa Brooks said Manning stands out for her resilience and ability to succeed after facing difficult obstacles this year. “Despite her circumstances, Rebekah excelled,” Brooks said.
But Manning’s achievements are impressive no matter what. She has succeeded in the challenging classes of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program and earned recognition as a scholar-athlete from the N.C. High School Athletic Association. A dedicated member of the women’s tennis team, she was also honored last fall as a Time Warner Cable Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Manning’s extensive involvement with the school’s Interact Club earned her a $1,000 scholarship. In the community, she is a member of the Youth Advisory Council for Gaston Cancer Services and has recruited other students at Hunter Huss to take part in the program. Manning has volunteered at Chapel Grove Elementary School and also served on the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, for which she was honored by the Gastonia City Council in May.
Manning’s teachers say she has an inner drive to succeed and is a natural leader. “She’s always willing to go above and beyond to help others,” Brooks said.
It’s not surprising, then, that she wants to pursue a career as a public sector social worker. In the fall, she’ll begin that process when she starts classes at UNC-Asheville.